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  • AMEX 15 posts

    Hi All members of Head For points, I am asking for your wisdom again. I am thinking of using my Amex points on an Emirates flight to Austria or New Zealand next year. I have done a test run to find the flights I want, with seats and times. I have screenshots if anyone wants to see them. I have picked a day flight and lunchtime flight with a night layover then will stay in an airport hotel in the Emirates hub to get the next flight to my destination and return flight home as I do not like night flights. I have around 125000 Amex points.

    I want to maybe save myself £125.00 to £150.00 on a hotel night and upgrade to business for the night flight. Has anyone done this and how easy is it to find flights to upgrade to business class? Also, I have looked online and Emirates does not have much public info how how their points upgrade table works. I have found a few links but not anything that is clear and the BA Avios points tables.

    I did post this question before but it was when the web site had issues and I can not find it by post on my account.

    The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    I think you might be going about this the wrong way. Others will be better placed than me to provide a fuller comparison here, but Emirates seems to be bad value on that route. One way London-Sydney is 79k miles and £318 in Economy. One way London-Melbourne (I couldn’t get Sydney to work) on Qatar is 90k miles and £372 in business.

    I don’t know if you can move miles straight from Amex to Qatar, but if not you can move them via BA.

    executiveclubber 303 posts

    Agree with above, but to your question about upgrading ability… on the website, under the icon of the seat, “upgrade eligible” means there may be room but not now, “upgrade available” means there is room at time of booking. Sometimes it’s more effective to book PE and upgrade, but YMMV.

    AMEX 15 posts

    Hi All thanks for the comments. I posted my screenshots to give you an idea of how I planned it. If not a detailed written answer. ( I tried to upload a picture it did not work. I have pasted the details below, for your comments. I have thought about Qatar as they’re part of the BA Network now. I have just under 300k in Avios.

    All fight details

    For 1 passenger (Including airfare, taxes, fees and camer-imposed

    charges) Total: GBP 2,317.64 Sat 14 Oct 23 Sat 14 Oct 23

    7h 5m 09:05 19:10 Class / Fare: Economy/Flex Plus Non-stop London Heathrow (LHR)

    Dubai (DXB) LHR-DXB

    Checked baggage: 35kg Change fee: No Charge Refund fee: No Charge

    View detailed fare conditions Hide fare rules Sun 15 Oct 23 Mon 16 Oct 23

    13h 40m 10:25 07:05 Class / Fare: Economy / Flex Plus

    Non-stop Dubai (DXB) Sydney (SYD) DXB-SYD Checked baggage: 35kg

    Change fee. No Charge $ Refund fee: No Charge

    View detailed fare conditions

    Hide fare rules Fri 27 Oct 23 Fri 27 Oct 23 14h 10m 06:00 13:10

    Class / Fare: Economy/Flex Plus Non-stop

    Sydney (SYD) Dubai (DXB) SYD-DXB Checked baggage: 35kg Change fee: No Charge

    Refund fee. No Charge View detailed fare conditions Hide fare rules

    Sat 28 Oct 23 Sat 28 Oct 23 7h 45m 11:25 16:10 Class / Fare: Economy / Flex Plus

    Non-stop Dubai (DXB) London Heathrow (LHR) DXB-LHR Checked baggage: 35kg

    Change fee: No Charge Refund fee: No Charge View detailed fare conditions Hide fare rules. Fare Breakdown Fare rules/Terms and conditions Miles Summary

    Tax Breakdown Options Edit Selection Total: GBP 410.00 ( Seat Booking Bulk Head seats priority seats)

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