Europe – February 2017

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class overview

Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class | Point Hacks

Malaysia Airlines’ relatively modern A330 Business Class from Kuala Lumpur features on most of their routes to Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This particular flight was the continuation of a trip from London to Sydney.

Award availability using points – such as Qantas Points or Asia Miles – is usually decent, so Malaysia Airlines can offer a decent alternative to Qantas and Emirates when redeeming points for travel to Asia or the UK.
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Malaysia Airlines A380 Business Suites (First Class) overview

Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class Seat | Point Hacks

Earlier this year, I was looking to travel back from London to Sydney, and with a stash of Asia Miles to burn and availability in Malaysia Airlines First Class, I took the opportunity to check out Malaysia Airlines’ most premium cabin.

Unfortunately, as I explain below, the next six months (until early March 2018) may serve as your last opportunity to try Malaysia Airlines First Class with the A380 fading from their fleet in the near future. Continue reading…

Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge Overview

Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge | Point Hacks

As part of my one-way flight from Sydney to Venice via Doha in Qatar Airways First and Business Class using Qantas Points earlier this year, I was able to access Qatar Airways flagship First Class lounge in Doha.

Even though I was travelling onward in Business Class, which on its own wouldn’t normally allow for access to this lounge, the fact I was arriving from a First Class flight was enough to have the doors opened for me – and this was one of the more outlandish lounge experiences I’ve had. Continue reading…

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Overview – Sydney to Doha

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Overview | Point Hacks

As part of a trip to Italy earlier this year I chose to use my Qantas Points for Qatar Airways excellent flagship First Class between Sydney and Doha, connecting to a Business Class flight to Venice.

To Australia, Qatar only fly their A380 to Sydney and Perth for now. You’ll find there is regular redemption availability in First Class, although less often in Business – so if you have enough points (at least 144,000 Qantas Points one-way) it makes a great use of your Qantas Frequent Flyer balance.

This is my take on what to expect from First Class with Qatar Airways, as well as a look at which points you can use for this same experience. Continue reading…