Qantas to Japan in 2019 | Reward flight

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mabsi

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Apr 2018

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I am hoping to get some advice on flying to Japan next year. We're looking to book around Easter (because it lines up so nicely with ANZAC day) and we've got 500K+ points to use on business class tickets. Struggling to use these on upgrades on our flights to Europe because we usually fly at such popular times.


Could you clever people provide any advice on how to nab a good flight to Japan in April next year in business class? I'm hoping for guidance on which airport is best to fly out of (perhaps BNE/MEL instead of SYD, where we live) and best to fly in to (Osaka/Tokyo and options for each) or even to be told now that there's no way I'm going to get a points flight at that time of year or around key holiday dates like Easter.

watson374

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Member since 17 Aug 2012

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Welcome aboard, mabsi.

This is a tough one to crack.

You should:

  • Watch availability like a hawk and see if Classic awards are available as soon as the dates open (which they will for next Easter very soon)
  • Consider looking at taking your holidays in off-peak seasons to improve your chances of scoring award seats
  • Focus on using your points on Classic awards rather than upgrades to lock in your Business class seats.

Be prepared to:

  • Fly on different days from each other (assuming you have a partner)
  • Route via intermediate ports (e.g. SYD-MEL-SIN-HND)
  • Move, shorten or lengthen your trip based on award availability
  • Find that peak period award seats are simply unavailable
  • Pick your destination based on availability (rather than the other way around)
  • Cry softly over your laptop as you book revenue flights after failing despite having tried everything.


I wish you the best of luck.

barecub

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Member since 27 Jul 2016

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  • Cry softly over your laptop as you book revenue flights after failing despite having tried everything.




thanks for the laugh
!redditsilver

mabsi

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Member since 01 Apr 2018

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watson374

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Member since 17 Aug 2012

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Please do not be discouraged.

I know it can be daunting and disheartening, but I assure you that there is plenty of benefit to be had in chasing points, so long as you are prepared to be flexible and creative. Scoring two First class seats all the way to London on QF1/2 on perfect dates for Easter might be a tall order[1], but if you explore all your options, you might find something you never thought you would like.

However, you might find some excellent First or Business availability on Emirates[2] on their MEL-SIN flight, and decide that you want to spend your holiday in Hong Kong; you could pick up the Classic award(s) and book the remaining sectors on revenue tickets. You might discover some Partner award space on Cathay Pacific in their Business class to Hong Kong, and continue to Japan and return non-stop to Australia on revenue tickets.

The possibilities are endless with the points in your account; you just have to be prepared to explore, because the adventure begins not when your chauffeured car arrives at your front door, but when you fire up your laptop and start looking for award seats.

Notes:

  • [1] This is basically impossible.
  • [2] Classic award seats on Emirates are treated exactly the same as if they were on Qantas' own flights, i.e. they are not Partner awards, which are slightly more expensive (in terms of points 'cost').

dingogav

Member since 01 Jan 2014

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Have a read of the article below from late last year. I am unsure as to whether Qantas have now loaded Japan Airlines award availability in their system. If not, call Qantas to check availability/make a reservation. But do not let them charge you the telephone booking fee (see comment in article below), as Qantas are giving you no option but to call them in order to book JL. We did this a few years ago and were charged the telephone booking fee, but later had it refunded through Qantas Customer Care (as it should never have been charged). https://www.ausbt.com.au/top-tips-for-securing-japan-airlines-flights-using-qantas-points

mabsi

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Member since 01 Apr 2018

Total posts 3

Thanks so much, really appreciate it! Wish us luck!

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