Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3086 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3768 times:
Quoting ANstar (Reply 1): I'm pretty sure they don't - especially on the Pacific routes - a lot of the time you cant even buy F or J seats they go out pretty full
Qantas very own staff have to work for QF for 7 years before they can purchase business class...and I believe only select groups of staff can purchase First... I think it may just be management and flight crew. Cabin crew, I don't think can.
In any case, there are huge chunks of QF's own staff that can't use this product unless they pay full price like everybody else...so in all honesty, you've got jack all chance of getting it as an outsider unless you happen to know somebody with the ability in QF to a decision. (try station manager/Purser etc - and even then, on the pacific routes...good luck finding an empty First or Business class seat.)
I'd suggest you try Air NZ.... I think STAR alliance have some more common rules on these things?
HKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3683 times:
Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 2): Qantas very own staff have to work for QF for 7 years before they can purchase business class...and I believe only select groups of staff can purchase First... I think it may just be management and flight crew. Cabin crew, I don't think can.
Yeah only pilots and executive level staff can purchase/upgrade to First.
However I believe any QF staff can purchase an upgrade to Domestic First & Business Class (where available, of course), not sure about other airlines' staff.
Onedude From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 214 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3517 times:
The short answer is no. QF don't upgrade non-rev staff who don't have the correct duty travel code, and will leave you behind if Y is full and they don't upgrade any revenue pax to J or F. As a staff member of five years, I was left behind once or twice, and that was with a high priority code.
Also be careful on the US/Australia runs, as last minute freight is often worth far more than a couple of non-rev pax, so even with seats open, they can sometimes elect to take the freight instead. It becomes a weight vs profit issue basically.