What are the best ways to Maximise the value of my QFF points from Melbourne to Las Vegas

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Hi all,

I am going over to the US on the 26th of October returning on the 9th of November.

I have about 400,000FF points and am wondering what is the best way to gain the maximum value from them.

I am happy to do a day flight over on economy but would prefer to come home in business if possible.

I have flown business on the 380 once before and it is hard to go back to cattle class.

As I am going Melbourne- Las Vegas am I better to go Melbourne – LAX then grab an internal flight from LAX to Vegas?

I am thinking of hiring a car at Vegas on the way home and spending a few days around Los Angeles before coming back to Australia.

Also as far as status credits go, what is the best way to gain the credits. Sorry but I hope this makes some sense to all of the experts out there but I would value your expertise with this before I book flights and Bugger the show up.

Regards
Ross

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From a quick search, there are no award seats in business on Qantas or AA for the entirety of October and November (in both directions) between all combinations of Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane > LAX, San Fran or Dallas Fort Worth. Most seats between Australia and North America are taken within days of being released, so you’re booking a bit late.

There are a few seats in premium economy between Melbourne and LAX though, which might interest you?

If you have high status with Qantas you could also try your luck at an upgrade. Just make sure you purchase the right ticket type to allow upgrades. If you don’t have any Qantas status, your chances of an upgrade a very slim.

I am not sure what you mean by ‘as far as status credits go, what is the best way to gain the credits’?

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Would I be best to speak with Qantas direct?

thanks

Ross

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Thanks,

it is worth a thought,

could you navigate me through the booking process with Qantas please,

sorry to be a pain but I am unsure of the process

regards

Ross

  • There is a guide to using the Qantas website to book award flights at this page: http://thepointsguy.com/2015/10/searching-for-oneworld-award-availability/

    Normally when you search for a classic award on Qantas, it just searches the direct route, which in this case is MEL > LAX. However, you can force it to search for more indirect flights using the ‘multi-city’ search tool.

    Basically, once you’ve logged into your account, in the search box there should be an option to search ‘multi-city.’ Click on that, and you can then enter the flights you want. In this case, it will be two separate flights: MEL > HKG; and HKG > LAX. Make sure you select the ‘flexible with dates’ and ‘search classic flight rewards’ check boxes.

    You will now get a calendar view which automatically displays economy seats, so you will need to select ‘business’ up the top. Now you can start piecing together your two flights. You will need to try and find two separate flights, that don’t have a ridiculously long or short connection time, so this might take a while. I’d suggest writing down available business flights on some paper, so you can keep track of the options.

    Once you’ve done this, you can easily book it through the website.

    If you find it too hard to search, you can always try calling Qantas and hopefully they will be patient enough to search for you, but you’ll have to pay a booking fee.

  • Thanks I will give it a go.
    I might even change my plans and do Melb- las Vagas then drive to Los Angeles and spend a couple of days there and then fly home from LAX.
    It might be easier.
    If I am having any issues I will ask again for some help if you don’t mind
    Regards
    Ross

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I’m also not sure what you mean by maximising status credits and also mentioning award seats? you don’t earn status credits on rewards flights. however, you could on points + pay booking.

  • Hi Mark,
    It looks like business class is full so the chances of an upgrade are zero.would I be better to just go the sale fare of $1100 return Melb – LAX and just grab internal flights.

    Also how can I try to get an economy seat upstairs on the 380?

    Regards
    Ross

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Thanks for your reply,

I do not have a lot of status credits so my BC ticket is not looking good.

The alternitives are not looking good on what you have searched for me,

thanks again

Regards

Ross

  • One possible option is to fly from Melbourne > Hong Kong > LAX on Cathay Pacific. It would cost 139,000 points, one-way in business; however, it does take 24 hours, rather than 14 hours direct. Award availability is actually quite good on Cathay on those routes. You can book it using the multi-city feature on Qantas’ website.

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