Malaysia Airlines seems to have dropped some very cheap business class flights to Sydney and Melbourne with the online travel agencies. These deals are ONLY available if booked with a hotel – but it seems that 1 night in a hostel is enough to trigger it.
How cheap? How about £1,500?
This is available for most dates until 26th November 2017.
You can book this fare on Expedia, where you can pick up some Nectar points as well for your trouble. It is also available on sister sites such as ebookers. Here is an Expedia screenshot I pulled up (click to enlarge):
You need to search for London to Sydney or Melbourne in Business Class. You need to search for ‘flight & hotel’ and then select ‘I only want a hotel for part of my stay’. Assuming that you don’t want to book your hotel for the trip via Expedia, select one night only.
On the next page of the booking process you are shown a list of hotels. These are NOT sorted by price by default, so re-order them. The cheapest will be some grotty hostel but that is fine as you won’t be staying there.
(Another alternative is to book an airport hotel at Sydney or Melbourne for the first or last night of your trip, if you think it would come in handy.)
Between London and Kuala Lumpur you will get an A380, with an A330 onwards on most routes. The A330 business class seat is the latest version and has some very attractive solo window seats as the seating plan on this page of the Malaysia website shows.
Bangkok, Phuket and Bali are also available for around £1,100 return. You may want to try other Asian destinations too.
The Australasian routes would earn 600 tier points in British Airways Executive Club, based on 2 x 140 and 2 x 160 tier points.
It is worth popping over to Expedia and seeing what you can price up. Hat-tip to Flyertalk for this.