In this post, I’ll be talking about how you can get from Australia to Asia using points in Business Class. This is a continuance from the posts listed below: In the post, I’ll only be listing the carriers that are easiest to redeem points for. There are a lot of Asian based carriers that fly to Australia but some are very hard to redeem points for.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is the Hong Kong-based carrier and they are one of the easiest airlines to redeem points for. The carrier operates services from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Cairns & Sydney.

Melbourne and Brisbane now receive A350’s and Perth will in October, Sydney also receives a 3 class 777 while the rest receive A330’s. Which points should you use for the flight?

  • Alaska Airlines Mileage plan charge 30,000 points one-way
  • Asia Miles charge 40,000 points one-way
  • American Airlines AAdvantage charge 40,000 points one-way
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer charge 65,000 points one-way
Cathay Pacific Business Class

Cathay Business Class availability is pretty fantastic, especially last minute. Most space to and from Australia is released about a month out to 48 hours beforehand. Here’s a review of the product but on the 777. The best way to find Cathay Business Class awards is through British Airways.

Qantas

Qantas have quite a few services into Asia from Australia. They fly into Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok and Tokyo. Most services are with their A330’s with the new suites except Beijing which gets the angled flat skybeds. Some services are with their 747’s and in peak services, Hong Kong gets the A380 from Sydney. What points should I use for Qantas?

  • American Airlines AAdvantage charge 40,000 points one-way (Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai)
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer charge  60,000 points one-way (Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok)
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer charge 72,000 points one-way (Beijing, Shanghai & Tokyo)
Qantas A330 Business Class

Qantas Business Class availability is probably the worst on the list. They don’t have an exact time for releasing space. If you’re a Platinum or Platinum One you’ll be able to open up a seat. Here’s a review of the product. The best way to find Qantas Business Class awards is through Qantas or British Airways.

Emirates

Emirates operate a few unique hops from Australia to both Singapore and Bangkok, these flights then go onto Dubai. Emirates operate a Sydney – Bangkok service, Brisbane to Singapore & a Melbourne – Singapore flight. I’ve flown Emirates Business Class a number of times and it’s quite a nice product. What points should you use for the flight?

  • Emirates Skywards charge 45,000 points one-way
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer charge 60,000 points one-way
  • Japan Airlines Mileage Plan charge 42,000 points one-way
Emirates A380 Business Class

Emirates Business Class isn’t released at a certain time but they do open a lot of seats. I could find almost all days had space in off peak times. The best way to find Emirates Business Class seats is through Qantas.

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia will enter the Asian market for the first time in July. The airline will use the A330 from Melbourne and it features their award-winning Business Class product. The airline will operate services every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. What points should you use for this service?

  • Velocity Frequent Flyer charge 59,500 points one-way
  • Singapore Airlines Krisflyer charge 54,000 points one-way
Virgin Australia Business Class

Virgin Australia don’t yet fly to Hong Kong but the availability is wide open. If the new service is anything like the Los Angeles services, most seats will be opened up 5 days to 10 hours beforehand. The best way to find Virgin Australia Business awards is through the Velocity website.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has a large presence in Australia with services to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. They also have a fantastic frequent flyer program and redeeming Krisflyer miles is easy thanks to great availability. Brisbane get the A330 and 777-200ER, Sydney get the A380 and the 77W, Melbourne get the A350 and 77W, Canberra get the 777-200ER and Adelaide get the A330. So what are the best points to use for Singapore Airlines Business Class?

  • Krisflyer Miles charge 58,000 points one-way
  • Krisflyer Miles charge 32,000 points one-way (Perth)
  • Velocity Frequent Flyer charge 65,000 points one-way
Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class

Singapore Airlines is another carrier that doesn’t release space at a certain time but does release a lot of seats. The best way to find Singapore Airlines space is through the Krisflyer website. Here’s a review of their A350 product.

Thai Airways

Funnily enough, the only carrier I haven’t yet flown on this list is Thai Airways. I’ve written extensively about Melbourne getting the A350 but it’s been delayed around 6 times now. Brisbane and Perth receive the 787, Melbourne for the meantime receive the 77W and Sydney receive the 747. So what are the best points to use for Thai Airways Business Class?

  • United Mileageplus charge 30,000 points one-way
  • Avianca lifemiles charge 40,000 points one-way
  • Singapore Airlines Krisflyer charge 55,000 points one-way
Thai Airways 777 Business Class (Image – Thai Airways)

Thai Airways also doesn’t release space at a certain space but does release a lot of seats. The best way to find Thai Airways Business Class seats is through Lifemiles or United.

Japan Airlines

I just flew Japan Airlines for the first time a few weeks ago and loved the experience. The carrier is also quite easy to redeem for. The airline only flies to Sydney with a 787-9. So what are the best points to use for travel to Japan on Japan Airlines?

  • American Airlines AAdvantage charge 40,000 points one-way
  • Japan Airlines Mileage Bank charge 40,000 points one-way
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer charge 78,000 points one-way
Japan Airlines 787 Business Class

Malaysia Airlines

The last one on the list is Malaysian Airlines. The airline operates services from Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne and Perth. Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth receive the carriers A330 while Darwin get the 737. I haven’t yet tried Malaysia Airlines but would like to some time and test out the A330 Business suites. What points should you use for Malaysia Airlines Business Class?

  • American Airlines AAdvantage charge 40,000 points one-way
  • Malaysian Airlines Enrich charge 48,000 points one-way
  • Etihad Guest charge 62,000 points one-way
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class (Image – Malaysia Airlines)

Malaysia Airlines availability seems to be pretty consistent and quite good a few weeks out from departure. If you want to find these award seats I would use the British Airways Executive Club search tool.