Qantas is one of the stingiest airlines when it comes to releasing transpacific first & business class award space. Admittedly their stinginess between Australia and the US is now more the standard than the exception, as Virgin Australia isn’t even generous with making space available anymore (they used to be super generous).
It’s worth noting that if you’re looking to redeem American miles for travel between the US and Australia, Qantas has a good bit of business class awards available over the coming months.
Via Point Hacks, Qantas has a good amount of business class award space between San Francisco and Sydney for travel between February and April. There’s not a massive amount of award space, but well over a dozen dates with at least two business class award seats in both directions, so I do think it’s worth calling out the space.
The catch is that these flights aren’t bookable on aa.com. You’ll have to search space through the websites of Qantas, British Airways, or ExpertFlyer, and if they show business class award space it should also be bookable through American or Alaska, though you’ll have to call to book.
For example, American’s website doesn’t show a single business class award seat in either direction for all of February, March, or April.
While the most space is available on the San Francisco to Sydney route, I also notice some extra seats on the flights out of Los Angeles, including to Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.
As far as Qantas’ business class product goes, they have a solid fully flat product. The seats are wide and spacious, though don’t all have direct aisle access. The soft product is generally good, though, between the pajamas and excellent food.
The best value for snagging these seats will be through American AAdvantage or Alaska Mileage Plan. American AAdvantage charges 62,500 miles for a one-way between the US and South Pacific, while Alaska Mileage Plan charges 55,000 miles.
If you’re looking to travel to/from Australia over the coming months, this is a rare opportunity to redeem miles for Qantas business class for two passengers. Just be sure you search for availability through British Airways, Qantas, or ExpertFlyer, and then call American or Alaska to book.
Were you able to snag some Qantas business class seats between the US and Australia?