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Old Oct 26th 2011, 7:22 am
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Originally Posted by lonndongeek View Post
The 'official' line is that unless you're on a Qantas flight (Qantas plane, not codeshare) you can't use BA lounges at heathrow with your Qantas Club card.

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Well, we have gone through T3 on BA between Oz and the UK half a dozen times this last year, and are due to do so again twice next month - just checked. They may of course change to T5 by the time you go otherwise brace yourself!
Aw, ok. Well I am sure I will survive whatever but there are so few Concorde lounges I was looking forward to it. We are not going until September.
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Originally Posted by Bermudashorts View Post
Aw, ok. Well I am sure I will survive whatever but there are so few Concorde lounges I was looking forward to it. We are not going until September.
You'll have to slum it in the First Class lounge in T3 then. Frankly, they are all the same anyway - just somewhere to get a bit of quiet after being frisked by a guy who is the spitting image of Mohammed Atta...............
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You'll have to slum it in the First Class lounge in T3 then. Frankly, they are all the same anyway - just somewhere to get a bit of quiet after being frisked by a guy who is the spitting image of Mohammed Atta...............
Bah humbug to that.

(I am in first class on FF points only of course, I was thinking someone would notice this and bar me anyway ).
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Old Oct 26th 2011, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by lolcat View Post
Thanks for all the feedback guys, it's been very helpful.
I'll give membership a go for a year, as we've planned a few trips back for weddings etc. over the course of 2012.
Check into options about taking out multi years whilst outside of Oz. There is a discount for multi years as well as having an address outside Oz.

I took out 5 year membership when I was living in NZ which saved a bundle on doing the same thing when back in Oz
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Originally Posted by Bermudashorts View Post
Bah humbug to that.

(I am in first class on FF points only of course, I was thinking someone would notice this and bar me anyway ).
...was than ban or invite you for a drink....:-)
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Old Oct 26th 2011, 9:32 pm
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You'll have to slum it in the First Class lounge in T3 then. Frankly, they are all the same anyway - just somewhere to get a bit of quiet after being frisked by a guy who is the spitting image of Mohammed Atta...............
T3 is no where as good as T5...all very rushed and over crowded.....
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T3 is no where as good as T5...all very rushed and over crowded.....
If it means a way of avoiding flying BA I'll take the chaos of T3 anyday

I used to like the old T4, when Qantas flew from there, now THAT was a civilised terminal
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>>............... now THAT was a civilised terminal <<

Bit oxymoronic, no?

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Originally Posted by Bermudashorts View Post
Aw, ok. Well I am sure I will survive whatever but there are so few Concorde lounges I was looking forward to it. We are not going until September.
Coincidentally I've just received the terminal changes from BA that are applying from Oct 31st, and Oz looks as if it will stay in T3:

British Airways flights moving from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 - Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD)

British Airways flights moving from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3
Bucharest (OTP)
Budapest (BUD)
Larnaca (LCA) *
Prague (PRG)
Warsaw (WAW)
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If it means a way of avoiding flying BA I'll take the chaos of T3 anyday

I used to like the old T4, when Qantas flew from there, now THAT was a civilised terminal
...with a nice link to a hotel and easy train access.....a-men
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Last time I was at T4 it was a building site. Have they finished?

Originally Posted by Pollyana View Post
If it means a way of avoiding flying BA I'll take the chaos of T3 anyday

I used to like the old T4, when Qantas flew from there, now THAT was a civilised terminal
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Last time I was at T4 it was a building site. Have they finished?
Still closed as far as I know.
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Question for the seasoned QFF members.

We have been saving our QFF points for about 3 years now and have about 260,000 QFF points accumulated. It was my understanding that when redeeming points you still had to pay taxes, which for Qantas are quite high, I believe.

Anyway, my question is, do taxes change throughout the seasons? IE: are taxes during Xmas any higher than they would be right now for instance?

The reason I ask, is because I just went onto the QFF site and looked at some flights. During October, for two adults, it came to $4700 inc taxes, if I opt to do points plus pay, 300k points + $1600 gets me those two tickets. But if I look at flights over Xmas ($5,746), 300k points means I then have to pay $3000. This suggests to me one of two things, either taxes are more expensive during Xmas, or Qantas devalue their points over that period?

Any thoughts from the seasoned bunch on here?
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Question for the seasoned QFF members.

We have been saving our QFF points for about 3 years now and have about 260,000 QFF points accumulated. It was my understanding that when redeeming points you still had to pay taxes, which for Qantas are quite high, I believe.

Anyway, my question is, do taxes change throughout the seasons? IE: are taxes during Xmas any higher than they would be right now for instance?

The reason I ask, is because I just went onto the QFF site and looked at some flights. During October, for two adults, it came to $4700 inc taxes, if I opt to do points plus pay, 300k points + $1600 gets me those two tickets. But if I look at flights over Xmas ($5,746), 300k points means I then have to pay $3000. This suggests to me one of two things, either taxes are more expensive during Xmas, or Qantas devalue their points over that period?

Any thoughts from the seasoned bunch on here?
The taxes are the same throughout the year. What really costs is Qantas' fuel surcharges - they are probably about 2.5 times the real taxes - again they are the same throughout the year.

There are 2 different ways to redeem. One, you look for a classic redemption and if you find it, regardless of the time of the year it will cost you 128k points + taxes + fuel fines. It sounds like you are looking at any seat options where you effectively pay part of the revenue fare with your points...with a maximum number of points you can contribute. So as Xmas flights are much more expensive the cash component is much higher.

The website won't tell you but sometimes an anyseat award can work out at exactly the same cost in miles + total cash as a classic award...but with the ASA you earn miles and status credits. Booking redepmtions on QFF is an absolute nightmare, awful website full of bugs and gotchas.
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