My question is a two in one. I am looking at going to Europe next year (don`t mind what city). We have a large balance of QFF points. Does anyone have any recommendation for which airline is best to use redemption for? The second question is: is first really worth the extra points? or is business suitable on the long haul flight?
If you are using Qantas points to get to EU, I would recommend Emirates (high surcharge), Cathay Pacific (if you can find award space) or Finair (heard good reviews).
If you are sitting on a large QF balance (large enough that it wouldn’t mean less trips in the near future), I would suggest First class if you can get it. As the taxes charged for Business and First are the same. First class is getting rarer.
If you are just after a comfy seat to sit and sleep in, most business seats get the job done.
I think you would also need to look at the aircraft type - we redeemed Krisflyer for first class back from London. The first part in the suites was amazing but the second leg back to Melbourne was barely a step up from business class.