I have an upcoming trip to Australia and while I’m there I plan to hop around cities. I’m going from Sydney to Alice Springs to Perth and then back to Sydney.
Of course, driving was not really an option. Driving on the left side of the road will most definitely put others in danger and I rather not get into an accident in a foreign country. Driving is also too time consuming. Paying, in cash, for the above mentioned flights would cost around $900 USD.
So, I used my American Airlines AAdvantage miles to fly domestically within Australia. Flights within Australia, Europe and parts of Africa are cheaper than flying domestically in the U.S. using AAdvantage miles. However, remember that British Airways and Iberia impose silly fuel surcharges to award flights, though the surcharge isn’t so bad within Europe.
There’s almost always some sort of availability on these flights too, even just a couple of weeks out.
I’m flying Business from Sydney to Alice Springs and from Perth to Sydney. From Alice Springs to Perth I’ll be flying coach because it’s a Qantaslink flight, which is the Qantas equivalent to American’s American Eagle carrier.
The total for my Aussie domestic trip: 45,000 miles and $56 USD. With the Citi AAdvantage credit card 10% rebate it ended up being 40,500 miles and $56 USD.
I was thinking of using miles again between Johannesburg and Cape Town this upcoming summer but the British Airways fees were almost as much as paying for the flight, so I just paid for it and saved those miles.
Have you used miles for these sorts of trips? Thoughts on their use?