Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 15 Dec 2016
Total posts 171
I'm currently looking for booking on CX with points, I don't know it's normal or not, but the website shows no seats for the entire January, not even in Economy (checked SYD/MEL/BNE/CNS/PER/ADL) , and called Platinum customer service and they've said they can't find anything too.
Member since 14 Jun 2018
Total posts 45
The available seats would have been snapped up months ago - holiday season. I got my HK reward seats in January in May this year.
Member since 15 Mar 2015
Total posts 84
Got 4 seats back in mar
Member since 21 Apr 2016
Total posts 12
Originally Posted by btaus
Do you need to be on CX? Platinums can request award space on QF metal, so if you're open to flying QF that would be my suggestion. I got two HKG-SYD J seats opened for early Jan back in March.
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 244
Chinese New Year 5 Feb wouldn’t be helping either , early this year, many would be heading off in Jan.
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 102
Aussies go overseas in December and come back in January. Airlines will price fares and adjust award availability accordingly.
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 344
January is not a great month for award bookings with the first week usually blacked out and then the subsequent weeks in high demand as it is still the school holidays. This year especially, the Chinese New Year starts on the first week of February which means most of the last week of January and February's first week is all snapped.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 211
There WERE reward flights available, but they've all gone. You have zero chance of getting seats over a school holiday period when you leave it to just two months before departure.
Member since 19 May 2015
Total posts 9
As soon as I saw the thread title I thought:
Member since 03 May 2017
Total posts 39
Or aussies have christmas at home and go overseas in January because the prices are a little cheaper
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 488
There is no point looking for reward seats in January or July one or two months out. They are peak times for either hemispheres.
Finally found two HKG-CNS in CX business in January. The only thing left is just another $250 worth of Qantas flight home.
Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club
Member since 02 Jul 2018
Total posts 22
Sorry to hear that. As a frequently flyer I don't recommend to fly out from Australia's holiday season (Christmas, not Melbourne Cup, stops the nation). You would expect people fly back on second week of January (with empty wallet), then last week of January (kids back to school), then early Feb (yes Feb 5 is Chinese New Year), up to end of Feb (yeah Uni kids back to school). Don't forget CX is the favourite choice of the people-from-strong-economies.
Me as well. CNS seems like the only choice for flights back to Aus on CX.
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