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Best Resources for AU award redemption?
Hi Lucky and team – I have been faithfully following your blog ever since the RS story came out. Award travel is something I have done only once or twice, but after doing some reading online, I feel more ready to take on.
My question has to do w/ first and/or business award travel to Australia. What are the best options for researching how to make my miles go as far as they can go? Yes, I know it is one of the hardest awards to book. And yes, I am aware of the basic players that fly west coast to SYD/MEL, like United, Delta, Qantas. How can I think more outside the box to figure out what other carriers can get me there, and in style? Any suggestions will help.
Reed – sounds like you’ve got a good head start on things. Right now United, Delta, Qantas and Virgin Australia are the carriers that go non-stop to Australia, though American will enter the game in December.
Qantas, United and American offer 3-cabin service while Delta and VA offer 2-cabins.
Qantas is very stingy with premium cabin awards so if you’re planning on traveling with someone, that’s not going to be a good option.
VA used to have the most premium cabin awards but [URL=’http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/09/22/virgin-australia-award-space/’]lately it’s dried up[/URL] and and I don’t recall seeing an article that it has come back.
If you’re using AA miles, your choices are QF & AA on a single award (or route via Fiji on Fiji Air), or to route via Asia and use two awards. That would allow you to pull in Cathay or JAL if you wanted.
If you’ve got Star Alliance miles you can route via Asia. This would allow you to pull in Singapore Air or EVA Air.
Does that help? If you’re looking for something else maybe help us out with a little more detail as to any specifics.