Qantas Chauffeur Drive is still available on some partner awards, at least previously booked awards. Qantas Chauffeur Drive was reported to have been eliminated for partner award tickets in August 2014, even on routes where it was previously available, such as:
- Sydney – Dubai (QF1 / QF2)
- Sydney – London (QF1 / QF2)
- Melbourne – Dubai (QF9 / QF10)
- Melbourne – London (QF9 / QF10)
It was really not a defined perk in the terms, which stated:
“[Qantas] Chauffeur Drive is only available in selected locations to customers holding tickets with confirmed reservations in First or Business on eligible Qantas or Emirates operated flights. Reservations for Chauffeur Drive through Qantas can only be made for flights booked as part of a Qantas ticket (starting with ticket number 081), at destinations where the Chauffer Drive service is offered.”
Nevertheless, I decided to try logging into my US Air award about a week ago, and lo and behold I was able to book Qantas Chauffeur Drive both for our Qantas First Class A380 departure out of London LHR and upon arrival at Dubai Airport.
Although I was able to confirm both Qantas Chauffeur Drive reservations on the Qantas Web site, I did have a backup plan in London, in case our driver didn't show–a return on the Heathrow Express ticket I'd booked for our airport transfer into London.
Nonetheless we were picked up right on time in London in a black Mercedes, and although we had a bit of rush hour traffic, we got to London Heathrow in about 45 minutes, with convenient door to door service.
Similarly, in Dubai, we simply followed the signs to Emirates Chauffeur Drive, where we provided our boarding passes and were given a slip and asked to exit via door 4, where a driver and a black Mercedes emblazoned with Emirates First took us to our hotel:
So if you have already booked a partner award ticket on Qantas metal on one of the above flights (not flights into our out of the U.S., which already cut Qantas Chauffeur Drive) then try logging in with your Qantas PNR (same as your British Airways PNR), since you may find that you're still able to book Qantas Chauffeur Drive, as I was.
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