I enjoy hunting the webesphere for bargain travel/ accom. Ive been coming to this site for a few weeks to see if the points game is for me. The idea of it is, I love nerding out on stuff like this. To me the disadvantages are locking yourself into one group of airlines and it seems forgoing cheap fares altogether. The only big upside I can see is using points to upgrade to business class international flights, something Ive dreamed of.
If I get a card with 50 - 80k points and spend about $4-5k a month on it(including all my bpay stuff which is majority of that) would I be in a better travel position then hunting super bargains?
In two months I’m going to Japan for under $600 return. Qantas or Jetstar cost double that. Could anyone give me an idea how many points that trip would cost? Could I still hunt the best bargains on affiliated airlines then use points to upgrade? From what I can see it seems cheap fares are excluded from using points on.