In this post, I’ll be continuing on with the ”how to travel to….from Australia” series. If you’ve missed the previous instalments, they are listed below:

In this post, I’ll be covering what’s possibly the hardest country on the list, Canada. Unlike travelling to Asia, America and the Middle East, Australian travellers don’t have too many choices when it comes to non-stop services.

Air Canada

Air Canada is definitely the most known carrier that’s travelling from Canada to Australia. The airline now operates to Brisbane with their 787-9 and it features their brand new B/E Super Diamond Business Class suites. The carrier also operates to Sydney but with a 777-200LR. So what are the best points to use for Air Canada?

  • Aeroplan charge 80,000 points one-way
  • Avianca Lifemiles charge 80,000 points one-way
  • United MileagePlus charge 80,000 points one-way
  • Singapore Airlines Krisflyer charge 97,500 points one-way
Air Canada 787 Business Class (Image – Air Canada)

As you can see, the product is absolutely stunning. The airline runs daily from both Brisbane and Sydney into Vancouver. The flight arrives early in the morning and means connections are able to be made easily.

Air Canada 787 Business Class (Image – Air Canada)

Air Canada Business Class space is very limited to and from Australia but if you’re booking with Aeroplan you’ll have more access to award space.

Qantas

Qantas is the only other carrier that flies to Canada non-stop however, the service is only seasonal. The service runs from mid-December to late January for peak season.

The airline runs services a few times weekly from Sydney into Vancouver with the 747-400. It’s a 3 class aircraft and it features the carriers Skybed Mark ||’s. What points should I use for Qantas Business Class?

  • American Airlines AAdvantage charge 82,500 points one-way
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan charge 55,000 points one-way
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer Charge 96,000 points one-way
Qantas 747-400 Business Class (Image – Qantas)

Now I should disclose that getting a Business Class award on Qantas to Vancouver is extremely difficult unless you have Platinum or Platinum One status and are able to open a seat. Otherwise, I would heavily advise using Expertflyer to set alerts for U class fares and if that doesn’t work I would look at upgrading.

Qantas 747-400 Business Class (Image – Qantas)

Unfortunately, these are Australia’s only direct services to and from Canada but there are a ton of ways to get there if you’re willing to connect somewhere.

connecting from a USA flight is quite easy and they have many flights to choose from. It’s also good that the most flights departing Australia arrive into the United States in the morning making it easier to be flexible with a connection into Canada.

The other great way to connect into Canada is via Asia. Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines run services per into Canadian ports like Vancouver and Toronto.

As an example, here’s how many points it would cost to fly Cathay Pacific Business Class from Hong Kong: (refer to the linked Asia article above for the Australia – Asia legs, these prices are for Hong Kong – Vancouver/Toronto only)

  • American Airlines AAdvantage charge 72,500 points one-way
  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan charge 50,000 points one-way
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer charge 92,000 points one-way
Cathay Pacific Business Class

Even though the non-stop services are very limited to Canada from Australia, there are ways of making the trips work. If you’re lucky enough to find Air Canada Business Class or Qantas Business take it and don’t look back. Connecting through Asia is seamless and it can be a good break in the journey and you can explore.