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TRIP REPORT – The time I flew round trip to Sydney for £1080 in business class

How could I resist another visit?

In addition to having one of the best business class products in the sky, Qatar Airways frequently offers some superb airfares between Europe and Asia Pacific.

As a promo for the launch of their service to Sydney, Qatar greatly discounted the fares on what has long been one of the most expensive routes in the world. 

When you’re flying all the way to Australia, it’s a real privilege to have a space like this to while away the hours…

As soon as I saw the post on Flyertalk alerting people to this deal, I knew I had to book it. There was no choice. An opportunity like this is simply too good to pass up. A round trip to Australia in business class for £1080 is barely above the normal economy price, to pay this for one of the top business class products on earth is borderline larceny.

The only catch was that I would have to start the trip in Oslo. However flights there are super frequent and cheap, plus heading to Oslo doesn’t involve any backtracking from London, so this seemed like a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things.

Furthermore, not only would this OSL-SYD ticket allow me to get to the other side of the world in immense style, the fare would earn around 45,000 AA Miles, enough for a one way first class flight from London to Abu Dhabi on Etihad Apartments, with an onward connection to the Maldives in Business Class! (because a trip like that is worth doing more than once 😜)

One of the great things about this miles and points hobby is that it makes the world feel so small. My oldest friend, a guy I’ve known since we were both three years old, lives in Melbourne and ordinarily I can see how we could have drifted apart, given that we live ten and a half thousand miles from eachother.

Instead this fare would give me the chance to see him for the second time in as many years, as well as giving me the opportunity to spend a few more nights at one of my favourite city hotels in the world (and a real steal when using points): The Park Hyatt Sydney.

Opera Deluxe Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

With my Hyatt Status soon to expire and no hope of ever retaining it the normal way, I also decided to make use of one of my suite upgrades at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, rather than returning to the rather disappointing Park Hyatt just up the road.

Having previously tried Qatar’s first class on the A330 from DOH-LHR as well as a experiencing a disappointing overnight hop on the A380 from DOH-BKK, I was keen to give the Qatar First experience another try on a longer route. I was particularly enticed by the spectacular looking Al Safwa First Class lounge which had yet to open the last time I transited through DOH in F.

I was able to transfer points from my International Dollar Platinum Amex to Qatar miles and upgrade the return SYD-DOH sector for 50,000 Q miles per person. When structuring a trip it always makes sense to have a special flight to look forward to at the end, it really takes the sting out of heading back home to work 😁 

Well worth the upgrade cost on a flight that’s over 14 hours

 


The time I flew round trip to Sydney for £1080 in business class

Part 1:
Qatar Airways: Business Class – B787 – Oslo to Doha
Part 2:
Qatar Airways: Business Class – A380 – Doha to Sydney
Part 3:
Shangrila Sydney : Deluxe Grand Harbour View Room
Part 4:
Park Hyatt Sydney : Opera Deluxe Room
Part 5:
Sights and food in Sydney
Part 6:
Qantas Domestic Lounge : Sydney
Part 7:
Qantas : Business Class – A332 – Sydney to Melbourne
Part 8:
Grand Hyatt Melbourne : Grand Suite
Part 9:
Sights and food in Melbourne
Part 10:
Qantas Domestic Lounge : Melbourne
Part 11:
Qantas First Class Lounge : Sydney
Part 12:
Qatar Airways : First Class – A380 – Sydney to Doha
Part 13:
Qatar Al Safwa First Class Lounge : Doha

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7 Comments

  1. John E says:

    Hi Jarvis, when did you do this trip? I flew with them to Sydney this time last year from LHR – was it they were launching the service from Oslo?

    • JarvisMarcos says:

      Hi John,
      I took this trip two years back. I’ve only just gotten round to writing it up!
      I need to stop travelling for a while otherwise my backlog is going to get completely out of control 😂

  2. John E says:

    Ah the new you missed the QSuite LHR -DOH before the A380 and on the return. Amazing product but not as cheap as you got them for!

    I need to travel more so I have a backlog haha!

  3. Peter B says:

    These fares never originate in the US ;( and I always hate missing out on them. I’ll always reposition if I have to but damn I’m always busy when these pop up. Case in point the recent CX fares from Vietnam I actually feel heartache missing out on those.

    • JarvisMarcos says:

      When it comes to the CX fares I share your heartache 😅
      I hear you on the regularity of good deals ex EU though but I tell myself it is more than balanced by the ludicrous amount of points you guys earn with credit cards in the US 😉

  4. Etienne says:

    Wow amazing, I really want to fly in first class. Only travel in business yet! #travellikejarvis

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