One way to find a cheap flight to Australia when the cost of round-trip travel seems no longer “cheap” is to use your frequent flier miles. But unless you frequently fly to Australia / New Zealand, you probably won’t have a mileage account with Qantas or Virgin Australia. Both United and Delta now fly to Australia – but what do you do when you have some American Airline’s aAdvantage points wasting away in your account?
American Airlines’ partner in the oneworld alliance for North American flights to Australia is Qantas Airlines. The current “award level” for a round-trip ticket to Australia (or New Zealand – oneworld treats both countries as “wholly within one country”) in economy class is 75,000 miles.
The award level jumps to 125,000 miles for business class. Taxes and fees – collected in cash – are in addition to the required points. The current award chart posted on the American Airlines website does not include premium economy class.
By signing up for the aAdvantage newsletter, you’ll be notified when American offers discounted prices for purchasing the points to reach the total you’ll need for your trip. Additionally, your family members can transfer or gift miles to your account to help boost your total.
If your mileage balance is close to the required amount, purchasing the points needed to reach the total -currently $29.50 per 1,000 miles – even with the $30 transaction fee will help you find a cheap flight to Australia.