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How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Sydney

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When it comes to using miles for an aspirational trip, Sydney is one of the destinations readers ask about most. Everyone seems to want to use their miles to get to Australia, so as a follow up to his post on strategies for getting to Tokyo using miles. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a handy guide for using miles to visit Sydney. Here are his tips.

Sydney is one of readers’ top all-time destinations, and it’s easier to get there using miles than you might think.

Mileage and Partner Information Table

I’ll get into the specifics of each airline, mileage/points program, and where to search for awards below. But if you just want a quick hit of pertinent information,

the table below shows the various miles and points you can use to get to Sydney, along with the airline and transfer partners for each program.

This guide doesn’t include every possible option. Instead, it lists the best ways to get from the US to Sydney for most US flyers. While that includes some routings via Auckland, Brisbane and Melbourne, it doesn’t include flights via Asia. Some of those awards do price out the same if you continue to the South Pacific, but for clarity, I stuck to the most direct routings and most likely airlines for a trip from the US to Sydney. This guide also doesn’t list every mileage program — for instance, you cannot join Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program as a US resident — but I’ve included the major programs that flyers are likely to use.

Finally, the awards are quoted based on flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, so if you’re coming from elsewhere, your mileage requirements might vary.

Transfer and Airline Partners

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