Best ways to find return reward flights to Los Angeles for Jan 2018 using Qantas or Velocity points?


I absolutely need to fly to NY in January. I need to be in New York on 16 and 17 January.

My dates arriving and leaving from the US are flexible (as long as I’m there for those dates) but I would preferably stay in NY for only about 7 days.

I am in Brisbane but I am happy to fly from anywhere on the East Coast of Australia to LA (and then I’ll just buy my own internal flight from LA-NY).

I have both QFF and Velocity Points.

My dilemma is that searches show limited reward flights on Qantas and Virgin in January. A search on Qantas shows for example shows I can fly over on 13/1, but there’s no reward flights coming back. I just want to fly economy using reward points.

Can anyone help how to make this possible?



I booked the BRIS-NY flight with QFF flying Qantas, and the NY-BRIS with Velocity flying Etihad.  I worked out that by dividing the trip into two ONE WAY flights, rather than searching for a single return flight, was much easier to search and find reward flights in my case and let me split them between both points programs.