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Old Jun 6, 20, 4:17 pm
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Originally Posted by waterandwoods
I'm looking to book two one way first class award seats ATH-EWR for my brother's honeymoon (May 2021). If only one first class seat is available I'd like to book one of them in first and one in business and keep checking for additional space to open up. What are the change fees if I am able to find an additional seat in first class? Is this the plan you would recommend? Is another F seat likely to open up close in?
The fare conditions usually specify that change fees are waived for an upgrade to a higher cabin. You’ll have to do the upgrade by calling EK, the website will charge the change fee (this is a well known IT issue which has been there for s long time). It is way to early to predict if more award seats will become available. You should therefore be prepared to fly business class if it does not happen. But it is far from impossible that your plan works. If you are prepared to pay $9.99 per month for an Expert Flyer subscription, you can set an alert to warn you as soon as an award set (Z fare bucket) becomes available. And you can check the fare conditions (and lots of other things) on EF as well.
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Old Jun 7, 20, 3:17 pm
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Originally Posted by thijsseh
The fare conditions usually specify that change fees are waived for an upgrade to a higher cabin. Youll have to do the upgrade by calling EK, the website will charge the change fee (this is a well known IT issue which has been there for s long time). It is way to early to predict if more award seats will become available. You should therefore be prepared to fly business class if it does not happen. But it is far from impossible that your plan works. If you are prepared to pay $9.99 per month for an Expert Flyer subscription, you can set an alert to warn you as soon as an award set (Z fare bucket) becomes available. And you can check the fare conditions (and lots of other things) on EF as well.
Thank you so much for your reply. I do already have an expert flyer subscription but I must be doing something wrong, when I search for z availability I never seem to find any , even on dates/routes that I can see have at least one award seat available on the Emirates website. Setting up an alert is a great idea and I will definitely do that.
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Old Jun 8, 20, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by waterandwoods
Thank you so much for your reply. I do already have an expert flyer subscription but I must be doing something wrong, when I search for z availability I never seem to find any , even on dates/routes that I can see have at least one award seat available on the Emirates website. Setting up an alert is a great idea and I will definitely do that.
There was and issue with the EK award search over the weekend, it has since been resolved.
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Old Jun 27, 20, 7:56 am
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Flex vs Flex Plus fares

What difference does First Flex offer over First Flex Plus? Looks like both are refundable and changeable with no fees, just better fare availability?
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Old Jun 27, 20, 8:20 am
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Originally Posted by ALGU
What difference does First Flex offer over First Flex Plus? Looks like both are refundable and changeable with no fees, just better fare availability?
Flex generally has change and cancellation fees. Where did you see that it does not?
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Old Jun 27, 20, 8:27 am
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Any flight reports from flying Emirates during the current pandemic? I've seen their very thorough checklist on what to expect but any first hand report?
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Old Jun 27, 20, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by poromenos
Any flight reports from flying Emirates during the current pandemic? I've seen their very thorough checklist on what to expect but any first hand report?
I think thijsseh wrote one that is now in the Trip Reports Forum.
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Old Jun 27, 20, 9:42 pm
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Originally Posted by ALGU
What difference does First Flex offer over First Flex Plus? Looks like both are refundable and changeable with no fees, just better fare availability?
Originally Posted by thijsseh
Flex generally has change and cancellation fees. Where did you see that it does not?
ek has made some changes to fare conditions over the past week - for example, I class generally had change fees before but can now be changed for free. seems something similar has happened to A class.

that being said, even in the past, fare condition differences between flex and flex plus have been minimal yet fares are much higher. i've only purchased first flex plus once because of availability.
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Old Jun 28, 20, 3:18 am
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Originally Posted by ft101
I think thijsseh wrote one that is now in the Trip Reports Forum.
Yes, it is here. But it is a repatriation flight on BA, so not all that relevant to the question.
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Old Jun 29, 20, 5:46 am
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Hello FlyerTalk Jedis,

Newbie here but have enjoyed reading through a few of the EK threads over the last couple of days, apologies if any of my queries below have been answered elsewhere...

Context - the wife and I are flying PER - DXB - LGW with EK in F on the 11th Aug (EK421, EK015). Managed to get them through QFF for about 370k points + ~$600 taxes all up, which personally I find unbelievable! Maybe the lack of flying is leaving more award flights unbooked?

Anyway, my questions are;
1. Does the old style 777/A380 have an HDMI port? (assuming the most recent IFE system).

2. Looking at historical EK421 flights, since they recommenced in June they appear to be using more modern planes (only a couple of flights so far, but A6-EQE & A6-EQG are both ~ 2 years old). Is this a general approach to how Emirates are emerging from COVID? I.e. can I hope that this will continue?

3. My wife is Oneworld Emerald (QF platinum) does she get the standard 50kg baggage allowance, or is there an increased allowance?

4. Whats the likelihood of EK letting us change the DXB-LGW leg to a DXB-LHR leg if theres space on the flight on the day?

Thanks in advance for the support, and I hope youre all safely ensconced in fancy flying sardine tins again soon!

Ben

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Old Jun 30, 20, 3:22 am
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Originally Posted by Ben.
Hello FlyerTalk Jedis,

Newbie here but have enjoyed reading through a few of the EK threads over the last couple of days, apologies if any of my queries below have been answered elsewhere...

Context - the wife and I are flying PER - DXB - LGW with EK in F on the 11th Aug (EK421, EK015). Managed to get them through QFF for about 370k points + ~$600 taxes all up, which personally I find unbelievable! Maybe the lack of flying is leaving more award flights unbooked?

Anyway, my questions are;
1. Does the old style 777/A380 have an HDMI port? (assuming the most recent IFE system).

2. Looking at historical EK421 flights, since they recommenced in June they appear to be using more modern planes (only a couple of flights so far, but A6-EQE & A6-EQG are both ~ 2 years old). Is this a general approach to how Emirates are emerging from COVID? I.e. can I hope that this will continue?

3. My wife is Oneworld Emerald (QF platinum) does she get the standard 50kg baggage allowance, or is there an increased allowance?

4. What’s the likelihood of EK letting us change the DXB-LGW leg to a DXB-LHR leg if there’s space on the flight on the day?

Thanks in advance for the support, and I hope you’re all safely ensconced in fancy flying sardine tins again soon!

Ben
Hello Ben,

Welcome to Flyer Talk and to the EK forum in particular. We hope you will find a lot of information here (and also that you will contribute your own experiences).

It is sort of difficult to answer some of your questions, but I'll give it a try and invite others to join in!

1. HDMI ports. I cannot remember seeing those on either 77W or 380 (there are certainly universal power and USB 2 ports), but then I also have not looked for them.

2. I have also seen that they appear to use 'newer' 77W's during the recovery of the network that is currently ongoing. A6-EQH and later (only 9 frames!) have the new F with fully enclosed suites. On your MMB you should be able to see the seat map for your flights, if there are 6 F seats it is 'new F', if there are 8 it is the 'old' setup. Other than that there is no way predicting what frame will be used for your flights in August. Obviously as more routes are opened up, they will have to use more and different frames.

3. Pass, I have no experience with QF benefits. EK of course is not a OW member so that stays in itself will not convey any benefits but there is a close cooperation between EK and OF where certainly benefits are shared.

4. Currently, I see that mid August they plan one 77W to LGW and 2*380 plus 1 77W tin advanceo LHR. That may well change, no way to predict. I have never heard of anyone changing the routing 'on the day'. If you really want to fly to LHR, I suggest you contact the call centre , who are usually very helpful.

Not very helpful answers I'm afraid, but it's a start.

Edit to add: At the moment it looks like EK421 on 11/08 is 'old F' and EK15 on 12/08 'new F'. I see two F seats taken on both flights, so that must be you (2 E/F on EK421, 1 A/E on EK15)

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Old Jun 30, 20, 4:02 am
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Thanks for the guidance thijsseh - EK015 must have only just changed as it was showing a 14 seat F class cabin yesterday - I'm sure that there will be more changes so I guess we wait and see!
Now to research the best seats for a couple on the "new" 77w - maybe across the aisle from each other? - lots of fun

I believe the new 77w has an HDMI port, just couldn't see anything about the old style.
Fair enough on the frame ages - I'm just getting too excited about what is the first and probably the last time I'll be able to fly in F!

Out of interest I saw in a review the other day that the universal chargers in the A380 & 77w are incompatible with an Apple Macbook charger - does anyone know if this is true?

Thanks!

Ben
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Old Jun 30, 20, 4:19 am
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Originally Posted by Ben.
Out of interest I saw in a review the other day that the universal chargers in the A380 & 77w are incompatible with an Apple Macbook charger - does anyone know if this is true?
It may depend on the Macbook. However, I've had my Macbook 12 and 13 plugged in, and it does charge - albeit slowly.
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Old Jun 30, 20, 5:31 am
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It may depend on the Macbook. However, I've had my Macbook 12 and 13 plugged in, and it does charge - albeit slowly.
great thanks - good to hear!
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Old Jun 30, 20, 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by Ben.
Thanks for the guidance thijsseh - EK015 must have only just changed as it was showing a 14 seat F class cabin yesterday - I'm sure that there will be more changes so I guess we wait and see!
Now to research the best seats for a couple on the "new" 77w - maybe across the aisle from each other? - lots of fun

I believe the new 77w has an HDMI port, just couldn't see anything about the old style.
Fair enough on the frame ages - I'm just getting too excited about what is the first and probably the last time I'll be able to fly in F!

Out of interest I saw in a review the other day that the universal chargers in the A380 & 77w are incompatible with an Apple Macbook charger - does anyone know if this is true?

Thanks!

Ben
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