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  • js33 1 post


    First time spending points on a big trip so wanted some advice for our best options. We’ve booked short haul before but it’s a big amount of points so want to make sure we get it right.

    I collect a lot of points through a Business Gold Amex, currently 80k Amex points, and my BA Amex, 50k Avios, and my fiancées BA Amex, 10k Avios.

    The Business card will keep accruing lots of points and in total I think we’ll be on around 240k by next May. I also have a BA companion voucher.

    We want to go to Australia in July next year. Ideally with a night or two stopover on the way there and the way back. Happy to go to different places with different airlines, and happy to have more than one stop and do some exploring.

    We run our own business and don’t get many opportunities to have a long time away from work, and as this is our honeymoon we want to make the most of it.

    Thanks in advance – sorry if this is the kind of thing that people ask all the time!

    NorthernLass 8,274 posts

    There have been 2 threads on this exact topic in the past couple of weeks – there were numerous posts on both so it’s probably worth having a trawl through the forum and reading through them.

    *Also read Rob’s recent articles on the changes to avios pricing BA has just made!

    Colin MacKinnon 296 posts

    Best way is to go shopping at Sainsbury – and then buy a cash ticket!

    Seriously, if you want to have a couple of stopovers, you’ll spend a fortune in Avios.

    Otherwise, to get any availability, you’ll have to use an Amex 241 to see the extra award seats.

    If paying cash, have a look at this thread:

    I am still looking at it for a trip to NZ (I think with this fare you have to go to NZ but you might also have to stay around a week there or a week in Sydney as well) since we could have had a stopover in New York, and one in Tokyo.

    It is hard to book, but you can contact NuffNuff for help.

    VerdantBacon 141 posts

    You’re not going to Australia on points with a 241 in July, you’ve left it too late to get that redemption. Qatar might have some availability but you’d need to get more points for that.

    BA’s SYD redemption is usually snapped up 355 days in advance.

    Having 240k in May, means that maybe you can try get the redemption for July 2024, but you’re definitely going to struggle a lot to get a BA SYD redemption two months before departure

    Colin MacKinnon 296 posts

    @VerdantBacon BA’s SYD redemption seems to have improved – for the moment – with new 241 extra availability departing from the regions and nations of the UK.

    And the benefit of the new long-haul RFS is you can go from Edinburgh, Newcastle or Manchester for the same price as Inverness – so no need to travel so far to save the APD!

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