Rare Business Class Saver Award Space Between The US And Australia!

The Park Hyatt Sydney and Sydney Opera House, as seen from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, January 2011 ©DansDeals
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Qantas has excellent business class award space on their nonstop flight between Dallas and Sydney, with at least 2 seats available on many dates in July and August. That’s typically a unicorn award!

You can book this online for 126.5K Qantas miles plus fuel surcharges each way or 154.5K BA miles plus fuel surcharges each way.

Or you can use just 80K AA miles with no fuel surcharges each way. AA.com isn’t displaying availability, but you can book this via the chat function on the AA app or by calling AA. You can also add on travel from other cities in the US. You can transfer Marriott points to AA at a 3:1 ratio and hold AA awards for up to 5 days. Sadly, no major bank point currencies transfer over to AA.

I didn’t have any luck booking this with Alaska miles online or over the phone.

Dallas–Sydney valid dates with at least 2 business class award seats:
July 2, 4, 10, 23, 25, 26, 27
August 15, 17, 21, 27, 29, 30

Sydney-Dallas valid dates with at least 2 business class award seats:
July 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31

Award space is available during the Australian winter, but winter in Sydney means pleasant temperatures in the 60s. Or you can head up north to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, where winter temperatures are in the upper 70s.

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 Melbourne 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 6K 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 9K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges. Sydney to Cairns is 11K 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 6K 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 11K BA Avios can also get you from Sydney to New Zealand. That’s been on my bucket list for a very long time…

Will you book travel to Australia?

HT: Gary Leff

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You can also transfer from bilt to AA 1:1


“You can also add on travel from other cities in the US”
I booked millage tickets from Lax to Syd directly with Qantas. Would they add additional leg from NYC for free??


Beware of flying home on July 6th. It’s 17 of tamuz and your fast will be reeeeealy long lol

Bar Minan

So it’s 253k miles per flight. Why waste our time


Dan, you are the best! Couldn’t find DFW-SYD but managed to get DFW-MEL and SYD-DFW.
Can you please clarify “You can also add on travel from other cities in the US”? Will AA throw in a connection to/from DFW within the same 80k miles?