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Qantas/Emirates Economy Return to Bangkok from SYD (Direct) $599

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Product:
Qantas A330 (great for pairs) scheduled Sydney outbound departures at 9:50AM arriving at 4:40PM.
Emirates A380 (larger plane, subjectively quieter) scheduled outbound Sydney departures at 6:30PM arriving at 12:55AM the next day.
Both have overnight inbound flights.
In my opinion, best option would be taking the Qantas to Bangkok, then the Emirates on the return.

Pricing:
Likely cheaper if you book from an online travel agent as mentioned https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/313340.
OTA's have a mixed bag of opinions, but I have tried https://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/price-promise/global/... once and it worked out fine for me.

Low season dates:
1 Aug - 8 Sep 2017
23 Oct - 18 Nov 2017
20 Feb - 21 Mar 2018

Other cities, around the same price, connecting in Sydney:
MEL
https://www.qantas.com/au/en/flight-deals/city-pairs.html/me...
BNE
https://www.qantas.com/au/en/flight-deals/city-pairs.html/me...
ADL
https://www.qantas.com/au/en/flight-deals/city-pairs.html/ad...

Points Analysis:
2,600 Qantas Points and 30 Status Credits each way for Sydney departures.
5,200 Qantas Points and 60 Status Credits for the return from Sydney.
+1,600 Qantas Points and +20 Status Credits roundtrip if departing from MEL/BNE/ADL, due to the domestic connection to Sydney.
Calculated under: https://www.qantas.com/fflyer/do/dyns/initialPointsEarned
+1,000 Qantas Points if you take the punt on Qantas' Price Promise.

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closed Comments

  • Just priced up from CBR and it's only $664 return as well which is a bargain.

  • Thanks for including the status credit calculations

  • Emirates 8% off code EKTNZ17, not sure if it can be used.

  • Which one is better A330 or A380?

    • Seating on the A330 is a 2-4-2 arrangement, so pairs and quad-sized families can have a nicer experience compared to the 3-4-3 seating on an A380.
      However, you may be one of the lucky ones who can nab the upper-deck of the A380, which should be quieter and seats are placed in the 2-4-2 arrangement too.
      Additionally, the A380 is a Sydney-Bangkok-Dubai flight, not sure why Emirates bothers with this because they and Qantas do direct to Dubai too. It may mean, less people on board, and more chances of getting a whole row to yourself.
      I mentioned the times, because the A380 departing Sydney lands in Bangkok at an ungodly hour.