HOT! Fly Business Class From Chicago To Australia For Just $1,500 Or 81K “Hybrid Points” Round-Trip, Plus Earn 38K Flight Miles!

The Park Hyatt Sydney and Sydney Opera House, as seen from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, January 2011
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You can fly from Chicago to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, and possibly other cities with this deal.

This fare is available in business class on most Sundays in either direction from now through November. Availability and connections will vary between Priceline and Orbitz, so make sure to search both sites.

Connections from Chicago are available in Auckland on Air New Zealand or in LA or San Francisco on United.

A business class ticket to Australia normally sells for around $7,500.

The Air New Zealand via Auckland flight books into Z class. That would earn 23,820 Aeroplan, ANA, Singapore, or United miles. Or it would earn 38,112 Avianca Lifemiles, Lufthansa Miles & More, or Virgin Atlantic miles.

These fares are not on sale with airline miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.

Using AMEX points:

If you have an AMEX Business Platinum Card you can get a 35% rebate of points used.

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

This flight is bookable as an insider fare for 133,833 points. Plus you’ll get back a rebate of 46,842 points, dropping the total points needed to 86,991. That includes all taxes and you can still earn miles for flying!

If you also have a AMEX Consumer Platinum Card you can use that card and get back an additional 4 points per dollar, or 5,352 points for this ticket, dropping the effective cost to 81,639 points.

Plus you can earn 38,112 Avianca, Lufthansa, or Virgin Atlantic flight miles, dropping the effective cost to as low as 43,527 points.


Using Chase points:

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel.

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here. The cost will be 99,888 points round-trip! That rate include all taxes and you will still earn flight miles as well!

Plus you can earn 38,112 Avianca, Lufthansa, or Virgin Atlantic flight miles, dropping the effective cost to 61,776 points.

Sydney opera house:


Sydney Harbour Bridge:

Kangaroo at Angelsea Golf Club on the Great Ocean Road:


Great Ocean Road, outside Melbourne:


Wineglass Bay, Tasmania:


Whitsunday Islands:

Back in 2010-2011 Mimi and I flew around the world on the now defunct American OneWorld first class round-the-world award for 230K miles. In Australia we used the award to stop off in MelbourneSydney, Tasmania, and the Whitsunday Islands. Truly an awesome country!

  • 3-5 days in Sydney would give you enough time to experience the phenomenal Park Hyatt, climb the Harbour bridge, check out the Opera House, pet some Koalas and Kangaroos, and have a day in the Blue Mountains.
  • 4-6 days in Melbourne would allow for a road trip of the sublime Great Ocean Road and the breathtaking Grampians before going to to Melborune for Shabbos at the excellent Park Hyatt which is around the corner from a great Chabad House. A flight from Sydney to Melbourne is just 4.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges.
  • 2-4 days in Hamilton Island or Cairns would give you time to snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re going to Hamilton Island you’ll also be able to check out famous Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. A flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island is 7.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges. Sydney to Cairns is 10K Avios.
  • We spent 4 nights covering the entire beautiful island of Tasmania without realizing just how much driving that would entail. Doing over a week would have been ideal.  A flight from Sydney to Tasmania is 4.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges.
  • We didn’t make it to more remote places like Uluru, Kangaroo Island, Perth, or the Australian Outback, but perhaps on a future trip? Then again 10K BA Avios can also get you from Sydney to New Zealand. That’s been on my bucket list for a very long time…

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This will be cancelled as it was last time I got in on an Air New Zealand error.


Just a warning to AYLOR about leaving Australia on Sunday before shkia. Could be an issue


Who has better business ? United or air nz


Is Air New Zealand or United Business class better??


Can it be booked directly with United?


Air NZ much better than United imo


Booked for 2 with Amex MR
Insider fare of $1338 per person
Initial cost of 133.4k per person
Subtract 6.7k (5x via personal plat)
Subtract 46.7k (rebate via biz plat)
Net cost: 80k MR


Cancel Fee is only $250 if plans dont work out!


Currently looking at dates – what season in your opinion is the best time to visit?


November is fantastic. Beginning of summer


Thank you! I’m looking into doing November to coincide with Thanksgiving break!


Does it require a saturday night stay


How do you use consumer and biz card for same purchase?


Just booked 9/13-22/19. Hopefully weather not too bad. Used Sapphire Reserve points for two, 119k. Don’t forget to look at AMEX Travel


Flying out on 7/5 also works.

N. F.

Air new zealand on international flights are awesome we traveled with a baby and had a great experience!


Booked it as a week stopover in Auckland!


dead – I was trying to book a second trip :/






Right in the middle of booking, hit book, and it died…. Don’t hesitate with these things… a lesson I never seem to learn


If I have amex business Platnium and sapphire preferred but not enough points is it still better to book it through amex business Platnium’s travel site or better to book on with sapphire preferred card.


Dead on Chase


Dead on Air New Zealand

Ed Travel

I got one but I don’t like it when I book with incompetent travel agencies vayama has not send me a single email. My credit card says that they processed the transaction but it’s been like 10 minutes and no emails from them


Ticketed for $1492.79 now its its exactly $6,000 more!!! 10NOV-17NOV


still pricing in my GDS


It isn’t working for me via amex travel…

thanks Dan

whats ideal time to spend there if traveling w 3 kids under the age of 5? I feel like sunday to sunday is too short bc you spend a day or 2 in flights only

Joy Travel



prices are showing up on amex portal but when trying to check out they jump to 11K per person


When will we know if the tickets are cancelled by the airline? this clearly looks to be a sale though – not a mistake fare… Also, did I make a mistake by booking on Air New Zealand instead of United re: the chances they honor it? I googled and Air New Zealand usually doesn’t honor these claiming they are mistakes – couldn’t find much on UA though.


If booked via Chase UR, I don’t see an option to add Travelers Insurance. I’ve had the option on Amex Travel (using MR) previously). Recommendations?


Get a full year of travel insurance for between $150 and 500 if you travel a lot.



DD – click on multiple plan trips

amex amazon

whats with your trip you stop in middle of a story could pls Finish it


How do we know if they will be honored? It says my ticket has been confirmed but how do we know they wont change that?


I forget to cancel lol now what haha


Any update on whether this will be honored?