Can you buy QF coded AA flights without a connecting QF flight?

By nmalon | Aug 21, 2017, 11:05 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am trying to to a status run while living here in the US to keep my FF status with QF given i will be moving back at the end of the year but my anniversary is next month. Just wondering if there is any way to book a QF coded AA flight without having an onward or connecting QF flight?

It will save me an extra trip if I can do it as a QF coded flight.

Many thanks in advance!
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By henrus | Aug 21, 2017, 11:34 PM
No they only sell QF coded AA operated flights when booked with a flight to/from Oz.


If you know what date you're returning home (and haven't booked the flight yet) then you can book it with 4 domestic legs on QF codes and then the QF flight back home as a multi stop.


It may also be worth looking at Fiji Airways flights that are coded with a QF flight number. Currently HNL-NAN return is around $800 on a QF flight number.


Update - I've been playing around with the QF multi stop and webjet sites with different combinations of flights. I was able to get it working with JFK-SFO-LAX (QF coded AA opereated) and then three months later LAX-SYD (QF coded and operated)

Last edited by henrus at Aug 22, 2017, 12.03 AM.
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By Himeno | Aug 22, 2017, 12:50 PM
It depends on a number of things including ticket type, type of codeshare agreement, location of codeshare flight etc

In general, with short haul codeshare flights in the US and Europe, you need a QF coded international flight elsewhere on the same ticket. (Trying to work out if that "same ticket" really means "same PNR", so that I could have a QF coded LAX-SFO-LAX on a different ticket within the same PNR as a larger RTW ticket)
In theory, there should be nothing wrong with having a QF coded LAX-JFK without an AU-LAX, if QF2 LHR-DXB is also on that ticket.
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By henrus | Aug 22, 2017, 04:37 PM
Himeno raised an interesting point and so I went looking to see if it was indeed possible to get a QF coded AA operated domestic flight without the USA-AU flight.

I did find that it was entirely possible and using website was able to search for JFK-LAX and then SYD-BNE as two multistop flights. It even allowed for bookings on QF12 from JFK-LAX but the price was crazy expensive with the two one way flights (JFK-LAX and then SYD-BNE) priced at around $1300 in Economy.

I wasn't able to get the same thing to work with QF1,2,9 or 10 but I was able to get a price ($1700 in Economy) for QF12 from JFK-LAX and then 1 month later QF51 from BNE-SIN which means it should be possible.
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