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)