i’m looking for some help to work out the best way to fly to tel aviv and the uk at the end of this year. i know that’s a bad/impossible time for redeeming FF points but the trip is for a family celebration that’s just been confirmed and can’t be moved.
the ideal itinerary is
- max trip length is 25 days (due to commitments here)
- spend 8 - 9 days in israel and 1 - 2 weeks in the UK
- depart melbourne between 10/12 and 13/12, arrive israel 20/12, depart israel 28/12 or 29/12, depart uk between 4/1 and 6/1 to return to melbourne.
ideal conditions are minimum cash spend, maximum points redemption, and i’m getting old so have a strong preference for a lie flat bed on the longest leg of the australia - europe flights.
i have 770,000 velocity points,160,000 qantas points, 73,500 emirates skywards points in my account and access to another 220,000 skywards points at cost of $15USD per 1000 (ie they are held by family who are happy to transfer them to me).
i found a virgin atlantic upper class seat hong kong london (10/12 outbound and 7/1 return) but the velocity call centre couldn’t see it on those days or on 5 days either side of those dates.
can’t see any availability on qantas, singapore or cathay economy or business seat redemptions.
next i’ve looked at emirates. cash fare plus points upgrade to business class for melbourne-london return costs about $4400 because of the gouging they charge to transfer points between accounts.
i’ve looked at a few point hack articles and other websites and now my head is hurting with all the options and ways to investigate availability.
grateful for any suggestions, advice or tips.