I’m looking for a low cost MEL-LAX J class fare on fairly specific dates, departing in April, returning in May 2018. I don’t want to dip into my QF, VA or AMEX membership reward accounts.
I can do a commercial NZ fare for AU$4780 via AUK. This will credit points but not status credits to my Velocity account.
I can purchase 117500 Alaska Mileage Plan points in two transactions using the current 40% bonus for US$2611 (~AU$3613 @ 0.7227) which will get me a QF F class seat outbound and a QF W class inbound seat using the Alaska Mileage Plan award booking site. Only F and W class are available on my required weeks of travel. Obviously no points or status credit earn.
From what I have been able to see, NZ provides the lowest commercial fare option and the current Alaska Mileage Plan promotion provides the lowest cost points purchase option for me. I’ve looked at AA, UA, Avianca.
Be interested to know if anyone is aware of anything better worth checking out.