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Qantas extends flexible bookings again

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Book before the end of September and you can skip any change fees.

Last week, Qantas temporarily updated its rules again for how bookings can be changed. Any new domestic booking made before 30 September 2020 for travel before 30 November 2020 won't attract any change fees if you decide to alter it. Previously, that offer to waive the change fee had been due to finish at the end of August. The change fee on sale fares is normally $99.

As usual, the fine print matters. You can change your flight, but you'll have to pay any fare difference for the new seat you want. And you can't simply choose to cancel your flight and get a refund. If Qantas cancels your flight, you'll have the option of a refund, but not if you choose to cancel a booking for a flight that's actually running.

As we've noted recently, Classic Flight Rewards also remain good value. New Classic Flight Reward bookings can be changed or cancelled without any points penalty until the end of October.

The massive constraint on all this flexibility is, of course, that during the coronavirus pandemic, your options for any domestic flight that runs before 30 November are generally limited to travel within your own state. In Victoria, there are effectively no options in that time frame (outside people like medical workers who need to fly urgently).

And it's a domestic-only deal. There's no chance the much-mooted Australia/New Zealand travel bubble will happen before November (that looks like 2021 at the earliest). Any other international travel is even further away.

Still, if you want to make a Brisbane-Cairns, Perth-Broome or Sydney-Ballina booking, the risk of losing all the ticket value is lower while the rules have been relaxed. Travel right now is very much about small forward steps.

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