Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 06 May 2012
Total posts 102
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 89
Travel agents (online or offline) usually work best for these type of itineraries. OTAs usually allow you to filter by airline alliance. Try skyscanner.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 416
The QF call centre people will help you here for no extra charge and a relatively quick answer of the phone as you’re platinum.
British Airways - Executive Club
Member since 24 Jan 2012
Total posts 83
Have you considered just using JL to fly to SFO via Tokyo (i.e. MEL > NRT > SFO > NRT > MEL).
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 323
Qantas has a multi-city tool online you can use to book your itinerary but it will price each flight one by one which could get really expensive. Alternatively, travel agents can work their magic.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 08 Jul 2014
Total posts 30
Yes, I did this recently, but to LAX. Last minute booking, cheapest business option by far. A day in Tokyo on the way over, and a night on the way back. JAL comped the night at an airport hotel on the return (call to book) - very basic room, but clean and comfortable. Takes longer, obviously, but the jet lag was less of an issue at both ends.
Member since 27 Jul 2016
Total posts 21
you're probably going to have to do a mix/matchnormally I would suggest you do the whole route by JAL too, but the night flight out of MEL does not seem to hit connections to US so well - most seem to have a long layovera quick google indicates that it's nearly an 11 hour transit with change of airport from NRT, thus MEL/NRT then HND/SFO on the flip side, September is sumo tournament in Tokyo if you have time/interest and the dates align
Member since 15 Jan 2017
Total posts 9
Oneworld does a circle Pacific fare. The webpage says to contact the airline or travel agent to work out fare. I had a friend do this a number of years ago and got a good deal, but I don’t know the cost nowadays.
Member since 10 Aug 2016
As a travel agent I book alot of these for corporate clients, it's the oneworld Circle Pacific fare and available in business and economy. It usually prices around $3k in economy and just under $10k in business.
Hi Everyone, thanks for the great help and tips on this. The AUSBT community is the Best. I actually checked and put in the complete trip with JAL in business and was really pleasantly surprised that it was about $6k. 400 status credits will help prequalify for Platinum again also. Have a great weekend everyone.
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