Dubai - Syd/Mel awards avails disappeared

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  1. Beasley

    Beasley Intern

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    We are looking for award J Class seats from Barcelona/Madrid to Syd/Mel via Dubai in late September 2019.
    I have been monitoring the avails over the past couple of months on these flights and there appeared to be plenty of seat options, primarily on EK.

    However in the past few weeks I have noticed the Dubai to Syd/Mel virtually dry up completely in all classes. The Spain to Dubai avails are still good but nothing for the Australian leg.

    Does anyone know if there has been a change between EK award avails to Aust? I know they have changed planes, but feel someth8ng else has changed dramatically.

    Would appreciate advice/knowledge.
     

  2. Mattg

    Mattg Senior Member

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    A few things at play here...

    1. Yes, EK award availability to/from Australia is definitely drying up. Availability isn't what it used to be.
    2. It's too early now to book for late September 2019 anyway. If Emirates does release seats, it will only be around 330 (>11 months) days out.

    Late September is school holidays as well, so it's unlikely you're going to get anything on Emirates. I would start looking at other options.
     
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  3. Beasley

    Beasley Intern

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    Thanks
    Matt, thanks for your insight. What other options do you suggest because the Qantas site doesn’t seem to offer other options. Would ExpertFlyer be a better alternative to seek flights back home?
     
  4. kpc

    kpc Senior Member

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    Sq usually has good availability in premium classes from Bcn/ Mad to Australia
     
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  5. Beasley

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    We can’t use QFF points to book on Singapore Airlines though?
     
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    blackcat20 Senior Member

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    EK awards dried up months ago, we’d planned to book two seats to the Us but when it came time there was nothing for weeks.
     
  7. Kiwifruit

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    Try searching MEL ( or SYD)-SIN-DXB-BCN/MAD on EK/QF. If you keep layover in SIN under 24 hours it should price as one award.

    Alternatively try look at QR which often has availability out of ADL if MEL/SYD-DOH is unavailable.

    Another option is CX via HKG; CX fly to MAD five times a week.

    As discussed by others it is a little too early to search for late September.
     
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    Is F avail FRA/ZRH-DXB-MEL couple days out from dep as was case previously or has that disappeared as well?
     
  9. am0985

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    Yep late Sept wouldnt be visible for another 20 days or so. So far though we should be able to see availability DXB - SYD/MEL to September 10th and there is nothing. I would have hoped early September would provide some joy since Euro holidays are over but obviously not.

    There is however some availability to Perth. Maybe ride the Qantas A330 across Australia?
     
  10. Kiwifruit

    Kiwifruit Junior Member

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    Or if originating in MEL possibly the 787 to PER on QF 9
     
  11. Pierre_a

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    Hi Matt,

    Any idea why EK availability has dried up?
     
  12. ramboflyer

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    I recently booked 2 J seats EK DXB - SYD for August 19 and thought I was very lucky to get them. I was looking one morning and nothing and an hour later there was. After booking I saw that no more J seats on that flight. Looked again a few days later and nothing for the month.

    I was aware of the 330 day availability but these were definitely before 330 days so I strongly suggest you keep on checking every day.

    Also suggest you try Award Nexus which is a paid site or Award Flight Assist here. I found flights from DXB to HKG to SYD (or MEL) which didn't appear on QFF site. I got on QFF live chat and sure enough I could have booked them but held off and got the EK flights. I checked again a week or 2 later and they were still there. I think it was QR to HKG and CF to SYD or MEL. J seats from LON to several ports were no problem, it was the next leg back to Australia that was the hard part.

    You might to look at a few posts on another thread:

    First / Business award availability - London flights
     
  13. Mattg

    Mattg Senior Member

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    No idea...

    It will be a deliberate decision by EK not to release the seats. Could be any number of reasons for this, but generally high demand (from paying customers) or reduced capacity will result in less award availability.
     
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