My wife and I are heading back to the UK from Sydney later this year, up to Scotland. I’ve saved up about 193k Qantas points since we returned home to Australia a few years back and am keen to make use of the points for the 1st time. Any advice would be much appreciated
I’m just going to list out a few details, as otherwise I will probably ramble on.
- We're hoping to fly mid-October. We have some blocking todos remaining incomplete (visas), which will hopefully be sorted within the next couple of weeks. I'm apprehensive to book flights today.
- I'll be flying with some surfboards. Probably 3, the bag weighs about 20kg. Emirates and Qantas are good with surfboards from prior experience. I have silver Qantas status which gives me a little more allowance IIRC.
- We don't mind where we fly into in the UK. Glasgow would be good, as it's convenient. We'll probably hire a car and drive north when we arrive. We've fitted in a London black cab with 3 surfboards in a 7ft board-bag before and then rushed between trains. It wasn't fun... a big hire car will be a bit of a relief I think, even if it's for a day.
- Neither of us have flown in a class higher than economy before, so whilst it isn't necessary we'd definitely enjoy it for all or part of the journey.
I’ve seen a few options for classic awards flights from Sydney to various destinations in the UK. Some seem to be a mix of economy and premium etc. Some I have enough points for, some I don’t. I’m not sure if this is the best way to go about things. The interface on the Qantas site was not ideal for browsing through the various options. Any pro-tips here?
I’ve also pondered purchasing premium economy tickets for each of us and then shooting for a business upgrade with points, but I have no idea if this is an unreasonable idea. Definite newbie here But if this is a good plan, I’m OK with that.
Also, we don’t mind buying return tickets if it fits in somehow.
Thanks for any help!