Do QF or AA "block" award bookings using AA miles in F on QF A380?

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  1. jfhscott
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    I hope the thread says it all, but I've found what I believe to be seat availability in F on an LAX-SYD, but think I have heard of some sort of blocking on Qantas's A380's.

    Or am I confusing this?
     
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    I had two trips on QF A380s in F this year on AA miles. This doesn't mean that sometimes you'll see availability and AA says they don't, because it will. But blocking? No.

    I believe SQ blocks award space in F on the A380.
     
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    Also AA only allows reservations 330 days in advance, while qf and BA and others go to [355] - so pax using points from those alliance carriers have a head start.

    Also, some routes are tougher than others. Syd/Mel to SIN is probably the best bet if you want to sit in front.
     
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    It is, after all, "a class beyond first."

    I think suites are only available using sq points. Even sq rtw f tickets don't include a380 f flights (youre put into j on those).
     
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    What route(s)?
     
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    The "easy" SIN-SYD route you mentioned above, and also LAX-SYD.
     
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    Thanks to all.

    Just made a booking which involves an F booking SYD to LAX next January!
     
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    Enjoy it, it's lovely!

    Note that my experience was that you should make sure to be very open about asking what is available and telling your FA what you'd like.

    My first A380 flight on QF I ended up sleeping without the mattress top (very uncomfortable) because I assumed that they'd offer to make my bed like they did on CX. Only after a restless flight of sleep did I wake up to see that the rest of the cabin had mattress tops. :eek: My experience has been that QF FAs are very nice and professional but don't really go out of their way to suggest amenities to you like they do on CX. But I have a limited pool of experience.

    I didn't make that mistake again on my next flights in QF F, though. ;)
     
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    Wow. Good on you!
     
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    Maybe it's not as tough as I think!

    When you depart syd, arrive a few hours early - the syd f lounge is one of the best on the ow system.

    Also, two days before departure, dial 13 13 13 in Australia (qf reservations) and ask to be connected to the first class lounge at Sydney. You can pre-reserve a free spa appointment as an f pax, and you can also arrange for curbside (kerbside) greeting service - a light version of AA's five star service (free to f pax).

    Depending on how much time you have, you might consider a visit to the Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Just off of Adelaide, it's very memorable. I have two other posts on Australia points here: http://www.sitinfirst.com/category/destinations/australia/ I will post one on SOL shortly.

    Enjoy your trip to Oz - it's a great destination.
     
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    There's no blocking in the sense that we got to know it over at United.
     
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