A guide to Qantas flights from Australia to Japan

Yesterday, Qantas announced that after almost 20 years of ceasing to operate the route, they will fly from their main hub in Sydney to Japan’s second largest city for the northern winter.

The seasonal service will operate three times a week from 14 December 2017 until 24 March 2018.

Osaka is a handy gateway to not only exploring the city and neighbouring Kobe themselves but also for catching the shinkansen to Hiroshima, Kyoto and the skifields. Continue reading…

Cheap domestic Qantas Business Class redemptions by combining purchased Starwood points and transfers to British Airways or American Airlines

By combining a purchase of Starpoints from Starwood Preferred Guest, who are offering a 30% discount on Starpoint purchases until June 30, you can leverage these points fairly easily into Business Class flights with their airline partners.

While Starwood is a hotel loyalty program, they have a number of airline transfer partners – including those which will allow you to book with Qantas, in British Airways Executive Club or American Airlines AAdvantage.

As a result, buying Starpoints can have you sitting in Qantas Business Class for your travel in Australia and to New Zealand for much less than paid fare – typically around 50% of the usual cash price. Continue reading…