Advice on booking Euro business class trip for family of 3, but only enough points for 2 FF seats

6 replies

DSJ

Member since 29 May 2019

Total posts 2

Hi folks,


Looking to take wife and my 10 year old to Europe during July 2020 via business class. Id be leaving/returning to perth.

I have 650k+ FF points, so should be enough for two seats, and pay for the third. Im a Qantas Gold member.

July isnt yet available to book but from what i have seen, finding business class seats looks challenging, especially when I then have to pay for a third seat on exactly the same flights.

Destination wise, I dont really care if I fly into or leave via Italy, Germany, France or England, we are pretty flexible. Duration is likely to be around 3 weeks.


Can anyone make any suggestions on what might be my best options to achieve the above? Really appreciate any suggestions.

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 402

Middle of the week bookings. Tuesday or Wednesday. QF on Emirates rather than qantas methyl if you can book with them. Only because QF is quite full most of time. If you can get two then paying for the third shouldn’t be a problem. You may have to use a call centre probably more than once to get someone who will go the extra yards to make it work.

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 423

Would you be happy to pay $ to fly CX PER - HKG, and then do the rewards from there, HKG to Europe.
From PER, your choices are either via SIN, or the very long haul PER - LHR.
Personally, as Jul is school holidays, I would pay for the 3 of you for premY CX PER - HKG, and then do award from there, to a non UK capital city, that CX flies into.
Oh, and yes, I talk a lot of you know what.
Do you really need J class?
CX premY doesn't look too bad.

DSJ

Member since 29 May 2019

Total posts 2

Many thanks for the prompt responses.
Certainly happy to pay to get to HK or SIN from Perth, I will start looking into that now. Many thanks.

nix584

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 10 Jan 2012

Total posts 73

If considering CX perhaps look at destinations like MAN, LGW, BRU, MAD, FCO, DUB, BCN.

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 423

On the way out of the UK, also maybe go by Chunnel to CDG or another city, flying a premium class out of the UK does have a lot of APD (UK) tax linked to it.

Winstonatc

Member since 24 Sep 2019

Total posts 5

Just building on some already good ideas:

1. Paying to get to Asia and then using FF for onwards legs is a strategy that many people use. Availability from HK/ Singapore to Europe is many time greater than Australia-Europe. One thing to bear in mind though though is that you might find yourself stranded if your flight to Asia is significantly delayed. For this reason I would look at stopping overnight to reduce the risk of missing your flight to Europe.

2. Destinations like Munich, Lyon, Milan and Madrid are worth a look as they may have seats available when other (big name) destinations don't.

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