Mauritius is a beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Africa. This French-speaking island is a great place for a holiday, but getting there can be a little bit of a challenge! This article explores ways to fly from Australia to Mauritius using frequent flyer points.
Air Mauritius Direct from Perth
Air Mauritius flies 3x weekly direct from Perth to Mauritius. This is by far the quickest way to reach Mauritius from Australia, with flights taking 7 to 8 hours. There’s just one small problem… Air Mauritius does not partner with any Australian frequent flyer programs.
On the off chance you happen to own Air Mauritius Kestrelflyer miles, you can of course redeem these for Air Mauritius flights. But the most accessible option for Australians is likely to be an Emirates Skywards redemption.
A return Air Mauritius flight from Perth to Mauritius costs 54,000 Skywards miles in Economy or 108,000 Skywards miles for Business class. Taxes and charges of around $583 are also payable on a round-trip booking. One-way awards are not possible. To redeem Emirates Skywards miles on Air Mauritius, you would need to complete the partner award request form on the Emirates website.
The good news is that there is a reasonable amount of award availability on Air Mauritius. We checked several dates and many flights outside of peak periods like school holidays had award availability in both Business and Economy. You can search for Air Mauritius award availability with Expert Flyer.
Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles can also be redeemed for Air Mauritius flights.
South African Airways via Johannesburg
Virgin Australia partners with South African Airways. You can redeem Velocity points to fly South African Airways from Perth to Mauritius, via Johannesburg. Connections from elsewhere in Australia to/from Perth are available on Virgin Australia.
South African Airways award availability is somewhat limited, but flights are available on some dates. Bizarrely, there seems to be better availability in Business class than Economy. A return trip from Perth to Mauritius costs 112,000 Velocity points in Economy (or 208,000 points in Business) plus around $269 in taxes.
Emirates via Dubai
If you have Qantas points to spare – and don’t mind the extra travel time – Emirates has daily flights from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to Mauritius via Dubai. Emirates Economy awards are available most of the time, but Business and First class availability is more limited.
Return Emirates flights from Perth to Mauritius cost 110,000 Qantas points and $490 in taxes in Economy class. Business class is 224,000 Qantas points and around $700. However, the travel time is well over 20 hours in each direction.
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