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F to Sydney on redemption?
OK FT I have a problem, well, I have many, but lets tackle one at a time
Two friends have moved to Sydney and Wellington respectively and I want to visit them sometime mid/late next year.
Now, I have never been a Y kinda guy and being a large fellow the thought of Y for that period of time is not something to realistically consider.
I was initially planning on going for WT+ and MFU to CW, however...I've since flown F and I'm hooked (huge TR to follow in the new year...).
I have checked BA.com and can't find any MFU (from CW) to F seats available at all. Am I being too hopefully on the Kangaroo route to expect any seat availability? I assume due to low volume of flights that availability is also low?
So a few questions:
1. Is it possible to get MFU F to Sydney? Booking 6-9 months out
2. When is a CW sale likely so I can get a decent deal on CW to Syd?
3. Any other way of doing this? Book CW and hope for a decent offer via MMB or at the airport?
4. Anything I'm missing or being stupid/hopeful over?
Yep, this is a very popular route and redemption seats are snapped up as soon as they become available. Your best bet is to either plan about 11 months ahead or go at very short notice indeed. There's not much to be had between the two extremes.
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I got lucky last year when I got an F redemption seat c7 months out. QF out and BA return and because of the rejigging of the 380s post the engine incident, ended up having QF 380 F (rather than 744) which was great and BA F back. Was very lucky though.
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Whenever I'm looking at F redemptions to the UK from Australia, the one that always seems to come up is BA to PVG and then QF down to SYD - for some reason there just seems to be far more availability on that route (looking about 4-6 months out) than anything else that comes up, but maybe that's a fluke. I'm not sure about CW availability to be honest.
Not saying it's the best option but might be worth looking at if you split the bookings, if you have an onward ticket from PVG you can get a 48 hour transit visa on arrival.
You could always look at CX availability too unless you're dead set on BA? Being flexible up until departure definitely makes a difference, I was hanging out for a BA F seat for my flight in two days time and at just after midnight GMT this morning they released their F seats so if you're willing to wait until a few days before the flight you might see some more availability come up. CX are also pretty good about releasing availability about a week before the flight.
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Originally Posted by pauldb
Actually from 2013 you can now get 72hrs in PVG and PEK, and this will now include UK passports.
Yes, provided you are in transit to a third country. The previous 24 hour restriction confined you to the airport complex (admittedly broadly interpreted) but the new rules will give scope for many people to see these fascinating cities en route to Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and so on.