Last-Minute Qantas First Class Availability to London

Last-Minute Qantas First Class Availability to LondonQantas almost never releases Business or First Class award seats on its flights to London. But if you’re planning to travel to the UK in the next month or so, you could be in luck! Qantas has just released a bunch of Premium Economy, Business and First Class award availability from Sydney to London for last-minute travel.

The plentiful Qantas award availability to London can be found on a range of dates over the next month. Most of the availability is for departures on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays on Qantas flight QF1. Even if you have Bronze Qantas Frequent Flyer status, you should have access to these reward seats. But hurry, this availability may not last long!

AFF member cjd600 made the discovery…

Decent availability for the next 4-5 weeks for 2 x J and 2 x F Classic Awards on QF1, SYD-LHR.
Mainly Sun-Weds.
Not sure premium cabin releases are common on this flight (certainly not for NB anyway).

We ran a search for award availability on the Sydney-London route across the next month. These dates had at least 1 award seat available in Economy, Premium Economy, Business and/or First Class:

Qantas award availability to London is relatively good over the next month.
Qantas award availability to London is relatively good over the next month.

Note that this calendar also shows award availability on partner airlines such as Emirates, China Eastern and Cathay Pacific. So not all dates showing award availability have seats on QF1 to London. But many Qantas flights to London over the next month do have award availability in all classes. In fact, some flights even have as many as 6 Premium Economy, Business and First Class reward seats available!

Qantas website screenshot

It costs 128,000 Qantas points for a one-way Business Class reward seat from Sydney to London, plus taxes, fees and carrier charges. First Class costs 192,000 Qantas points, plus charges.

If you’re interested in booking a seat on one of these flights, beware of the Qantas carrier charges. These add $540 to the cost of a one-way award booking from Australia to Europe in Business or First Class. That’s in addition to the airport fees and government taxes which are also payable.

Also beware that Qantas doesn’t seem to have released the same amount of award availability on its flights back from London to Australia. So, Qantas will get you to London in style… but you’ll probably need to use a partner airline, fly Economy or pay for a ticket to get back home.

QF1 is Qantas’ daily Sydney-London flight via Singapore, served by an Airbus A380. On this aircraft you’ll find lie-flat SkyBed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class suites.

Qantas A380 First Class
Qantas A380 First Class

Qantas’ other daily service to London is QF9, which operates from Melbourne with a short stop in Perth. Qantas virtually never releases premium cabin award availability on this flight, and they’re unlikely to start anytime soon.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: QF1 SYD-LHR, F + J Awards available Jan/Feb


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
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