Fly British Airways to Singapore with Qantas Points

Fly British Airways to Singapore with Qantas Points
British Airways “Club World” Business Class

Did you know that British Airways flies from Sydney to Singapore? The Qantas partner, which is a member of the Oneworld alliance, serves this fifth-freedom route every day with a 4-class Boeing 777-300ER. The British Airways Sydney-Singapore flight continues to London mirroring QF1, Qantas’ “kangaroo route” service.

This British Airways route is of interest to Qantas Frequent Flyer members because BA has surprisingly good award availability lately. We’ve seen a smattering of Classic Flight Reward seats available in Economy, Business and First Class on the Sydney-Singapore route, and you can book a seat using Qantas points. You’ll also occasionally see award seats available in Premium Economy, but this is rare in our experience.

British Airways flight BA16 from Sydney to Singapore leaves mid-afternoon, arriving in the evening. In the other direction, BA15 operates overnight to arrive back in Sydney at the crack of dawn. Here is the schedule of BA15 & BA16 between Sydney and Singapore:

  • BA16 Sydney 14:50 – Singapore 21:05
  • BA15 Singapore 19:25 – Sydney 05:10 (+1 day)

It costs 60,400 Qantas points for a round-trip award ticket from Sydney to Singapore with British Airways. For Business class, you can expect to pay 130,000 Qantas points and First Class costs 190,000 points return. Premium Economy seats would cost 105,000 Qantas points, and flying one-way costs half the number of points. Note that these premium cabin amounts will increase on 18 September 2019.

In addition, you can expect to pay $451.24 in taxes and charges regardless of your class of travel – of which $270 are British Airways carrier charges.

British Airways tends to have the best premium cabin award availability to Singapore during the middle of the week, i.e. flights departing on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

You can find award availability and book on the Qantas website. If you’re struggling to find reward seats, try searching first on the Reward Flight Finder website. This website can tell you all of the dates with award availability on British Airways for your chosen route and travel class during the next year. This online tool may not be 100% accurate, but it’s a free service and it could be a useful starting point. This website covers British Airways and Virgin Atlantic award availability.

Of course, you can also redeem Qantas points to fly with Qantas to Singapore. But the prices are not the same. When redeeming Qantas points to fly Qantas from Sydney to Singapore in Business or First Class, you would pay a whopping $661 in taxes and carrier charges (but slightly fewer points) for a return booking! But Qantas is a better deal if you’re flying Economy; a return ticket from Sydney to Singapore on Qantas would cost 49,000 Qantas points and a $271 co-payment.


Would you like help using your frequent flyer points?

Frequent Flyer Solutions offers a personalised service that’s designed to take the hard work out of redeeming your frequent flyer points!

Award Flight Assist can help you to find the perfect flights using your points. Just let the team know how many points you have and where you would like to go, and they’ll prepare an itinerary for you.

Click here to learn more about Award Flight Assist.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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