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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1170 on: January 27, 2020, 01:48:23 PM »
Is it possible that they just haven't released award seats for the route yet? It's not set to start until march.
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1171 on: January 27, 2020, 01:50:42 PM »
Is it possible that they just haven't released award seats for the route yet? It's not set to start until march.

don't think that's it, because Qantas sms was ready to book the flight there for me. Just didn't have anything for the way back.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1172 on: January 27, 2020, 01:56:04 PM »
don't think that's it, because Qantas sms was ready to book the flight there for me. Just didn't have anything for the way back.
Why not book one way at a time?
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1173 on: January 27, 2020, 03:33:57 PM »
Why not book one way at a time?

Can we do that? Is it just half of the roundtrip cost?

What happens if we can not find a return flight, is there a fee to cancel?

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1174 on: January 27, 2020, 03:36:20 PM »
is there a fee to cancel?
6,000 points afaik

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1175 on: January 27, 2020, 04:28:21 PM »
6,000 points afaik

any way around that?

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1176 on: January 27, 2020, 04:31:36 PM »
thoughts on flying on EL AL's 777-200 in business (old angle-flat seats)? Worth it? Or rather fly a day later on dreamliner?

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1177 on: January 27, 2020, 04:51:30 PM »
You made a LY change online?

Yes. I booked online. They give the option to split records for multiple passengers. Then you can upgrade (pending space availability) or cancel online after the split. Those are the 2 changes I had an option to do. Perhaps for something more complicated calling is required.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1178 on: January 27, 2020, 04:54:58 PM »
Can we do that? Is it just half of the roundtrip cost?

What happens if we can not find a return flight, is there a fee to cancel?

For the return you should be open to looking at other options such as United, Flying Blue, etc should LY release no space to QF.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1179 on: January 27, 2020, 05:21:53 PM »


Yes. I booked online. They give the option to split records for multiple passengers. Then you can upgrade (pending space availability) or cancel online after the split. Those are the 2 changes I had an option to do. Perhaps for something more complicated calling is required.
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1180 on: January 27, 2020, 08:07:02 PM »
For the return you should be open to looking at other options such as United, Flying Blue, etc should LY release no space to QF.


Yes, just super annoying. Was so excited to finally have a direct flight from Chicago. Also when I tried to book the one way there they suddenly only had 1 ticket available, not 2.

Back to the drawing board. Good thing I didn't transfer hundreds of thousands of amex points specifically for this route. 🙄

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1181 on: January 27, 2020, 11:22:39 PM »
thoughts on flying on EL AL's 777-200 in business (old angle-flat seats)? Worth it? Or rather fly a day later on dreamliner?
Horrible experience. Seats were just terrible. With metal footrest digging into feet when you try to sleep. They are open and exposed and the crew made sure to bump me all night. Wait the day.
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1182 on: January 27, 2020, 11:27:14 PM »
thoughts on flying on EL AL's 777-200 in business (old angle-flat seats)? Worth it? Or rather fly a day later on dreamliner?
dreamliner is great  never flew on the old one but was told its not too good

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1183 on: January 28, 2020, 02:10:43 AM »
"Had an option to do" or did?

I did split a reservation and canceled 1.

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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
« Reply #1184 on: January 28, 2020, 03:38:46 AM »
I did split a reservation and canceled 1.
That wasn't the question. I find it hard to believe that he did a QF change for LY online.
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