Singapore Airlines A380 (new) Business Class overview

After experiencing the phenomenal new Singapore Airlines A380 Suites earlier this year, I was looking forward to seeing how it had improved its business class product. Personally, I was wasn’t a huge fan of the old A380 business class seat as it was too wide for my frame, even with pillows stuffed either side I could never get comfortable.

So, for an upcoming trip to Europe I decided to book with Singapore Airlines specifically to try its new A380 in business class to Singapore and the A350 to Dusseldorf. Continue reading…

How to use Qantas Points with Fiji Airways – a low-tax, better availability alternative to Qantas & AA flights to the US

Fiji Airways is one of the few select Qantas partners where Qantas Points can be redeemed at the same price as for travel on Qantas itself – which is why it makes it into our ‘Best uses of Qantas Points‘.

In this guide we look at the options Fiji Airways provide when it comes to using points; how to find award availability (as Qantas doesn’t show Fiji Airways flights by default for US searches); and why you might choose Fiji Airways over Qantas or American Airlines in travelling to the US. Continue reading…

How to get a layover of up to 24 hours in a transit city when using Qantas Points

Do Qantas redemptions allow free stopovers? We get asked this question quite a lot and the answer is ‘no’ – but you can get a layover (a break in your itinerary in a city of up to 24 hours between flights) to add in an extra (quick) city break, and with fewer points than if you’d stopped for longer.

In this guide, we explain the important difference between a transit and a stopover and the effect they have on award pricing. We also give three examples of incorporating short or long stays in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and Sydney on your next trip overseas. Continue reading…

The best uses of Qantas Points – partners, upgrades and redemptions that offer most value

With the companion article to this one, the best uses of Velocity Points – I figured it was time to look at and update this one too. The feedback I hear from many Point Hacks readers is that while Qantas Points are fairly easy to earn, they can be tough to redeem, especially for popular routes, such as Sydney to London and Melbourne to Los Angeles. So knowing where to get best value out of them becomes important. Continue reading…

Case study: Hacking around the world in Business Class for less than $10,000 (Part 3)

My partner and I have just returned from six weeks travelling around the world. We redeemed 280,000 Qantas Points per person for a oneworld Classic Flight Reward to fly Business Class, so we could lie flat all the way.

Our itinerary had ten segments and each one was in a different airline-aeroplane combination. As they say in the safety video, ‘every plane is different’ and this is true for each service offering. Continue reading…

Case study: Hacking around the world in Business Class for less than $10,000 (Part 1)

Last year, my partner and I flew to Europe, Japan and Hong Kong in Business Class on a oneworld Classic Reward redemption fare. This year, we again flew around the world in Business Class and stayed in 4- and 5-star hotels, using points almost all the way.

Thanks to lessons learned here on Point Hacks, we travelled for six weeks and spent less than $10,000 on all our transport and accommodation. Continue reading…