San Francisco to Sydney Qantas Flight Now Searchable on AA.com

The Qantas San Francisco to Sydney flight that begins in mid-December is now searchable and bookable on aa.com. This is really bad news for Business Class award space.

Last week I wrote that there was plenty of Business Class award space on the flight, searchable on Expert Flyer and bookable by calling American Airlines.

Amazing Qantas Business Class Space to Australia, BUT HIDDEN!

Qantas begins flying its 747s between San Francisco and Sydney on December 18, 2015. The plane features 58 flat beds in Business Class, Premium Economy, and economy with no First Class.

Uncharacteristically for Qantas flights, the route has amazing award space in Business Class that you can book with American Airlines miles. But the space is hidden; you need to know where to look.
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I flew Qantas Business Class on its A380 two years ago from Melbourne to Los Angeles.

Avios News: Now No Fuel Surcharges on Qantas Flights Leaving Australia

Qantas has eliminated fuel surcharges on its flights that depart Australia.

This doesn't matter at all for paid tickets because $1 of fuel surcharge and $1 of base fare costs the same to you, but this is huge news for award tickets with miles that collect fuel surcharges like British Airways Avios.

Awards Between Australia or New Zealand and Africa

Yesterday I published "Awards Between South America and Australia or New Zealand" because two days ago I published “How to Book a RTW Trip in 2015. Use These Underpriced Awards Around the World,” which lists the best awards between far flung regions. Take a look at those if you’re an adventurer who wants to take a BIG trip.

I got thinking about other interesting ways to move on from Australia. There are two direct flights to Africa.

South African flies to Perth, Qantas flies to Sydney.

Awards Between South America and Australia or New Zealand

Yesterday I published "How to Book a RTW Trip in 2015. Use These Underpriced Awards Around the World," which I am very proud of. Take a look if you're an adventurer who wants to take a BIG trip. In the comments, John Domingo asked about getting between South America and Australia.

The best flights to get between South America and Australia/New Zealand are the direct flights on LAN Airlines and Qantas, booked with American Airlines miles.

Source: gcmap.com

Qantas flies directly from Sydney to Santiago.

Tax Dump Etihad and Qantas First Class on the A380 Out of London

Etihad and Qantas both fly their stunning A380s with ultra-luxurious First Classes out of London.

Qantas First and Business Class Award Space to Australia

I wish Qantas released a ton of Business and First Class between the United States and Australia. Qantas flies directly from Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane plus from Dallas to Sydney.

Fly Two A380 First Classes on One Award (British Airways and Qantas)

Your miles are as valuable as you are creative. For instance, you can combine two luxurious A380 First Classes onto one American Airlines award.
British Airways flies an A380 daily between Los Angeles and London.

Brand New Flat Bed Business Class Option Between United States and Australia

Qantas is refurbishing its A330s with "fully flat beds in business class." Right now the A330s serve the following routes.

Sydney-Melbourne
Sydney-Brisbane
Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Perth
Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Singapore
Melbourne/Brisbane to Hong Kong
Sydney-Bangkok
Sydney-Jakarta
Sydney-Manila
Sydney-Honolulu
Sydney-Shanghai

I have medium hopes for the new beds, which will roll out starting in December 2014. The reason I am not more excited is that the picture accompanying the press release looks to me like an angled lie flat beds, not fully flat beds.

This jives with my experience in business class on the Qantas A380.

Anatomy of an Award: Cathay Pacific First Class and Qantas First Class on a Trip to Australia and Hong Kong

Recently a friend came to me with an award request along the lines of what I have done for hundreds of clients of the MileValue Award Booking Service.

He wanted to visit Sydney during its summer and Hong Kong on the same trip. He wanted to fly in some of the world's nicest airline products.