Qantas is bringing First Class back to its Sydney-Hong Kong route from December until March 2019. If you’re quick, you may even be able to book Qantas First Class to Hong Kong using frequent flyer points. There are currently two First Class award seats available on the new flights almost every day!
For several years, Qantas has already been operating an Airbus A380 on the Sydney-Hong Kong route on a seasonal basis. But until now, Qantas has not sold First Class on these flights. Instead, 14 lucky Business Class passengers have been able to select a First Class seat while receiving Business service. In fact, an AFF member did exactly that earlier this month and has written a trip report about the experience.
Qantas will now once again sell these as First Class seats with proper First Class service. That’s good news for everyone except those Business Class passengers that were lucky enough to pre-select a seat in the First cabin…
Have been booked on the QF127/QF128 combination for the end of 2018 for a while now. Noticed with a re-timing of the return flight today, that I’ve lost my F seat selection (booked in J).
Award Availability in Qantas First Class to Hong Kong
The A380 will operate one daily flight between Sydney and Hong Kong from 1 December 2018 to 28 March 2019. Most of these flights currently have two First Class award seats available! These are unlikely to last long, so book now if you’re interested.
A return First Class award from Sydney to Hong Kong will cost you 180,000 Qantas points and $377.80 in taxes and Qantas carrier charges.
Award seats in Qantas First Class to Hong Kong are also available through American Airlines’ AAdvantage program. The price is just 100,000 AAdvantage miles and $134.20, round-trip.
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Qantas F to HKG
787 Dreamliners Will Fly to Hong Kong
Qantas is also bringing its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners onto selected Hong Kong flights from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney from next December. The Dreamliners bring Premium Economy to the Melbourne-Hong Kong and Brisbane-Hong Kong routes. But the Dreamliners have 103 fewer Economy seats than the A330s. The Dreamliner Economy seats are also narrower than the A330 seats, so we’d suggest sticking with the A330 if you’re in Economy.
If you’re interested, there are also plenty of Premium Economy awards now available from Melbourne and Brisbane to Hong Kong on days where the Dreamliner is operating.
It previously appeared that Qantas would axe Premium Economy to Hong Kong from April as all flights were scheduled to be operated by A330s. However, the introduction of the Boeing 787 onto Hong Kong services means that Premium Economy will be available after all.
Qantas had previously suggested that its newest Boeing 787s would be used to launch a new route, such as Brisbane-Dallas. Their deployment on Hong Kong services suggests that this new route will not eventuate.
The only surprise here is how quickly the 789 has been consigned to the existing ‘vanilla’ routes rather than the new ‘aspirational’ routes like BNE-DFW and PER-CDG.
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: QF Dreamliner to fly MEL/SYD/BNE to HKG
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