Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

  • SteveR 51 posts

    looking to go Jan 26, (Sydney) but flexible With wife & daughter so 3 adults, Looking at best strategy for getting near the front

    Will have BAPP 2 4 1 and in the regions of 150k in Avios or more with a few card sign up bonuses

    All suggestions welcome

    TIA

    Mick S 280 posts

    do you mean January 26th in 2025, or January (any date) in 2026?

    if its the latter the only hope you’ve got is to book 50 weeks ahead, staying up until midnight, and booking the outbound.
    It’s so difficult to get premiums cabins for this route, as you need availability for BOTH the flights – LON-SIN, then SIN-SYD.

    it was bad enough for me sorting this as solo-traveller last year. For 3 people, you’ll need a miracle.

    if its for next January then I’m afraid you’ve no chance.

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    I think you need about 200k avios for a CW return to SYD anyway, so you’ll struggle to get 3 of you there even with a 241 unless you boost your balance considerably.

    Have a look at the recent articles here on Qatar – you can’t use the 241 but might be able to get business class on one leg.

    Again, though, it’s going to be very difficult to score SYD in Jan 25.

    Your 241 may open up extra CW from the regions, but only for 2 of you.

    Jan 26, as above, have enough avios and get ready to book at T-355. Loads of info on here about doing this!

    Mick S 280 posts

    CW is 145k off-peak each way for Sydney.

    You mentioned that you’re flexible with your wife and daughter – so use the voucher for them in Economy, and put yourself in CW 🙂

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    Yeah I just had a look on SeatSpy and saw that pricing😮. May have been thinking of SIN. But there’s plenty of availability if you want to go next May!

    SteveR 51 posts

    Sorry should have made clear Jan 2026, could do Dec 2025. Sydney not cast in stone either Brisbane open jaw

    Fully expecting the 0100 hours 355 days out.

    Did that for RFS to Turkey during Summer Holidays

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    So if you’re au fait with that process, are you asking for suggestions about how to amass enough avios?

    SteveR 51 posts

    Tricks for mixing & matching either straight through with couple of hours stopover or a layover of a few days.

    Not bothered if we fly East or West

    To get the best use of the 2 4 1 voucher

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    If you’re set on using the 241, at least part of the journey will have to be on BA, or possibly EI or IB if you were going the long way round via the US. This would cost you more avios ultimately. You could mix and match with QR, using the 241 to fly to DOH, although obviously that’s a relatively small chunk of the journey. You could also use the 241 to SIN and book connecting flights from there. (But a stopover with BA would cost even more avios than flying straight to SYD). BA only flies to SYD at the moment, so that limits you a bit.

    It’s difficult to give realistic advice without having a better idea of how many avios you’ll have to play with. Are you happy to settle for PE, which would need fewer avios, or set on business class? As noted above, you’ll need at least to build a much bigger pot or look at paying a higher cash amount, if booking with BA.

    ChrisBCN 293 posts

    Here’s another suggestion using the multi-partner chart, https://www.headforpoints.com/2024/03/08/british-airways-avios-multi-partner-chart/

    Rob writes –
    “It is perfect for flights to Australia – which can be cheaper than booking a direct British Airways Avios redemption”

    It won’t be the fastest but will allow you to stop and take in some other places – it depends if that appeals or not.

    I suggest you price things for dates that are bookable now to get an idea if of interest.

    SteveR 51 posts

    Thanks for everyone’s input

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