Finding Qantas first class awards between North America and Australia is like finding a unicorn. It never happens. I’ve flown Qantas first class between Hong Kong and Melbourne with miles and it was excellent, but I’ve never flown directly from North America.
However right now there are multiples dates in July with at least 2 first class awards available nonstop between Dallas and Sydney on a Qantas A380.
Use AA.com‘s flexible award calendar to help find valid dates. Click non-stop only when viewing the award calendar to limit flights to the nonstop Qantas flights between Dallas and Sydney.
You can book one-way awards for 55K Alaska miles in business class or 70K Alaska miles in first class. Plus you can take a free stopover in Sydney, so you can stopover in Sydney and then fly to other Australian destinations like Cairns, Hamilton Island, Melbourne, Perth, Tasmania, or Uluru for the same amount of miles:
Or you can even fly to New Zealand for the same amount of miles with a free stopover in Sydney:
All classes of service have award space:
Alternatively you can book one-way awards for 80K American miles in business class or 110K American miles in first class. American doesn’t allow for free stopovers, but they do allow you to hold an award.
Kangaroo at Angelsea Golf Club on the Great Ocean Road:
Great Ocean Road, outside Melbourne:
Back in 2010 Mimi and I flew around the world on AA’s defunct round-the-world award and for Australia we stopped off in Melbourne, Sydney, 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 Malborune for Shabbos at the excellent Park Hyatt which is around the corner from a great Chabad House. A flight from Sydney to Melbourne is 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 based in Hamilton Island you’ll also be able to checked 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 Hobart 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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