Member since 28 Feb 2018
Total posts 36
Member since 20 Jan 2017
Total posts 33
I’ve found the exact same issue when booking my wife and I our
European escape coming up in June. We wanted to transit through DBX on our way
to Amsterdam. We booked it around late September but having said that we were
on QF’s website everyday looking at what they released.
Neither of us are any frequent flyer status of note (ie
bronze) so that would have put us on the back foot to begin with and I had
heard that Emirates were reducing their reward seats to QF but not 100% how
true that is/was.
I was particularly surprised at the lack of seats given
emirates flies out of Syd 2-3 times a day. In the end we used our points successfully
to get all the way to Amsterdam via DBX in J class HOWEVER we have to go via
Manilla as another stopover but I believe it ended up being 1-2k fewer points
in totality. It is a slight inconvenience but at the end of the day its still
not a bad outcome as we’re going over there for 10 weeks so a night stopover
isn’t the worst.
So if you’re not lucky getting on EK408 you may have to go
via another port, not ideal but it’s the individuals choice. Im a plane nerd so
I didn’t mind the extra leg and gives us a chance to experience three different
J classes (QF A330, EK 777, EK A380).
We ended up trying 1001 combinations working backwards to
get Business Rewards by working out where say Qantas and Emirates meet at a
halfway point hence the SYD-MAN-DBX. Places of note we tried were, Singapore, HK, Seoul,
Bangkok, to name a few.
Whether or not this was the best strategy, it worked for us and
that’s at a Bronze level.
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 116
Check availability every day. Seat availability comes and goes and you might just get lucky.
Thanks anonymous, that's good to know that I am not missing anything. Makes the decision making easier.
Member since 06 Jul 2018
Total posts 16
Can attest to this strategy - fluffing about with different cities in Asia given that reward seats will almost always fluctuate on a weekly if not daily basis will yield something.
Member since 14 Nov 2015
Total posts 43
Doesn't hurt to check every day.. EK availability does come and go, so you might get lucky. I once snagged 2x J SYD-DXB on Boxing Day about 6 weeks before.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 16 Oct 2016
Total posts 5
The reason why you can not find any Emirates seats is the as of April 2019 Emirates no longer have flights out of Sydney
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 28 Jan 2016
Total posts 11
Welcome to j class availability with QFFF. Basically it sucks. Lots of opportunity to earn points but trying to redeem them is very, very difficult.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 07 Sep 2012
Total posts 8
Not sure how you came to that conclusion but there are 3 EK flights per day out of Sydney, reducing to 2 when the BKK service is killed off
Member since 16 Mar 2016
Total posts 12
I have had a lot of success booking Emirates J as a multi city trip like EUROPE-DXB-ASIAN CITY-BNE OR SYDNEY on Emirates or Qantas and as long as you have stopovers of less than 24 hours the points are the same as a one stop flight
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 584
There is no shortage of Emirates flights out of Sydney I am on the evening one myself in April.
Member since 25 Sep 2013
Total posts 376
LOL what rubbish.
Hi Guest, join in the discussion on
Finding Available Qantas Business Classic Rewards Seats on Emirates - Any tricks?
Already have an ET account? Log in below.
Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you
interact with our community. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to
Didn’t receive an activation email? Resend one to yourself here.
If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address
below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password.
If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link.
Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox