Want to go to Sydney? Good Avios availability just released in British Airways Club World for December-March, inc Christmas

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British Airways has just turned on the taps for Avios redemptions to Sydney this coming (northern hemisphere) Winter.

Sydney is one of the most popular redemptions on the British Airways network. Avios seats often get snapped 355 days in advance – when British Airways starts selling tickets – so extra availability is always good news.

That has just changed. British Airways has opened the floodgates for Club World (business class) Avios flights to Australia for December until March.

Take a look at this screenshot from SeatSpy which shows Avios points availability for two people in Club World.  Outbound is on the left, return dates are on the right.  It is correct as of 10am on Wednesday.

The charts above show dates where there is availability straight through, without a stopover in Singapore.  If you are willing to be flexible and transit in Singapore for a day or so, you will find more options.

British Airways operates a Boeing 777 to Sydney.  You should expect the legacy Club World seat, not the new Club Suite, although it is not out of the question that you will get a refurbished Club Suite 777.

How many Avios do you need to fly to Sydney?

On a peak day, you require, from the UK:

  • 100,000 Avios return for Economy / World Traveller
  • 200,000 Avios return for World Traveller Plus
  • 300,000 Avios return for Club World
  • 400,000 Avios return for First

On an off-peak day, you require:

  • 65,000 Avios return for Economy / World Traveller
  • 130,000 Avios return for World Traveller Plus
  • 250,000 Avios return for Club World
  • 340,000 Avios return for First

….. plus, of course, a large chunk of cash for taxes and charges, which varies by class.

For a couple, you can halve the number of Avios by using the 2-4-1 voucher which comes with the British Airways American Express credit card.  You still need to pay the full taxes for both people.

Avios tickets offer flexibility

You may be wondering whether booking flights to Australia for this winter is a good idea given how strict Australia has been with its travel bans.  You won’t be able to travel unless the country chooses to open up substantially.

The good news is that, as these are Avios tickets, you can cancel up to 24 hours before departure with a full refund of Avios and the taxes and fees with nothing more than a £35 penalty per person.  That makes them one of the most flexible flight bookings you can make in the current climate.

Do NOT pay for seat reservations in Club World if you don’t have British Airways status.  These are NOT refundable if you voluntarily cancel your booking later.  Wait until you are 100% certain to fly or simply don’t bother and save the money.

If you want to travel off-peak to save Avios, the 2021 calendar of peak and off-peak Avios points dates is here. You can see how the British Airways companion voucher works in this article.

To maximise your miles when paying the taxes, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

These tickets are likely to go quickly.  You can book on the British Airways website here.

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Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Does it even make sense to pay up to 400k avios + taxes for this route, unless you want to guarantee a seat today with cancellation option? Rob, if I remember correctly, you had told in the past to not bother for sydney redemptions and wait for sales? Wouldn’t you normally find a business return between 2-3k ex Scandinavia? Do we have any reason to believe there won’t be any sales this year?

    • For people with more Avios than they can use it definitely makes sense. If you scroll through the comments you’ll see people who coupled it with a 2-4-1 for £1519 + 275k.

      • Jeff 99 says:

        But you’re tying up your 2-4-1 voucher into a trip that probably won’t even happen and you might not find this out for another few months.

        • A lot of people have had their 2-4-1s released this year due to all the cancellations, so it may not matter. Especially if both you and your partner have 2-4-1s. It may not make sense for you but there are plenty for whom taking the gamble is worth it.

        • But if your 2 for 1 is due to expire soon anyway, then it’s not really an issua?

          We were supposed to be going for a West Coast and Hawaii trip in April this year using our 2 for 1. Obviously the avios and 2 for 1 were returned, and with the 6 month extension given, that means it is now due to expire mid Feb 2021.

          We then booked a trip next Jan using it to Miami, and had booked a cruise, but the cruise has since been cancelled (passenger terminal in Panama City won’t be ready). I hadn’t bothered cancelling the flights yet, and was considering taking the voucher, as this would mean that effectively, our 2 for 1 due to expire in Feb 2021 would be extended to April 2022. Then this article came up yesterday, and we’ve managed to swap our Miami flights to Sydney flights paying an extra £92 per person taxes and 112000 extra avios.

          We are not avios rich, and this has pretty much wiped us out. Nor are we likely to earn another 2 for 1 any time soon (and no point if we don’t have any avios to use!). However, I never thought we’d be able to get a redemption to Sydney because with only 2 seats per flight than go in seconds, it’s almost impossible. Yes our 2 for 1, avios and money for taxes are tied up, but they would have been anyway. If BA cancel we get everything back, if they don’t we’re happy at this point in time to take a voucher which means we’ll still get the opportunity to make use of our 2 for 1 up until April 2022 when it would otherwise expire, and worst case scenario we could just forgo it and get the taxes and avios back and only lose £35 per person.

          For us it’s an opportunity we wouldn’t normally get, and one we’re definitely prepared to take a punt on. We’re not like a lot of people on here, don’t have 6 figure salaries, travel for business, or even hold any status with airlines. It’s just a hobby, we earn points slowly, and this to us is a great opportunity to fly somewhere we never normally would be able to at a cost of £750 each in taxes for a business class flight (which is the only way I would contemplate such a long flight). Others may not look at in the same way as we do, but for us it’s win win.

  2. Mikeact says:

    Not the best use of Avios. I’d look at the multi carrier option for better value…apart from the patience you need to get flights on the routings you want. I’ve done it once and got two decent holidays out of it, and a short weekend trip to Edinburgh to maximise the miles. If you attempt it…..the best of luck !

  3. Hi, just want to clarify refund rules. Im looking at a date where there is only a code share available (Cathay). I don’t have the full amount of avios required, so would have to select the second option and pay more cash (essentially purchasing 20000 avios)

    As I will have paid part of the flight using cash will i still be eligible for a full refund minus the £35 fee if needed?
    thanks in advance

  4. Victor says:

    Have I missed the boat on these? I can’t seem to find any availability in the Jan-Mar timeframe

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