How to fly around the world in Business Class for 280,000 Qantas Points with the oneworld classic award

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’s 787 Dreamliner between Auckland & Sydney – flight overview

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.
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Earn triple Avios on all British Airways flights until 31 March 2017

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…

(Possible) 250 free Avios with the launch of new Aer Lingus Avios-based frequent flyer program

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.

If you didn’t get to register your interest, there is no harm in taking a minute or two to create an AerClub account, as the bonus points offer may still work for you. Continue reading…

Flight Deal: discounted Business Class fares to Japan and Southeast Asia from $3300

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Key terms

  • 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

Qantas Sydney International Business Lounge Overview

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.
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How to use Qantas Points or Asia Miles for US East Coast & Europe flights

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…

Using Asia Miles ‘multi-carrier’ awards for great value around the world redemptions with oneworld

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.
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airberlin offering topbonus Gold status match and might get you Qantas and Velocity lounge access

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…

Cathay Pacific increasing capacity to Sydney with daily 777-300ER

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…

Cathay Pacific adds frequency to the US; extends Premium Economy to intra-Asia flights

For travel to the USA from Australia outside of the West Coast, I think Cathay is a pretty usable option if looking to redeem points – say, if you’re intrigued by the quick overview of Asia Miles I put online yesterday.

If heading to New York, Vancouver or Chicago, transiting in Hong Kong vs LAX or Dallas certainly going to be more straightforward, and the extra few hours spent in the air may be offset by their better Business Class product, the availability of first class all the way to your destination, or if travelling up the back of the plane, availability of a decent Economy cabin or Premium Economy all the way to your destination.
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Cathay Pacific A330 Premium Economy Review – Sydney to Hong Kong return on CX162 & CX111

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Review

Cathay Pacific launched their new Premium Economy cabin in the middle of 2012, and it’s now available on almost all of Cathay’s Australia to Hong Kong flights, and along with their new Business Cabin, is being rolled out across all of their long haul routes. It creates a great new option for those wishing to redeem their Qantas points in Premium cabins for a bit more space and improved service.

I’ve travelled in Qantas Premium Economy several times to Hong Kong, to Los Angeles and from Singapore, on both Qantas 747 and A380s, and the Qantas A380 to me is the benchmark for Premium Economy.

Seats should be spacious enough for you to recline and stretch out without your feet and knees being significantly impeded, or having someone recline into you. Food should be improved on that offered in Economy, and service should be attentive if not that personal. Premium Economy should allow you to get through a flight without despairing about how long you have left to fly.

Qantas manages all of the above, with a quiet and comfortable atmosphere – especially on it’s A380s – and I’d expect no less of Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy offering. Continue reading…