Qantas Offering Chauffer Service to Business and First Class Customers on Longhaul = AWESOME

5 days ago, the View From The Wing blog noted that Qantas is adding free chauffeur service for first and business class customers flying on Qantas metal on their long-haul flights to the USA, Dubai, and London.

This is great news for me because on the Trip of a Million Lifetimes we have one of the coveted long-haul Qantas legs in business class, Sydney to Dallas.  We actually have other Qantas flights as well, including:

Noumea – Sydney – Melbourne (stopover)

Melbourne – Cairns (stopover)

Cairns – Sydney (stopover); then as noted

Sydney – Dallas

I think normally the pick-up drop off service is only supposed to apply to your long-haul flight and any connections you have to it.  Well I checked the Qantas website, and it treats all our legs above as valid connections for the service.  Thus they are offering Lady Tocqueville and I a total of four chauffer pickups!  They are:

  • Airport pick-up at Melbourne
  • Airport drop-off at Melbourne
  • Airport pick-up at Sydney
  • Airport drop-off at Sydney
  • In Cairns, we have a rental car and wouldn’t need this service anyway

We were going to take taxis, or the city bus, so this is a massive, free perk I value at around at least $300 USD.

Here is how to register on-line for this awesome service:

  1. In my case, I had an American Oneworld Explorer Award.  I called American and asked for my Qantas record locator number.
  2. I then went on the Qantas website, and under ‘Manage my booking’ put in the record locator number and my last name.
  3. Once there, I clicked on “book now” under customize your journey.
  4. This screen showed all my eligible legs, and I registered our flight information for each one.
  5. Our flight arrival times and terminals were prepopulated.  I keyed in our hotel addresses and we were good as gold as they say down under.

Click Manage Your Booking

Click manage your booking

Book Now

All our eligible flights were displayed

All our eligible flights were displayed

I had to do this again for Lady Tocqueville based on her record locator number.  I have got to believe Qantas or their chauffeur vendor are smart enough to combine our rides, instead of send 2 limos to pick us up at the same time for each segment.  However, we will find out!

How awesome is this!


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