Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Jan 2015
Total posts 46
Morning all, Would appreciate it greatly if anyone out there could give me advice on booking a classic award on qantas. Trying to book a return flight syd to lax return 24/12 and 8/1. Tried all class but have had no luck booking it.
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 446
You could try calling Qantas - as a platinum I've had them free up a seat for me in the past.
Keep in mind, the dates you're looking at are usually peak season for outbound holiday traffic plus 8/1 is right in the middle of the CES exodus back to Oz...
You may have more luck purchasing a cheap economy fare and using points to upgrade to biz...
Member since 21 Apr 2012
Total posts 2,058
I don't think redemption flights for 8/1 has been released yet. I found one availablity in Business on 21 Dec for SYD/LAX via MEL. None available on 24 Dec.
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 767
Tough time of the year. I would suggest, if you have to travel on the 24 Dec, you can fly QF Classic Award in Business to HKG (SYD-BNE-HKG) arriving into HKG at 17:50 and then Economy from Hong Kong to LAX (arrives at 20:35). Total cost $351.50 plus 116,000 QFF. This is best booked as a QF multi-stop.
As for the return leg, I see availability (when searching as one way) in W or J on 6 Jan or J availability on 12 Jan (via HKG). Again, you could try via HKG again but it appears too early to try a multi-stop via HKG (QF engine only showing up to 7 Jan). Other options include Nadi or even DXB. Obviosuly this isn't the best return on your points though.
Member since 07 Apr 2013
Total posts 134
Trying to book Classic award flights can take up a lot of time, but eventually it should be worth it.
Last year I was looking for a return J class flight for 2 SYD-JFK and after searching the site at least twice a day I was lucky after a few weeks to obtain a first class ticket on Emirates JFK-DXB-SYD, then a month or so later I snagged a J class on Qantas SYD-LAX then an AA flight to JFK .
It's a bit time consuming but keep looking!
Member since 25 May 2012
Total posts 356
Award availability is usually only 330 days out, and even less for awards on partner airlines.
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