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

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  1. armanie

    armanie Junior Member

    Apr 29, 2006
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    Hi,

    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.

    armanie
     

  2. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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

    drron Enthusiast

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    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
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the tips and advice.

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

    :(

    armanie
     
  5. NM

    NM
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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

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    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.

    PaulZ
     
  7. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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