Flights/Route Options for BNE/SYD to Copenhagen (CPH)?

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markpk

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Flights/Route Options for BNE/SYD to Copenhagen (CPH)?

markpk

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Member since 29 Nov 2013

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Background to the question:

I want to tap reader expertise/experience on flying to Copenhagen - I fly regularly to the US and Asia and have never flown via Dubai to UK/Europe.

Status and Carrier preferences:

  • Qantas Platinum;
  • I choose who I fly with;
  • I want to max status credit earn
  • Must be economy (work are tight!); 
  • Would look to use points to upgrade - so want to ensure I can max out upgrade opportunities
  • Travelling in June or July

The current options I'm considering are:

  1. QF1 to LHR, then BA814 to CPH; 
  2. QF1 to Dubai, then QF8151 (Emirates code-share on A380) to CPH. 

Transit time in LHR is short, vs 8+ hrs in Dubai - have not researched options on whether any lounges are open for the Dubai layover - I'm assuming there are local hotels with short stay options 

Does anyone have any suggestions as to which would be the best option? Pricing is pretty much identical...

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Love your question markpk!

RaptorNation158

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I would personally pick Option 2 so that you don't have to go through the hassle of transit through LHR, never had to sit out 8+ hours at DXB so I can't comment on layover options.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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I'd lean towards option #1 and try to get an upgrade to premium economy using Qantas Points. As long as the transit time at London allows you time to transfer between T3 (Qantas) and T5 (BA) - although your Platinum status should allow for a little fast-tracking – I'd rather go this way than have 8+ hours at Dubai. Yes, the Dubai lounges are decent but eight hours is a long stretch, especially after you've just come off 14 hours in economy.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Agreed option #1 is the way to go. Fast Track for transit at LHR is very decent and you'll have the option to fly all the way through on QF metal. The LHR T5 Galleries First lounge breakfast menu is rather agreeable. I enjoyed the kippers and poached eggs I had last week.

Richard Brown

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Dubai option more palatable if you take a room in Dubai International hotel inside transit area. Can also grap a nap, freshen up and even take a swim. Personally would still go via LHR.

Serg

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Member since 12 Apr 2013

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+1 to option 1

aniljak

Member since 15 Sep 2012

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Need to consider total travel time. Qantas via London means at least 90 minutes stopover in Dubai, 6 hours Dubai-LHR, transit time there, and 2 hours LHR-CPH. Probably 12-13 hours from Dubai. Flying direct from Dubai to CPH even with 8hr stopover and 5 hour flight may be quicker in total time and you would arrive more rested.

markpk

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Agreed Aniljak - when looking on Qantas.com it shows the total travel time differs by only 60 mins...Flying SYD-DXB-CPH is 60mins longer than going via LHR...

eminere

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Totally agree and I'd rather transit in DXB than LHR.

markpk

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And the status credits match - assuming I wouldn't get any for the BA flight which isn't code-share. 

As much as I'd like to visit LHR, 2 legs rather than 3 plus a mini-nap in DXB looks good...

chap6595

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Could you go SYD - MEL, then QF 9 to Dubai and then Emirates from there?

Better connections?

markpk

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I actually hadn't looked at that. My starting point is Brisbane but I have no desire to spend 14hrs on Emirates given the SC earn is lower - far better to pay the extra flight to Sydney (or Melbourne) to get Qantas metal most of the way. 

markpk

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Interesting tip chap6595

The connection in Dubai is 80mins, and cheaper

The connection in LHR is 2hrs and also cheaper than via Sydney!

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