Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
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Qantas First Class on its A380 is the most luxurious way to get between the U.S. and Australia. From 5 star restaurant quality meals in the lounge to the discreet private onboard service, it’s a great way to pass the 15 hours in style.
But it’s almost impossible to book in advance with partner miles and points. Either someone at Qantas makes a mistake, and you find seats available across the board, or there’s nothing at all.
Right now, there are a few dates in August and September that have space on Qantas’ Los Angeles – Melbourne flights for one passenger per flight, which are operated by the A380.
You can book it for 110,000 AAdvantage miles one way, but that’s hardly a bargain, though considering a Business Class award costs 80,000 miles not a terrible relative value.
The real deal if you’re desperate to try is to burn just 70,000 Alaska miles to score a seat.
If you don’t have AAdvantage or Alaska miles, things start looking grim.
Chase points via British Airways Avios can get you a seat for 200,000 points one way.
With Amex or Citi points you can transfer to Asia Miles and book the flight 130,000 miles one way, or 210,000 miles roundtrip, but it will take a phone call to Asia Miles to book.
An alternative if you want to book online and not deal with phone agents with Amex points is a transfer to Emirates Skywards, where you can book for 144,000 miles plus $400 in surcharges…
Or, if you have Citi ThankYou points a transfer to Qantas miles will get you the same 144,000 mile price bookable online.
But unless you have 70,000 Alaska miles to get a great deal here you’re better off saving your points for a trip that stretches your points further.
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