On the surface, these changes do not look good for travellers but if you look at the bigger picture, it may just be smoke and mirrors. Continue reading…
Holding elite status with Qantas means that you can skip lines, enjoy complimentary food and drink in lounges, and gain preferential access to award seat inventory when flying Qantas and its partner airlines such as Emirates, Cathay Pacific and American Airlines. Continue reading…
I’d imagine that the majority of Qantas frequent flyers usually use their points to redeem award travel for simple one-way or return tickets to Europe, the US, Asia or domestically.
However, there is a great value points redemption that allows for up to 15 flights with Qantas and oneworld partner airlines – the oneworld Classic Flight Reward – which can be used for up to 35,000 miles of travel, in Economy, Premium Economy, Business or First Class.
In this guide, we outline how Qantas oneworld Classic Rewards work as a great way to maximise the value of your Qantas Points for round-the-world (RTW) trips. Continue reading…
LATAM flies a 787-9 Dreamliner between the two (and onwards to their primary hub in Santiago, Chile), with their respectable long-haul Business Class and Economy cabins.
A couple of Point Hacks editors had the chance to fly on LATAM’s Business Class between Sydney and Auckland in the last 6 months, and we’ve updated our guide to their 787 with some new images and thoughts.
British Airways Executive Club regularly offers bonus Avios earn on tickets purchased for British Airways flights, however, they are usually only valid for travel within the next 2-3 months, which is less generous than Qantas Frequent Flyer promotions which generally run a month or two longer.
Having said that, this triple Avios promotion represents good value if you were already planning a trip from Australia/New Zealand to Europe, or between Europe and North America, before the end of March. Continue reading…
Back in April 2016, Irish carrier Aer Lingus announced it would be creating a new loyalty program called AerClub, from which Avios points could be transferred to British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus.
If you registered your interest in the launch of the program back then, you should’ve received an email from AerClub over the past week with a link to create an account and receive 250 free Avios for signing up.
Point Hacks readers have access to some discounted Business Class fares to Asia, taking advantage of British Airways’ fifth freedom route between Sydney and Singapore (which we have reviewed here), and onward flights throughout Asia with oneworld partners such as Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
This deal is especially attractive if you are wanting to fly to Japan in Business Class for cheap, as well as being able to visit cities in Southeast Asia and earn some great frequent flyer miles and status credits along the way. You can get up to five stopovers with this deal.
There is also the opportunity to customise your itinerary to get Qantas Gold status in one trip.
And you’ll get to experience a range of different aircraft, including British Airways’ 777 between Sydney and Singapore, Japan Airlines’ 787 Dreamliner, and Qantas’ A330 service if departing from Perth.
British Airways Club World (Business Class)
Destinations and prices
This deal is valid for departures from all capital cities.
Here are a couple of example itineraries from three of our largest airports:
Departing Sydney from $3302
Sydney – British Airways to Singapore – Cathay Pacific to Bangkok – Japan Airlines to Tokyo – Japan Airlines to Hanoi – Vietnam Airlines to Singapore – British Airways to Sydney
Departing Melbourne from $3303
Melbourne – Qantas to Sydney – British Airways to Singapore – Japan Airlines to Tokyo Haneda – Japan Airlines to Bangkok – EVA Air to Taipei – Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia Airlines to Singapore – British Airways to Sydney – Qantas to Melbourne
Departing Perth from $3352
Perth – Qantas to Sydney – British Airways to Singapore – Jetstar Airways to Ho Chi Minh City (Economy Class) – Japan Airlines to Tokyo – Japan Airlines to Bangkok – Japan Airlines to Tokyo – Japan Airlines to Singapore – British Airways to Sydney – Qantas to Perth
In this example, flying to Tokyo twice increases the Status Credits earn with Qantas Frequent Flyer to 700, which will give you Gold status in one trip.
First Class upgrade on Sydney to Singapore leg
This fare can be upgraded to First Class for $895 per direction (i.e. $1790 return). However, the only legs which offer a First Class cabin are the British Airways flights to and from Singapore, so all other sectors would remain in Business Class.
- Valid for purchase until 30 November 2016
- Valid for travel until 10 June 2017
- No minimum stay; 12-month maximum stay
- Must fly British Airways between Sydney and Singapore in each direction
- Two stopovers permitted in each direction, plus an extra one in Bangkok
This deal is exclusively available through our Point Hacks travel agent, Luke Vaughan.
Featured image: Flickr
Recent travel arrangements over the last few months saw most of the Point Hacks team with flights departing from Sydney’s International Terminal and an opportunity to check out Qantas’ Sydney International Business Lounge.
We thought it a perfect opportunity to combine our experiences and let you know what the lounge has to offer when it comes to space, comfort, facilities and, of course, food and beverage options.
if you hold a credit card that offers Qantas Lounge passes as a benefit, this lounge is going to be one of the key lounges in Australia to use it these at.
As one of the most competitive international aviation markets, you have a plethora of options to fly between the East Coast of the US and Europe.
In this guide, we cover which airlines and routes you can use with your Qantas Points and Asia Miles, how much they cost in Business and First Class, how to search and book these awards, and our tips to get the best-value redemption. Continue reading…
This lounge gets a solid four-star rating from me for its spaciousness, fast wifi and well-stocked bar, but is let down by dark lighting, some disappointing food and no tarmac views. Continue reading…
Asia Miles is a very interesting frequent flyer program which we at Point Hacks feel isn’t so familiar to most Aussie frequent flyers – but should be in your box of tricks.
It is not a simple or common program to earn miles from flights, and it also has a confusing set of award charts and routing rules. But by looking deeper into Asia Miles redemption options, there are a lot of hidden gems if you get into the details.
Considering Asia Miles can be earned relatively easily through American Express Membership Rewards, ANZ Rewards and Westpac Altitude Rewards, there are some good value opportunities here for using your points.
airberlin is at it again, kicking of 2016 with a status match offer that’s possibly useful to a few Australians, although not everyone.
The oneworld airline offered a similar promotion last year which saw no restrictions to who could and couldn’t apply. This time around there are some geographic restrictions in place and status holders with oneworld are not eligible to apply.
Conveniently for us Australian travelers, airberlin has an interesting partnership going on with Qantas, Virgin Australia and Etihad which offers us perks such as lounge access, priority check-in and priority boarding. Continue reading…
Today Cathay Pacific announced that they are increasing capacity on the Sydney – Hong Kong route by 580 extra seats per week from December, up to 1,370 seats per week from February 2015, by deploying a larger 777-300ER on the route.
CX138 and CX139 will be operated by a 777-300ER from December on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with continuing A330 service on other days until a daily frequency kicks in from February. This is Cathay Pacific continuing their steady incremental approach that their versatile fleet of A330’s and 777 aircraft allows them to do – grow by adapting to market demand. Continue reading…