Qantas is once again flying first class between Sydney and Singapore in the lead-up to Singapore replacing Dubai as the stopover point for its flagship QF1 Airbus 380 flight to London (and of course QF2 on the rebound).
The Ditching of Dubai happens on March 25 – one day after the launch of Qantas' non-stop Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights between Perth and London.
However, from now through to March 24, the superjumbo and it first class suites are rostered onto the daily QF81/QF82 service between Sydney and Singapore.
It's a bit of a downgrade if you're in business class, as QF81/QF82 move from the A330's Business Suite...
... to the A380's previous-generation Skybed II.
But the superjumbo brings first class back into the picture, with 14 of the well-appointed 'open suites' on every flight.
With first class relatively new to the route there's likely to be plenty of availability for upgrading from business class, and the ask is fairly low: a mere 25,000 Qantas Points if you're on a flexible business ticket, up to a still-bearable 31,500 on discount business class.
That's even more appealing if you lack Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum status, as this first class upgrade lets you start your journey at Sydney's superb Qantas First Lounge rather than the decidedly pedestrian Qantas Business Lounge.
Grab the Qantas points you need for that first class upgrade – or a riot of other upgrades and free flights – with 150,000 bonus Qantas Points when you sign up for the American Express Platinum Business Card; 100,000 bonus Qantas points on the Qantas AMEX Ultimate and AMEX Qantas Business Rewards credit cards; and 75,000 bonus Qantas Points on the Flying Kangaroo's own Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard.
If you're buying a Sydney-Singapore ticket outright, be sure to check the first class fares: we've seen quite a few dates over the coming weeks for QF81 when first class can be less expensive than business class.
For example: mid-week you can find a one-way Business Flex fare business class at around $3,950...
... while the First Flex equivalent lists at $3,241.
From March 25, things switch back around:
- QF81/QF82 reverts to an Airbus A330
- QF1/QF2 changes from Sydney-Dubai-London to Sydney-Singapore-London
- QF5/QF6 – which is currently a late afternoon departure from Sydney to Singapore – is nixed in favour of QF1/QF2
Melbourne will also see a daily Airbus A380 darting to Singapore as QF35, with the option of a lazy six hours in the Qantas Singapore Lounge for passengers continuing onto London on QF1 shortly after midnight.