With Qatar Airways now flying between Sydney and Doha, the Gulf airline and Oneworld member provides a great way for Sydney-based Qantas cardholders to use their frequent flyer points for travel to the Middle East and beyond to cities across Europe including London, Paris and Rome.
Better yet, from September 15 2016 that Sydney flight becomes an Airbus A380, complete with eight spacious first class suites in a 1-2-1 layout...
... and an all-new business class cabin offering direct aisle access from every seat (the same experience as you'd find aboard the airline's new Airbus A350 flights from Adelaide).
Let's not forget the inflight bar and lounge area shared by the superjumbo's business and first class travellers, either.
Booking Qatar Airways flights via Qantas
Airbus A380 reward flights on Qatar Airways are easy to book and appear on the Qantas website – there's no need to call the Qantas team, unless you've having difficulties.
You can redeem your points for flights in economy, business class and first class, with availability varying from day to day and flight to flight.
On a typical journey from Sydney to London you’d need 75,000 Qantas Points to make the trek in economy, 139,000 Qantas Points for business class or 203,000 points for first class, one-way.
That’s the same number of points as to fly with the Roo’s broader web of partners including Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines – but if first class is what you seek, you'll need to stick to the airline's Airbus A380 flights between Doha and London.
A380 all the way to the UK
At the time of writing, those Doha-London superjumbo legs are flights QR3 and QR9, so you can enjoy first class all the way from Sydney to London.
Business class travellers can also opt for Qatar's Boeing 787 servce (QR15), which has the same business class seat – although the Dreamliner doesn't have the A380's superb inflight bar.
Note that Doha-London flights QR1 and QR5 use the Airbus A330 and QR7 is a Boeing 777, so on those flights you'd be settling for the older, six-across business class layout.
Whichever you choose, Qatar's schedule out of Sydney proves business-friendly but could also help maximise the time spent on your holiday – you can get in a full day's work before pushing back at 9:45pm (10:25pm during daylight savings months) as your journey to Europe begins.
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