What is the best way to get SYD-LAX RTN in J?

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  1. armanie

    armanie Junior Member

    Apr 29, 2006

    I was hoping people on this forum could help me.

    My situation is:

    1. I would like to plan a family trip SYD-LAX RTN in J class.
    2. There are 5 of us.
    3. I am currently a member of QFF and Kris Flyer (lowest levels).
    4. I have an abundant amount of Amex points which can be transfered to either QFF or Kris Flyer.
    5. I would prefer to use points only (as opposed to using points for upgrades).
    Although the number of points are not a problem, I don't want to waste them unnecessarily.

    I've tried logging on to QFF site, but I think because of my lowly bronze level, I never see any J class seats.

    Also, I don't mind if I have to book 11-12 months ahead.

    I would greatly appreciate any comments and advice.

    Thanks in advance.


  2. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Many of the suggestions in this thread will also be relevant to you.
  3. drron

    drron Enthusiast

    Jul 4, 2002
    Sunshine Coast
    I would think it will be impossible to get 5 awards in business on the one flight.I think you would need to consider a oneworld award.Fly Cathay to HKG and then on to LAX.Might be a bit easier next year when JAL joins oneworld.Will give you another option.
    I seem to get lucky coming back from the states and have scored 2 business awards on the 1 flight but flying in to BNE.So look at BNE and MEL as possibly more likely to get awards there than SYD.
  4. armanie

    armanie Junior Member

    Apr 29, 2006

    Thanks for the tips and advice.

    I guess I'll just have to keep on trying my luck.


  5. NM


    Aug 27, 2004
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    the only realistic hope of getting 5 people to the USA on award tickets is in economy. Even as a Qantas Platinum FF member, when I was planning to use FF points for a family holiday I resigned myself to the reality that 5 business class seats on the same itinerary was never going to happen. So instead I redeemed my points for 7 economy class OneWorld awards and took two travelling babysitters along with us. And it was my Frequent Flyer status that enabled me to secure 7 FF award seats on the same flights. As a Silver or Bronze member, I would not have access to the required award availability.

    Although business class would be nice, I think you will have to look at slumming it in economy if you want to use FF points for your travel.
  6. PaulZ

    PaulZ Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    BOOK EARLY EARLY EARLY... i think you can book 350 days in advance - do that... I suggest subscribing to expertflyer or the such so you can see the actual availability on each flight quicker and easily.

    I booked my trips to and from LAX 11 months in advance and got 5J award tickets on the same flight... ADL-BNE-LAX both directions.

    But at the end of the day we were prepared to split onto two flights if required... Afterall we were receiving nearly $50,000 worth of flights for free - we have to be flexible.

  7. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

    Jul 10, 2006
    Given the expectation of a lack of award availability - have you considered 2 J and 3Y seats?

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