LONSYD any Creative Ideas please?!

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Old Apr 17, 19, 8:01 am
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LONSYD any Creative Ideas please?!

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- Blue Members, 70k Avios & an AX 2-4-1 voucher.
- Travelling in February 2020.
- Budget <£1500 per pax.
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- A WT+ seat, or better, for some of the journey.
- Willing to fly any OW carrier. Love CX, QR ain't shabby either.
- A couple of days stopover somewhere safe and preferably warm en route.

Thinking of flying to SIN (AY/BA/QR) in Y for circa £500 and then buying T Class BA tickets to Sydney and back for the balance of budget.
OR using 241 on BA to a low cost intermediate point and buying a business ticket to SYD on MH/CX or possibly MEL on UL.

Any/all constructive suggestions willingly and gratefully received.
Thanks.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 8:12 am
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Cheapest I can see from a very brief look in business all the way is ~£2000pp return on CX or ~£2100pp return on QR (both ex-EU). That's a bit over the budget but business all the way.

There are some ex-EU fares on QR to Bangkok for ~£1300pp rtn and could nest with a Economy on the shorter BKK-SYD on Malaysian for ~£500rtn. But still at around ~£1800 it's a bit above you price point but longer in Business than your suggestion of going to SIN in Y.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 8:15 am
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Courtesy of @strayersong in the Premium Fare Deals forum
https://www.airchina.co.uk/GB/GB/promotion/dgfhj2019

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Old Apr 17, 19, 8:17 am
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Courtesy of @strayersong in the Premium Fare Deals forum
https://www.airchina.co.uk/GB/GB/promotion/dgfhj2019

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A good option for Buiness all the way but not a Oneworld carrier that was wanted.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by george77300 View Post
A good option for Buiness all the way but not a Oneworld carrier that was wanted.
OP asks for 'constructive help', and I think getting him a fully flat Business Class seat for the money he was prepared to pay for WT+ trumps everything else! :-)

Worth noting that it could be even cheaper out of Germany, the Air China sales usually are.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 9:48 am
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1) Slightly over price range at 1594 GBP
2) OW Carrier
3) Positioning required to HEL
4) 4 PE Segments HEL-NRT-SYD Return
5) Long Layover

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Old Apr 17, 19, 10:17 am
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Think I would be tempted to try to save up a bit more and get QR J from OSL / ARN in the next sale.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 10:29 am
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Unsure your specific dates, but BA have BRU-LHR-SIN-SYD in WT+ for £1472 per person during your sale period . CX have flights cutting the LHR legs out for a shade more at ~£1535, if you don't mind positioning to BRU (flight or Eurostar are both good options).

Not sure what JL W is like (as above) but their J is excellent. Adding stopovers seems to be in the order of £50-60ish per person but I haven't played with a lot of options.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 12:07 pm
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Keep an eye on QR out of Scandinavia and the Nordics, the fares in Business can be below your budget - not common but it does happen.

Not OW, but SQ sometimes have very low fares from ARN, the catch is a stop at DME both ways where you have to clear security. It is operated on an A350 though and it is SQ!
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Old Apr 17, 19, 2:46 pm
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If you want ex-LON, there LHR- SYD (Feb 3- 17) on JAL for £1772 in Premium Economy. Fare found on Kayak but booking would be with JAL.
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CX Business is gbp 2000 roundtrip flying Stockholm-(BA)-London-HK-Sydney and back. Over budget but worth understanding what spending a bit more would give you.
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Originally Posted by george77300 View Post
A good option for Buiness all the way but not a Oneworld carrier that was wanted.
most of the answers provided in this thread relax some of the assumptions in the op ideal scenario - most are not from London (and exclude the price of positioning and possibly accommodation at departure airport one or both ways), some largely exceed the budget suggested etc. This one offers the right city pairs, comfort levels that are much higher than what the op expected at the price point and which wouldn’t be negated by additional flights and longer routings and is within £200 of budget. Op can of course decide that they ultimately prefer to get less comfort and less convenience at a higher price to fly ow, but in my view, that’s by far the single best suggestion op should pick if it works for their dates.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 12:36 am
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I'd just add that while a QR J itinerary doesn't fall within budget, that it would boost the two passengers quite close to BA Silver. With a positioning flight presumably on BA, you'd mostly need two more segments with BA to get Silver (may have to book the economy fare class that earns 10TP if there's no other flight activity).

If budget is strict or status of no interest, I would burn the 241 to fly in WTP to, well, pretty much any eastern hub. KUL, CMB, HKG, SIN, whatever is cheapest to depart from. Then a paid PE/Biz ticket to get to Sydney.

There's also the option of buying avios to get a 241 WTP redemption to SYD but I can only imagine those are very sparse.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 1:39 am
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FWIW and noting orbitmic's comments, I might suggest having a look at QR's current promo fare in business ARN-CNS for approx GBP 1570 R/T. Routing is ARN-DOH-HKG-CNS with HKG-CNS on CX. Would return 840 TP, giving all pax at least BAEC Silver. There is some availability in Feb, but it's disappearing rapidly. I'd book it myself, but unfortunately I have other commitments on the days there is availability.

The OP could use their avios to offset the costs of positioning flights using BA and QF. And maybe they would like a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, as well.

See Sale Fares Pricing ONLY for more info. Can be booked on QR's website.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 6:16 am
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Thanks all for the replies above. I think we'll try and keep it OW, I'll certainly have a look at the QR option ex ARN. The BA WT+ fare ex Brussels seems interesting, I can't seem to find anything like it though!! In the meantime, if I keep it BA: -

1. BA 15 Q 03FEB LHRSIN 2145 1830+1
2. BA 12 T 24FEB SINLHR 2315 0515+1
Out WT, Back WT+ = GBP840.22, combined with: -
1. BA 15 T 06FEB SINSYD 2005 0650+1
2. BA 16 Q 20FEB SYDSIN 1630 2130
Out WT+, Back WT = SGD1176 eqv GBP667
GRAND TOTAL GBP1507.22.
OR :-

1. BA 15 X 03FEB LHRSIN 2145 1830+1
2. BA 12 X 24FEB SINLHR 2315 0515+1
WT Only 241 Redemption (57750 Avios) GBP361.38 + GBP667 as above GRAND TOTAL GBP1028.38.

Thanks again for all suggestions, please keep them coming........

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