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Help with booking a itinerary for maximum status credits

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sirfoxey

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I need to book a trip in August for work which will take me from Melbourne to London, Toronto and LA before returning to Melbourne.

I work for a NFP and normally we would book via our travel agent and would be given the lowest possible fare on any carrier, but I have some vouchers which I need to use up from Qantas and given I am donating them to work I have been given approval to book direct from Qantas.

I currently have PS with Qantas and would like to keep it. I normally between work and personal flying have been able to scrap in keeping my PS and enjoy the free seat selection. I also have a QP membership into next year which has me happy to fly what ever stupidly long route required as I can relax in the lounge.

My question is, is anyone a guru here and able to advise me what the best route to take from Melbourne, to London where I will spend a week (18 Aug - 24), then onto Toronto for another week (24-29th) and to LA for a week (29th - 3rd Sept) before returning to Melbourne.

Having a look currently the best status points route I found was MEL-SIN-DXB-LHR then LHR-YYZ then YYZ-LAX then LAX-BNE-MEL but I am by no means a guru at this and would love any suggestions on how to maximise my status points for this trip.

thanks in advance
 

AustraliaPoochie

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All I have to say, is to make sure that all the way, you fly, (try as much as you can), you fly QF/or a OW partner, as much as you can. I certainly would if I were in your shoes.
Pity all your flights are after dreaded July though.
Can you travel/afford to travel PE? They give a bit more points than DE (discounted economy).
 

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Unfortunately we are not allowed to fly anything other than discount economy, even our CEO does given we are a not for profit.

The route above I researched is on QF flight numbers excluding the legs between London/Toronto and Toronto/LA which are on BA and AA flight numbers.
 

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Can you make the very first leg MEL-SYD before continuing north via Asia? And in America, look at YYZ-DFW-LAX, rather than the direct flight.
 

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I know you have been on here longer than me, ... but BA & AA will still earn you points and SC, smaller post Jul.
RE: PE vs DY, noted.
 
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