I’ve written in the past about how Qantas first class between the US and Australia is one of the toughest products to snag using miles.
That’s because Qantas is incredibly stingy with premium cabin award space to begin with, and on top of that most of their partner carriers don’t immediately get access to the award space, given that they only open up their award calendars 331-335 days out. So members of some programs basically have a one month “head start” on the already very limited amount of award space.
Anyway, typically if you scroll through American’s award calendar searching space between Los Angeles and Sydney/Melbourne you won’t find a single date with first class award space.
It’s worth noting that right now Qantas is releasing the most first class award space I’ve ever seen between Los Angeles and Sydney/Melbourne. It might not look impressive compared to the space other airlines release, but by Qantas standards this is a ton.
Virtually all of the space seems to be over the coming months, especially in July and August. And for that matter most dates only have one first class award seat (though I do see a few dates with two seats).
For example, here’s the space between Sydney and Los Angeles in first class for July/August:
Then here’s the space between Los Angeles and Sydney in first class for July/August:
Qantas has a phenomenal first class product on their A380s, so if you can make this work in terms of your schedule I’d highly recommend locking it in.
Qantas A380 first class
American charges just 72,500 AAdvantage miles for one-way travel between the US and Australia, while US Airways charges 140,000 Dividend Miles for roundtrip travel between the US and Australia. So while the rates are similar, there are a lot of other program policies to factor in when making your decision.
Act fast, this won’t last!
Qantas A380 first class in bed position