How to maximise my Qantas FF points to book business class from Sydney to New York in September?

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SYD – NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER

I am trying to find to book Syd-NY return in Sept and wanting any recommendations on best use of Qantas FF points.

I desperately want a skybed coming home. Am happy to travel non-direct with other partner airlines.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated… can you book redemptions flights direct with Cathay for example?

Thanks so much

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There is basically no chance of getting a flight from Sydney to New York in business class on Qantas in September. I had a quick look on their website and there are zero business seats. However, as you mentioned, you could possibly do a redemption on Cathay (via Hong Kong).

You can search for Cathay availability using Qantas’ website. Just use the multicity booking feature and break it up into SYD – HKG and HKG – JFK. The Qantas point calculator suggests it would be around 340,000 points return with about $900 in taxes/fees. Obviously this is a lot more than if you’d booked on Qantas (260,000 points return) but Qantas release very few seats on this route and they’re almost immediately taken.¬†Availability actually looks really good at the moment in September on Cathay with about half the days having business availability, so book soon!

Of course, if you’re feeling a bit crazy you can also fly from Sydney – Dubai – JFK return on a mixture of Emirates/Qantas, but this will cost 400,000 points return.

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Hi Theothergatsby,

Thanks so much for you help – I really appreciate the time you have taken out for me. Cheers

 

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