This won’t affect most Australia-based travellers, but for more advanced points enthusiasts, you may want to offload some of your Avios in the next month.Continue reading…
I had long wanted to try British Airways’ only First Class service to Australia, with their daily Sydney – Singapore – London flight operated by a Boeing 777.
Award seat availability for using your points is not terrible, especially for well-planned or later bookings and availability is shown on the Qantas website. I redeemed 50,000 AAdvantage miles that I had purchased specifically for this flight. Continue reading…
With fares starting at $3095, this deal makes sense for those looking to increase their comfort on a long journey. Continue reading…
The Point Hacks crew just wrapped up a team meetup in Singapore last month. As we are spread from coast-to-coast in Australia, across to Auckland, up to The Philippines and over to the US, we enjoyed getting to spend some time face-to-face.Continue reading…
Have you ever been frustrated by the lack of First or Business Class award availability (especially to the US) or the fact that you just don’t have enough points in your account for one of those redemptions?
Premium Economy awards are becoming more popular and are a great option for those wishing to redeem their Qantas Points for more space and improved service. Continue reading…
In addition to our 7 ‘Ultimate’ ways to use Qantas Points, we wanted to hear from you, so we put a shout out asking our readers to share real-life stories of how they had chosen to use Qantas Points for a trip that was new, different, or otherwise one that they wouldn’t have taken in the same way. For us, that’s what points are all about. Here are a few of those stories…
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
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American Airlines AAdvantage miles are some of the most valuable out there, so when AAdvantage miles go on sale, the astute points-collectors take note and consider buying them to redeem for Business or First Class flights.
While the act of redeeming them isn’t actually too hard, understanding the routing and ticket rules, and performing the research required to find flights can take time.
This post covers which airlines, routes, rules and costs apply to American Airlines AAdvantage tickets between Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
It might seem like I travel a lot, but in reality, I get a couple of long-haul trips in each year – sometimes to Hong Kong, for work, or maybe to Europe to visit family. This trip is an absolute anomaly – a compelling reason for work came up for me to be in Oslo for a couple of days, and rather fly there and back in such a short space of time, I tacked on a couple of days visiting family in the UK as well.
I’m lucky with work travel in that I can work directly with our travel agent to configure itineraries and carriers that work best for both my employers AND my needs – whether that’s routings, costs, timetables, or alliances. This review is going to cover off my research and thought process for choosing British Airways, the experience of flying with Europe’s only carrier left operating flights to Australia, and dealing with a trip with 50+ hours of travel vs 80 hours on the ground.
I’m doing some pretty lengthy research into a trip to Europe later this year, and I thought it may be worthwhile sharing a couple of learnings I’ve had recently, beyond the excellent Malaysia Airlines award availability I just posted about.
British Airways announced just last week their inaugural A380 timetable, which kicks off flights to both Hong Kong and Los Angeles on their A380 from late October / mid November. Hong Kong – Sydney award availability is excellent in Premium Economy and Business on BA25 and BA26, the A380 upgraded flight to/from Hong Kong and London with 3 seats+ available on many dates throughout November, January and February. I’m not looking into Los Angeles – London flights, but I’d imagine it’s a similar scenario.
I’m obviously a sucker for loyalty programs of most flavours and some time ago I’d registered with British Airways OnBusiness (for small-medium size businesses) scheme, where you can accrue further points on top of Avios for IAG group (BA, Iberia, Openskies) flights.
OnBusiness (OB here out) is free to join – see the website here – and allows you to redeem your OB points for flights, hotels and such. I’m 95% certain you need to also credit these flights to an Executive Club account (i.e. not Qantas Frequent Flyer) to actually accrue OB points, but I may be wrong.
This is just necessary background, not the point of this post. I received a friendly call a couple of weeks back asking if I was still engaged in the program (I had credited a couple of European flights at some point to my OnBusiness account), and with an offer of a 15% discount on British Airways flights originating in Australia to Singapore, Bangkok or London, in all classes of travel except First, which was emailed to me after the call.
I’ve done a bit of digging, and from the email I received it seems like an open offer to anyone with OnBusiness membership in Australia – which is surprising given it’s not possible to be an Executive Club member if residing in Australia. (As a side-note – hopefully this will change after the JV with BA ends on April 1?)
Effectively the discount is open to BA Executive Club members of any flavour – I tested and was offered the discount after signing in with an Executive Club account not linked to an OB account.
It gives 15% off the base fare (excluding taxes/fees/surcharges) – but I would also register for OB membership to minimise any issues. BA Executive Club membership isn’t available to those who register with an Australian address, so you’d need also need a mailing address overseas.
You can access the discount and book online here – once clicking ‘sign up now’, you’ll be taken through to your Executive Club account page, where when searching for flights, you can see the discount applied – screenshots below.
You may find it not worth the hassle for an Economy booking, but 15% off the Business Class base fare to Asia or London is worth considering. Once the booking is ticketed, there may well be nothing stopping you from changing your chosen loyalty program to accrue points and status into (i.e. into Qantas Frequent Flyer) via the standard Manage My Booking page, and the terms do not mention that travel must be undertaken under your Executive Club membership, however don’t bank on it too much – no guarantees. If online MMB doesn’t let you update your frequent flyer details, the BA call centre probably would.
Not ground-breaking, but if you’re planning a trip with BA anyway, worth taking advantage.
Terms and conditions
The discount only applies to flights booked directly on ba.com when logging in or registering through the Business Partner offer page
This offer is valid for departures from Australia to UK/Europe, Singapore and Bangkok until 30 June 2013.
All travel must be completed within 12 months from departure.
The discount will apply to the lowest booking class available on the nominated day of travel and applies to the fare only. All taxes, fees and surcharges are payable by the passenger.
Travel permitted on selected British Airways operated flights from Australia to Singapore and London, and selected British Airways code on Qantas operated flights from Australia to Singapore, Bangkok and London.
Travel from Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide via Sydney on Qantas Airways with British Airways Code. The 15% discount does not apply from Perth to UK/Europe, Singapore or Bangkok flights. Travel to London via Hong Kong permitted on British Airways code, Qantas operated aircraft with no stopover in Hong Kong on to London.
Aer Lingus operates between London to Dublin and London to Cork. For discount to apply, no stopover permitted in London, travel must be on a connecting flight to qualify.
UK domestic flights are in Euro Traveller (economy).
Bookable on ba.com only through dedicated closed user group URL. Discount cannot be booked via a travel agent, and cannot be used for price beats, or on non qualifying code-share flights.
The offer is subject to availability.
All flights must be confirmed at the time of booking, open dated sectors are not permitted.
Airfares are non transferable, seats are limited, flight/routing restrictions and cancellation fees apply, please refer to terms and conditions on ba.com before booking is completed.
The discount is only available for personal travel, no corporate travel permitted.
For any booking related enquiries please contact our call centre on 1300 767 177, please have on hand your booking reference.
For access issues, please email [email protected] with the flight dates and destinations you are trying to book, for assistance.
This morning Qantas announced a raft of changes to their business, phased in over the next two years. I’ll dig into them and give you my opinion from a points redemption perspective, and what they mean for those looking to maximise the value of their Qantas point balances.
New opportunities to Europe on Malaysian Airlines (Istanbul, Rome, Amsterdam are examples given) – Win.
This was a bit of a no-brainer, given the recent announcements of the Malaysian partnership. I haven’t experienced their in-flight product, but in general, more options for redeeming your points in the most direct route to your destination is a good thing.
From what I hear, MAS offers a good Economy, Business and First product, and more redemption opportunities in one-stop to Europe routes and premium classes is a good thing for those looking to enjoy the maximum value for their points.
livingsocial, one the new crop of ‘group buying’ discount sites has partnered with British Airways to offer some significant discounts to travellers departing from Australia, and buying a ticket with BA.
For only $49, you get $250 off any Economy or $500 off any Premium Economy return British Airways operated flight from Sydney to Europe, while $99 will get the more discerning traveler $1,000 off a Business Class fare
And the fine print… (key exclusions highlighted by me)
One voucher can be used per person per return flight • Limit 5 vouchers per person total, up to 5 additional as gifts • To be redeemed starting August 12, 2011 • Codeshare flights not included in the offer • Valid on outbound travel from Sydney to UK/Europe from 12th August 2011 until the 31st May 2012 • Voucher must be used before 31st March 2012 and no extension apply • Discount applies to all British Airways published fares as shown on ba.com • Voucher can only be redeemed online or by telephone • Fare terms and conditions will be shown on ba.com at the time of booking • Voucher not valid for travel from 15 December 2011 to 15 January 2012 • Child/Infant discount apply to voucher value (75% child fare means the voucher value is 75% of the $250 discount and 10% of the $250 for infant fares) • Bookings must be made against the voucher purchased, as failure to do so will mean the booking will be cancelled • Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer redeemed at ba.com
Not a bad deal if you know you’ll be booking flights to Europe, and want (or need) to travel on BA within the next 9 months. The offer expires on the 10th August, so get in quick if you think it’s for you. Bear in mind that BA only operates flights out of Sydney (no codeshares included) so you’ll need to make your way to SYD anyway to take advantage of the offer (which may preclude buying the voucher as you might not make a saving).