Case study: How I hit Europe, Japan and Hong Kong in Business Class using 280,000 Qantas Points (Part I)

Sydney-based Point Hacks reader Bevan Smith is an avid traveller and well-versed frequent flyer.

He has just returned from a seven-week holiday to Europe, Japan and Hong Kong, and used only 280,000 Qantas Points + under $1,100 AUD in taxes and fees to fly Business Class the whole way.

Bevan wanted to share how he got hold of the points in the first place, how he booked the flights, and what he thought of some of the flights and lounges. Continue reading…

Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class overview – London to Kuala Lumpur

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…

Flight Deal: fly direct to South America for under $1200 return and earn enough points for a domestic Qantas flight

Taking advantage of Qantas and LATAM’s nonstop services between Sydney/Melbourne and Santiago, you can get cheap fares to a traditionally expensive destination across a wide range of dates, plus pick up a free domestic flight (as long as you credit your miles correctly – our pick would be to Alaska Airlines.)

Travellers in Brisbane and Adelaide can connect in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland for $50+ more. Continue reading…

Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Review

As part of an annual trip to Europe in May this year I booked a return Asia Miles First Class redemption booking from Sydney to Frankfurt flying Qatar Airways to Frankfurt and Cathay Pacific return to Sydney.

Qatar doesn’t offer First Class on the flight from Doha to Frankfurt, nor does Cathay offer First Class from Hong Kong to Sydney, but I specifically selected this routing to tick off several personal firsts; first time experiencing Qatar, first time on an Airbus A350, and first time flying Cathay Pacific First Class. Continue reading…

Excellent award availability on Japan Airlines’ new Melbourne – Tokyo flight during ski and cherry blossom seasons

The oneworld member is expanding its footprint in Australia, starting nonstop flights from Melbourne to its hub in Tokyo from September in addition to its existing daily flight from Sydney.

There are at least four Business Class seats open on most flights in January and March-April.

In this guide, we outline the routes, aircraft and cabins; do a comparison of points pricing; give award availability tips; and provide links to reviews and other guides. Continue reading…