Awards in Business Class to Australia are not easy to come by, but United has great award space for flights to Australia in Business next spring and summer (our spring and summer, that is). That includes both Sydney and Melbourne.
Business Class to Australia
Below is availability for 2 passengers for flights to Sydney from Houston.
From Los Angeles
And from San Francisco
Business Class to Australia — A Better Way
Now, you can book this flight for 80,000 United MileagePlus miles one way, but United miles are not easy to get by. Instead you can use only 120,000 ANA miles with ZERO fuel surcharges. ANA is an American Express Membership Rewards airline partner, and I’m a huge fan of the airline and its Mileage Club program, as you may well be aware.
As a reminder, you can’t book one-way travel with ANA miles, but the good news is that there is a great award space for tickets from Australia, too, especially to LA and Houston (but not San Francisco, unfortunately). So you shouldn’t have a problem with a round trip anyway.
From Sydney to Houston
And from Sydney to Los Angeles
I’ve tested several dates on the ANA site, and all of them worked for me, so it’s not phantom availability — but, as always, YMMV. Note that the price below is for 2 people.
Business Class to Australia and New Zealand — A “Betterer” Way
United flies between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand 3 times a week, and while the Business Class award space from Sydney to SFO is abysmal, it’s quite good from Auckland.
Since ANA allows a free stopover and up to 2 open jaws on its award ticket, you can do this:
From Los Angeles to Sydney to Auckland to San Francisco: for 120,000 miles! The price shown is for 2 people.
Act soon, I can’t imagine this lasting long.
Sydney Opera By: Corey Leopold