Planning a holiday is fun, but can also get quite stressful when having to take external things into account. Planning ahead for anything is good sense- planning ahead for a Business or First Class Award flight is a must.
Realistically, looking a year into the future isn’t a bad idea if you’re planning to book something spectacular, like First or Business to Europe or the USA.
Start looking at flights that are 8-12 months in the future and see if you can get what you want, and if it marries up with how much you expect to spend, both in points and cash. Many airlines have quite a marked difference in fees and taxes, so that needs to be taken into account as well.
As an example, I kept an eye on flights for around 3 months before I finally jumped in to book our next adventure to Europe. It was booked 8 months in advance, and within a few weeks of booking, there was limited availability left for the routes we wanted, so our forward planning definitely paid off.
Earning Points: First Principles
- Getting Started with Frequent Flyer programs
- Earning by Flying
- Buying points and miles
- Earning from Credit Cards
- Earning from Offers & Partners
- Earning and Using Points – First Principles
Using Points: First Principles
- Who, What, When, Where and How?
- Flexible Points Programs
- Maximising Points value
- Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia Key Partners
- Searching for points seats