Finding Available Qantas Business Classic Rewards Seats on Emirates - Any tricks?

By PG44 | Feb 15, 2019, 11:39 AM
Hi There,
Looking to fly:
MEL - SFO (premium economy classic reward) - late Aug
SFO - LIS - (not fussed, might purchase economy ticket) - late Aug
LIS - DXB - MEL (Business classic reward) - Early Sep

Booking the MEL-SFO premium economy award seems to just be a matter of playing around with the dates to find a quiet day, or transiting through Sydney.

However, I am coming up blank with trying to find a classic reward seat on the Emirates flight back.

Lisbon to Dubai leg is easy, as this is not a popular route, even on the 777 there seems to be availability for Business Classic rewards.
But - the problem is always the EK408 flight back from DXB to MEL - I can NEVER find availability. DXB to Sydney or Brisbane or Adelaide doesnt look much better.

I am only QF Silver - Is it likely that a Gold member would have access to classic rewards on these dates?
When I look on expert flyer, for example on 12 Sep, it looks like EK408 has free seats in business ( I know that doesnt mean there are reward seats available.. but still, it makes me wonder).

I am just wondering - is there any trick I am missing out on, in order to access a Classic Reward on Emirates?
Are there any travel agents who could help me gain access to classic reward seats?
Are there ways to get access to reward seats only open to Gold/Platinum?

I fly to Lisbon semi regularly, usually in European summer, and Emirates is by far and away the most direct option for Portugal. I can never seem to win when it comes to Emirates rewards! I know that European summer is the peak period, and people recommend booking a year in advance, but my plans are never that flexible.
I really like Qantas FF and one world access, but the lack of rewards on Dubai to Australia is killing me....
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By Lps988 | Feb 15, 2019, 12:26 PM

I’ve found the exact same issue when booking my wife and I our European escape coming up in June. We wanted to transit through DBX on our way to Amsterdam. We booked it around late September but having said that we were on QF’s website everyday looking at what they released.


Neither of us are any frequent flyer status of note (ie bronze) so that would have put us on the back foot to begin with and I had heard that Emirates were reducing their reward seats to QF but not 100% how true that is/was.


I was particularly surprised at the lack of seats given emirates flies out of Syd 2-3 times a day. In the end we used our points successfully to get all the way to Amsterdam via DBX in J class HOWEVER we have to go via Manilla as another stopover but I believe it ended up being 1-2k fewer points in totality. It is a slight inconvenience but at the end of the day its still not a bad outcome as we’re going over there for 10 weeks so a night stopover isn’t the worst.


So if you’re not lucky getting on EK408 you may have to go via another port, not ideal but it’s the individuals choice. Im a plane nerd so I didn’t mind the extra leg and gives us a chance to experience three different J classes (QF A330, EK 777, EK A380).


We ended up trying 1001 combinations working backwards to get Business Rewards by working out where say Qantas and Emirates meet at a halfway point hence the SYD-MAN-DBX. Places of note we tried were, Singapore, HK, Seoul, Bangkok, to name a few.


Whether or not this was the best strategy, it worked for us and that’s at a Bronze level.


Good luck

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By anonymous | Feb 15, 2019, 12:53 PM
Check availability every day. Seat availability comes and goes and you might just get lucky.

It costs the same number of points if you combine Emirates and Qantas so check routes via Asia and to/from all airports in Australia.

Yes it will be extremely time consuming for potentially no return but it is what it is.

Qantas status does not free up more seats on Emirates.
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By PG44 | Feb 15, 2019, 01:03 PM
Check availability every day. Seat availability comes and goes and you might just get lucky.

It costs the same number of points if you combine Emirates and Qantas so check routes via Asia and to/from all airports in Australia.

Yes it will be extremely time consuming for potentially no return but it is what it is.

Qantas status does not free up more seats on Emirates.

Thanks anonymous, that's good to know that I am not missing anything. Makes the decision making easier.
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By PG44 | Feb 15, 2019, 01:06 PM
Thanks Lps988.
Sounds like good advice.
It's disappointing, as the one advantage Emirates has is their direct route which saves time. If I have to start searching through all the flights with stopoffs in Asia, then it defeats the purpose. May as well fly Singapore.
Anyway I appreciate hearing your experience, good to know

Last edited by PG44 at Feb 15, 2019, 01.07 PM.
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By ForeverSilver | Feb 15, 2019, 02:41 PM
Check availability every day. Seat availability comes and goes and you might just get lucky.

It costs the same number of points if you combine Emirates and Qantas so check routes via Asia and to/from all airports in Australia.

Yes it will be extremely time consuming for potentially no return but it is what it is.

Qantas status does not free up more seats on Emirates.

Can attest to this strategy - fluffing about with different cities in Asia given that reward seats will almost always fluctuate on a weekly if not daily basis will yield something.
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By thelongroad | Feb 15, 2019, 03:24 PM
Doesn't hurt to check every day.. EK availability does come and go, so you might get lucky. I once snagged 2x J SYD-DXB on Boxing Day about 6 weeks before.
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By AnthonySyudney | Feb 15, 2019, 03:51 PM
The reason why you can not find any Emirates seats is the as of April 2019 Emirates no longer have flights out of Sydney
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By travelalot | Feb 15, 2019, 04:15 PM
Welcome to j class availability with QFFF. Basically it sucks. Lots of opportunity to earn points but trying to redeem them is very, very difficult.
Last edited by travelalot at Feb 15, 2019, 08.09 PM.
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By evilbrian | Feb 15, 2019, 04:31 PM
The reason why you can not find any Emirates seats is the as of April 2019 Emirates no longer have flights out of Sydney

Not sure how you came to that conclusion but there are 3 EK flights per day out of Sydney, reducing to 2 when the BKK service is killed off
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By jgb59 | Feb 16, 2019, 01:35 AM
I have had a lot of success booking Emirates J as a multi city trip like EUROPE-DXB-ASIAN CITY-BNE OR SYDNEY on Emirates or Qantas and as long as you have stopovers of less than 24 hours the points are the same as a one stop flight
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By patrickk | Feb 16, 2019, 08:56 AM
The reason why you can not find any Emirates seats is the as of April 2019 Emirates no longer have flights out of Sydney

There is no shortage of Emirates flights out of Sydney I am on the evening one myself in April.
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By eminere | Feb 16, 2019, 08:18 PM
The reason why you can not find any Emirates seats is the as of April 2019 Emirates no longer have flights out of Sydney

LOL what rubbish.
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By PG44 | Feb 17, 2019, 10:24 PM
I have had a lot of success booking Emirates J as a multi city trip like EUROPE-DXB-ASIAN CITY-BNE OR SYDNEY on Emirates or Qantas and as long as you have stopovers of less than 24 hours the points are the same as a one stop flight

Thanks jgb59
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