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Cheap Business Class Hacked Fare Alert – Fly Australia to Europe Business Class for just over $2400

This is a hacked fare taking advantage of cheap business class fares from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to various destinations and we’ll be using Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as our stopover destination.

Here’s the background to the deal:

Qatar Airlines have an amazing Golden Ticket Sale on at the moment.

These may be mistake fares so you need to be able to jump on them sooner while they last as their business class fares are pricing out at less than their premium economy fares.

Examples of the Deals in Business Class

Flight Route (Business Class)Cost USD
Ho Chi Minh City to New York$893
Ho Chi Minh City to Paris$808
Ho Chi Minh City to Oslo$697
Qatar Airways Business Class

Qatar Airways Business Class

Here’s some examples seen through Google Flights

Ho Chi Minh City to Oslo

Ho Chi Minh City to New York

Ho Chi Minh City to New York

Ho Chi Minh City to New York

Ho Chi Minh City to Paris

Ho Chi Minh City to Paris

Ho Chi Minh City to Paris

When we have selected our desired dates and click through to the Qatar Airways website we see their Golden Ticket Sale fares – $274 USD one way in the case shown below

Ho Chi Minh City to Paris

Qatar is a great option with their class leading QSuite which is being rolled out to routes to/from London, Paris and New York which features a first class style suite in business class. It also appears from the above you would earn 8520 miles on the one way fare.

Qatar QSuite Business Class

Qatar QSuite Business Class

Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Getting to Europe or the USA from Australia

Notably UK destinations are excluded as are Australia destinations so you’d need a positioning flight to get you to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN).

Oslo is a popular gateway with people hacking travel to the UK as you avoid the UK’s high priced Air Passenger Duty that applies to premium cabins on flights departing the UK with great connections into the rest of Europe.

Paris, Charles De Gaulle Airport also has extensive connections into Europe. It’s usually cheap to fly around Europe due to the prevalence of low cost carriers such as Easyjet or combine with our guide on buying cheap avios which can be used for short flights in Europe.

Some ideas for getting to Ho Chi Minh City

You could take advantage of United Airlines Buy Mileage Offer that gets you upto 100% Bonus on Purchased Miles until 12th September 2017.

The Deal is as follows:

Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles and get a 25% bonus
Buy 20,000 – 49,000 miles and get a 50% bonus
Buy 50,000 – 75,000 miles and get a 100% bonus

United 100% bonus on buying miles

United 100% bonus on buying miles

If we look at the United Award Chart:

United Award Chart Australia to Asia

United Award Chart Australia to Asia

The last section is the one we’re interested in. We won’t actually be flying United, but their Star Alliance carrier partners.

To buy enough miles to get to Asia from Australia would require 60,000 miles return on a Saver Award on their Star Alliance Partner Airlines (e.g. Thai) in Business Class or 80,000 miles in First Class

United Buy Miles 120,000

United Buy Miles 120,000

If you were buying to redeem for two seats 120,000 miles would set you back $2257.50 USD which is AUD$2,829.03 at the time of writing (assuming you buy with a no foreign exchange credit card such as BankWest World Mastercard, Coles Platinum Mastercard or ANZ Travel Adventures Card). So the cost would be $1,414.51 per person for the miles.

We’ll need to add in taxes as well so we’ll go the the United Website and search on some routes:

Departing Melbourne September – October 2017

Availability from Melbourne September October

Availability from Melbourne September October

Departing Melbourne November – December 2017

r December Melbourne Availability

November December Melbourne Availability

Choosing our Flights

We see below there is good availability of Business Saver Awards on this route

Melbourne Detailed Availability

Melbourne Detailed Availability

Returning to Melbourne Availability

Melbourne Return Availability

Melbourne Return Availability

Trip Summary

 

The flights on Qatar as they are a paid business class ticket can also be credited to Qantas to earn the following Qantas Points and Status Credits:

Qatar Flights Status Credits Earned

Qatar Flights Status Credits Earned

14,500 Qantas Points plus 260 Status Credits.

You could also credit the miles to other OneWorld Partners. American Airlines is one of our favourites as their award charts tend to be cheaper for redemptions than Qantas.

Putting it All Together

DescriptionCost
60,000 miles for Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City (based on two buying)$1415.51
Taxes on the Business Class award redemption$136.88
Ho Chi Minh City to Oslo Business Class$873.53
Total Cost$2425.92
Typical Business Class Price$7000
Saving$4574.08
Saving (%)65%

 

So the total cost of a return business class from Melbourne, Australia to Oslo would be $2,424.93 per person with a free stopover in Ho Chi Minh City that you could use as a trip within a trip and explore Vietnam

You’ll need to act fast as these deals tend to sell out or get pulled quickly.

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