What are the best ways to use Qantas and Velocity points to get Business class seats from Melbourne to Milan?

Hi all

Wondering if I can get some advise/best way to approach a trip from Melbourne to Milan. Its for 2 adults and one baby who will be approximately 6 months at time of travel.

Where: Melbourne to Milan
When: Mid August to Mid September
Points 70,000 Qantas 80,000 Velocity

Wanting to fly Business for some legs/entire trip. I was thinking of paying for flights and upgrading using points to Business - we also would be looking to stopover for a day or two in Singapore to break up the trip.

We are flexible with airlines although we do like Singapore and thought transferring points to Krisflyer might be a good option.

Any suggestions on how to tackle this would be awesome!



Have you seen this thread:

It has lots of good suggestions re Aus-Italy.

If you do decide to buy economy tickets, ensure they are ones that allow upgrade requests. However, these may be more expensive than no-frills economy tickets and there is no guarantee any of your upgrade requests will be fulfilled.

Maybe use your points for economy or business seats for MEL-SIN and buy business seats for SIN-MXP. Business class tickets from Asia tend to cheaper than from Australia.

Good luck with it all.

Regards, Bluenose