Same day standby on Jetstar/Quantas?

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  1. JWHPN

    JWHPN Silver Member

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    What is Qantas/Jetstars' standby policy?

    My wife and I are going on vacation to Australia/NZ. I needed a connecting hop between SYD to Queenstown to finish things up.
    I just put two tickets on hold using AA miles that have us going from SYD to ZQN via an overnight stop in WLG on Qantas/Jetstar.

    Right now,Jetstar ALSO has a direct flight from SYD to ZQN leaving at almost the same time as my connecting flight. That flight has no award availability, and is under a JQ flight code.

    Any advice how to approach getting on the direct flight without having to shell out a ton of cash would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. malikguy

    malikguy Silver Member

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    "Jetstar offers all day, every day, low fares so ’Standby’ ’Mystery Flights’ or ’Compassionate’ fares are not offered."
    http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/planning-and-booking/fares/our-fares

    Qantas standby fares
    Question

    Does Qantas offer Standby fares?

    Answer

    Qantas does not offer standby fares.

    https://qantas.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/406
     
  3. kiwi
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    kiwi Gold Member

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    Slim to no chance. JQ treats itself as a separate airline from Qantas (when it suits) and will not carry you on the direct unless your existing ticket is reissued by AA.

    An alternative is to just book a paid ticket on NZ or QF or JQ for SYD-ZQN nonstop. Depending on when you travel fares can be low (obviously not for mid-late winter or midsummer)
     
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  4. JWHPN

    JWHPN Silver Member

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    Thank you for the info and suggestions! Unfortunately, I'm going in the middle of high season, mid February and I really don't want to shell out $1000 cash to get 2 economy tickets. I'll probably just adjust my travel plans so that I leave a night earlier to deal with the connection. I love Sydney, but I want to maximize my time in New Zealand.

    I'm doing 90% of this trip on points, so I expected this to be difficult. I'll probably create my first ever trip report when I'm done, so that others can learn from my experiences.

    Thank you again for the advice.
     
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