Award travel between the US and Australia is notoriously one of the most difficult routes to book—especially with OneWorld using American Airlines miles. AA’s restrictive routing rules and delayed award availability compared to other partners makes it a challenge to redeem on any of the Qantas operated direct US-Australia flights.
We have previously covered a neat trick that would let you “hold” seats. The trick doesn’t require you to have miles with any program and effectively gives you earlier access to Qantas’ award seats, allowing you to stall until AA opens it schedule.
Well, it looks like Qantas is boosting its flight from Dallas Fort-Worth to Sydney. The flight currently operates on all days of the week except Tuesday (6 times a week), but for the 2015 – 2016 holiday season, they’ll increase to a daily service (December 8 to January 19). Qantas did this last year as well, a few months after they began flying the A380 to Dallas.
As of this writing, ExpertFlyer is not showing the flights, though they are bookable (in cash) through Qantas’s website. We don’t know what the award availability will look like (no seats are currently open), but let’s hope for the best. If you missed the bus on Qantas awards over the holidays, keep monitoring the availability and you just might get lucky!