How practical is it to use Krisflyer to redeem flights from SYD to NYC? (Flying Virgin Australia or United Airlines)

Hi guys,

Wanted to get some insight to see if anyone has redeemed Virgin Australia/United flights using Krisflyer points? If so, how was the availability (economy and business)

(I.e. not keen to fly NYC - Frankfurt - SG - Sydney, hoping to fly NYC - LAX - SYD)

Many thanks!


I have personally not redeemed Krisflyer for this route or with Virgin Aust or United.

Here are my 2c:

I would imagine that you would have to find available “reward seats” on Virgin to be redeemable on Krisflyer. Same for United airlines; you have to find available United saver seats redeemable on Krisflyer. If you do not pass the above test, you would most probably not find the seats available on Krisflyer as usually, a partner does not see the same allocation of seats as some FF programs keep some for their own members.

Your most challenging leg would be the AUS-USA leg. That is  very very popular so they get picked up very very quickly (sometimes as soon as they are released).

Good luck.