Planning for a trip for 4 people to Japan (2 adults, 1 toddler, 1 infant on lap) with preferably JAL from Melbourne around September 2018.
Thinking of flying Premium Economy or above, so far here are the options I have:
Buy directly from JAL, around AU $5,400, premium economy return. Question then where should I credit the points etc. I have QFF but almost never used it.
Buy miles from AAdvantange. Haven’t worked it out yet, but based on recent promo, it is around $6k-7k for business class redemption (excl taxes).
Use my Velocity points to KrisFlyer, and redeem part of the cost. My Velocity is at 160k, and I know it’s not much, but I prefer to save it for SE Asia trip instead. Besides, we did MEL-SIN-HND last year and wouldn’t want to do it (esp with infant).
Based on these 3 options, it seems that the best bang for buck is to buy miles from AAdvantage and redeem it for business class fare, however I am not sure on the flexibility, and restrictions on this.
Or are there any other options that I’m missing?