Reward Flights from Europe July 2018

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lopislaurence

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Nov 2017

Total posts 6

Hi All


My girlfriend and I are trying to get back from Barcelona to Sydney leaving between 29th-31st July 2018. We are trying to get 2 business class seats but we can't find availability on the qantas rewards search at all back to Sydney on those dates. We don't mind flying out of Paris, London, Madrid or even Helsinki and we don't mind even flying into Melb or Brisbane.

I am a Gold ff and she's Bronze.

Is it likely that rewards seats will become more available closer to the time or would you recommend purchasing economy fares and requesting upgrades with points, and if so, realistically how likely are we to be given upgrades during those dates given our status?

Also if anyone has any other ideas of routing or anything please feel free to share as at the moment we are stuck!!

Thanks guys

AusFlyer

Member since 10 Mar 2011

Total posts 137

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.


Have you tried Perth? Sometimes you will find seats into Perth as it isn't quite as popular as into the Eastern states.

mcglynp

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.

PCHammond

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

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.

lopislaurence

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Nov 2017

Total posts 6

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.

Have you tried Perth? Sometimes you will find seats into Perth as it isn't quite as popular as into the Eastern states.

Yeah that makes sense. I've tried Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne but no luck. Thanks

lopislaurence

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Nov 2017

Total posts 6

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.

Thanks for replying.


We already have outbound ex SYD to BCN flights it's the return journey that I'm stumped with. There's no award seats BCN to SIN, LHR to SIN or CDG to SIN.

There is BCN to HKG (via DXB) but again no flights into Australia from those ports.

lopislaurence

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Nov 2017

Total posts 6

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 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.


Thanks

evilbrian

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)

jgb59

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Mar 2016

Total posts 12

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.

Frank

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Sep 2013

Total posts 94

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.

Have you tried Perth? Sometimes you will find seats into Perth as it isn't quite as popular as into the Eastern states.

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.

flychrisfly

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

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.

h15t0r1an

Member since 29 Jan 2015

Total posts 10

How about via KUL or CMB

JohnP

QF

Member since 01 Jul 2016

Total posts 1

BA, JAL, MAS and Finnair are other options, along with QF via China?


Finnair worked well for us on a couple of occasions. Into SIN,BKK or HKG and then on QF home.

Yarki

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.

Last editedby Yarki at Nov 23, 2017, 05:00 PM.

lopislaurence

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Nov 2017

Total posts 6

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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