Awards Available On The Final Qantas Boeing 747 Flight To The U.S.

As Qantas retires its fleet of Boeing 747s, Boeing 747 – ‘Sydney’ (VH-OEF) will fly its last flight from Sydney to Los Angeles on February 9, 2020.

And notably there are award seats available in economy, premium economy, and business class on this nostalgia flight.

Citibank and American Express points transfer to Qantas. Some people are currently targeted for a 20% transfer bonus from American Express. Qantas charges:

  • Coach: 41,900 points + $160.01
  • Premium economy: 81,300 points + $240.70
  • Business: 100,400 points + $227.04

Does anyone know why taxes and fees are higher in business class than premium economy? Qantas is unique in adding surcharges to awards that do not apply to paid tickets. Carrier-imposed surcharges are a rip off of frequent flyers to begin with, but when they are only charged on mileage redemptions and not paid tickets it’s truly shameless.

American AAdvantage doesn’t offer premium economy awards on Qantas (yet) and doesn’t always show available business class award space so whether or not the business seat is bookable with AAdvantage miles will take a call to American to determine. And of course no surcharges.

(HT: Dan’s Deals)

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  1. QANTAS is shameless. They love to ‘dine out’ on creepy nationalism, with the most hokey ads ever created…and promote themselves as a ‘good Australian’, honest and reliable. The reality is quite different: greedy, deceitful, sly and malevolent, as per the totally disingenuous way they manage those taxes and charges. They weren’t always this way: most of it is attributable to the CEO.
    Anyone contemplating a trip to Australia this summer needs to think carefully about the weather. The fires might not be a direct threat, but the air pollution in and around Sydney is at dangerous levels ( has been for weeks and summer hasn’t really started)

  2. It wont be the last 747 flight to the US – you fell for their marketing scam. It’s just the last flight for this specific air frame.

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