Find Reward Seats on Business Class
Flying business class is an experience you will love. It’s even better when you’ve paid for everything using your points. The seats are better, the food is better, and the service is better, and there are many small touches to make your journey more pleasant. I will show you how you can find reward seats in business class. Unfortunately, they are harder to find than economy class tickets. Still, when you see them, they represent better value compared to the cash price, although you should watch the taxes with some airlines as often they can be exorbitant. You can find those reward seats more easily once you’ve learnt some of my tricks.
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Which seats should you book
Not every business class seat is equal. There are some airlines where using the extra points are worth it such as the excellent Qatar Airways QSuite pictured above. At the same time there are some below-par business class products, the most infamous being Emirates’ 777 Business Class which is thankfully slowly being updated (pictured below). Another example is Qantas with their trans-Tasman service that is usually either in an A330 (with lie-flat seats) or a Boeing 737 with the same seats as domestic business class. For this reason, it’s worth looking at which product you are booking before you do. This is by no means 100% guaranteed if you are booking in advance as airlines can change the plane they’re operating at short notice. A great resource for trying to see what plane and seat you will get is SeatGuru. This will help you make a decision on whether the points are worth it.
Be flexible when looking for reward seats
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Additional tips to find your seat
- Book as early as possible. This means you’re more likely to find business class seats available to redeem directly to your destination and avoids the hassle of booking multiple flights and needing extended layovers. Given points bookings are flexible they can be cancelled or changed quite easily if you later find out the dates don’t work for you.
- Consider flying economy for the shorter leg of the flight. If you can find a business class seat on a long part of a flight for example Sydney to Dubai, consider flying economy for the shorter leg to your destination e.g. Dubai to London. You’ll still get many of the business class benefits like a good meal, good nights rest and lounge access for some or, depending on the airline, all of you flight.
- Consider destinations near your final destination. If you’re trying to fly to London, look for flights to other parts of Europe. Typically Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Milan tend to have many reward seats available. From here it’s only a short plane or train ride to London which can be had for £50-100
- Use a different booking engine. Airlines such as Qantas have a habit of not showing all available reward seats on their booking engine. If you use another Oneworld alliance member’s search (such as British Airways) to search for reward flights you might find availability you couldn’t see on Qantas’ site. Then it’s a small matter of ringing Qantas and asking them to book those flights for you