Hi, I have some semi-regular work travel to the UK coming up, and the opportunity to direct those business class points to a OneWorld airline. The first flight is with Qatar, but this will vary. My primary goal down the track is award travel between MEL and TYO, and I think the best flights routes (most direct) are on JAL or Qantas or Jetstar. I’m basically starting out with zero points.
I’ve been reading and studying and 'spreadsheet’ing for a few weeks now and haven’t yet understood the best way to my goal. I’m also happy to move to a Credit Card that earns points to assist with my goal (pointhacks referrals have been noted).
My options seem to be boiling down to:
- Japan Mileage Bank. For example, I can redeem for Qantas flight return MEL>TYO 50k + $485 economy, or 80k + $485 business. Or via economy on JAL (with Qantas flight MEL > SYD) in for 55k + $?.
- Qantas Frequent Flyer. I'm trying to compare this with redeeming for Qantas or Jetstar return MEL > TYO, which is 72k + $231 eco / 115,200 $231 business. Not sure if that's better or worse... plus I've been reading flight availability via QFF is limited / difficult.
Happy to boost my point earn with a Credit Card. I understand Aus CC’s don’t earn JMB, so earning in Asia Miles and transferring to JMB is an option, but I’m sad to read that a transfer to JMB costs USD170.
Any suggestions on how to help me narrow down:
- which FF scheme to direct my points for my work travel?
- which scheme to earn Australian CC points within, that will benefit me getting from MEL - TYO?
Thank-you kindly in advance for any suggestions to help me.