Sydney is a popular target destination for using frequent flyer miles, probably because the sheer length of the flight means that people are keen to do what they can to avoid travelling in economy.
Ironically, redemption tickets to Australia and New Zealand are often poor value. Mile for mile, buying a cash ticket to Australia in a premium cabin can be relatively cheap. You can often find a business class ticket to Sydney for around £2,000 – although you may end up starting your trip in another European country and flying on an airline you wouldn’t usually consider.
In contrast, an Avios ticket in business class to Sydney is 200,000 points plus taxes. Even assuming that you can find availability – very difficult since the service was switched from 2 x daily 747s to 1 x daily 777 – it is not the best value.
As per the last couple of pages of this Flyertalk thread there are some good British Airways prices currently available out of Oslo. This obviously involves you flying to Norway – at added cost – and then flying back.
The current price at ba.com (book by 8 September for departures in January-March 2015) is 21,547 NOK or £2,059.
The fare rules actually allow up to five stops on your routing. The Flyertalk thread shows, for example, how you can do Oslo – Heathrow – Singapore – Sydney – Perth – Brisbane and back for £2,102. Throwing in Auckland as well gets you to £2,173.
You would also earn a huge amount of Avios points from the flights and probably British Airways Silver status as well, depending on routing.
You can find more details in the Flyertalk thread above.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2024)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.