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Question 167

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Bourbon Miles, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. Bourbon Miles

    Bourbon Miles Reader

    Hi Lucky,

    Every 2 years I use 300K AA miles to fly my family of 4 round trip coach from JFK to Sydney, Melbourne or other OZ city destinations on Qantas. I just booked this trip for 300K and to my surprise discovered that Qantas now charges $25 per seat for an advance int'l seat assignment. The only alternative is to wait until 24 hours before the flight departs (a scary thought trying to get four seats together on an always full QF 747). Also, if I change my int'l QF flight time/day then the seat fee is not refundable or transferrable to the new flight.

    I don't mind being nickled and dimed on Ryan Air or Spirit - but Qantas international? BTW, QF domestic flights charge no fee for seats.

    Therefore, I will no longer use AA miles to fly on QF to Australia when I can fly UA to OZ without the seat charges - a savings of $200 r/t for me.

    Lucky, are you aware of this $50 surprise r/t advance seat selection fee from QF? No reservation specialists I spoke to at AA while booking this trip were.
  2. Lucky

    Lucky One Mile At A Time

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    @ Bourbon Miles -- Yep, it is indeed a fairly new policy they've implemented due to their financial situation. For what it's worth, BA charges you to even select business class seats in advance. Agree it's rather unfortunate.