Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Nov 2017
Total posts 6
Member since 10 Mar 2011
Total posts 138
It's peak season and the hardest sector to get is anything back into Australia. Unfortunately, especially in peak season, you pretty much need to book seats a year in advance to secure Business. Having said that, I have managed to get seats in Business on Emirates a few weeks out from my departure date so it is possible, but that wasn't in peak season.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 20 Jan 2016
Total posts 47
Pay your own way to Singapore and go from there. You can get good award availability ex Singapore to BCN with both Qatar and Emirates even for those dates. Its an easy day flight to Singapore. On top of that the points you save making your own way to Singapore means you can go in First with Emirates at least one way. We did that exact route last year at a similar time.
Member since 24 Aug 2017
Total posts 21
Have a look at booking via Hong Kong. A little bit more expensive than via Dubai but there is usually more availability. You may have to book 2 tickets though (one to HKG then another to SYD), which seems to total to 148k points via Emirates to HKG. July would be a peak period though, so good luck.
Yeah that makes sense. I've tried Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne but no luck. Thanks
Thanks for replying.
Yeah I saw the BCN to HKG flights but then nada from HKG to anywhere in Aus. I'm considering maybe doing a points-plus-pay option on the final leg back to aus from hkg.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 07 Sep 2012
Total posts 8
EKs reward seats aren't usually available this far out, but if you set up an EF alert there's a very good chance of picking some up over the next 2-3 months. Has worked for me every time in recent years (generally flying into CDG and out of LHR or LGW)
Member since 16 Mar 2016
Total posts 11
I managed to get business class to Paris and from Amsterdam for next May and August on Emirates by booking the as multi sector but spending less than 24 hours at the stopover so it doesn't increase the miles needed. Try a multi city such as BCN-DXB, then DXB to an Asian city then that city to your Australian city. If it shows available and you try to book and the booking process fails just call QANTAS and they will usually book it for you without a fee.
Member since 09 Sep 2013
Total posts 93
Best of luck trying Perth. I've just joined UA to improve my chances of getting both in and out of Perth on award flights. Immediately picked up J class for my wife PER-BRU which I couldnt get on QF, or if I could, much more in points and fees.
Member since 09 Jun 2011
Total posts 40
There are a million options: BKK, NRT, HND, JNB, CMB, KUL or even via North or South America.
Member since 29 Jan 2015
Total posts 9
How about via KUL or CMB
Member since 01 Jul 2016
Total posts 1
BA, JAL, MAS and Finnair are other options, along with QF via China?
Member since 07 Jan 2014
Total posts 15
I see availablity for 2 people AY BCN-HEL, connecting to AY HEL-KIX, connecting to QF KIX-SYD, all in Business, and available leaving BCN on 29th or 31st July. Connections also available through TYO instead of KIX on 29th and 30th but requires change of airports NRT to HND. Unfortunately the connection time on both TYO and KIX options are poor through Japan (arrive morning, leave evening), but a good chance to explore Tokyo or Osaka on the way home.
Guys thanks so much for all the help. Found LHR - PEK and then PEK - SYD with BA and then with QF.
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