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Life Changing Hacks For Using Airline Miles To Travel To Australia

By: Mary Briscoe Categories: Airline Miles

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Australia is on the bucket list of many travelers because its beauty and rawness are famous all over the world. However, it can be a little difficult to plan a trip to Australia because it can be a little expensive, especially if you’re flying with family. Having traveled to Australia thrice now, I won’t pretend and say it was easy the first time around. From all the trail and error created hacks that helped my next two trips become easy, breezy and oh, so light on the pocket. My airfare shrunk because I decided to buy miles the second time around, but we’ll talk in more detail about that in all the travel hacks given below.

Read: Life Changing Travel Hacks For Frequent Flyers

1. Start Browsing For Airline Tickets Early

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It is possible to get airline tickets to Australia at the last minute, but this practice is a big no, no if you want to save some money. Airlines start selling their tickets almost a year in advance, which gives you ample time to choose an airline and book the ticket. If you want to save money on your airline ticket, you need to act fast (and as early as possible). Start browsing for tickets at least six weeks in advance, because this is when the price of the airline tickets is at its lowest. As the date of departure looms nearer, the airfare starts increasing.

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2. There Is An Award Seat Out There For You, Just Keep Trying

Airlines are very cunning when it comes to their award seats because they don’t release them along with their normal tickets. If you want to book an award seat then you’ll need to keep checking the website again and again. If all the reward seats are booked, there is a chance that the airline might release more, or someone who has already booked one might cancel his and leave their seat open.

Read: Smart Hacks When You Fly With British Airways

You also have the option of upgrading the seat that you paid for with your airline miles. if a couple of business or first class seats are empty closer to the date of departure, the airlines either lower the price or give an option to upgrade with miles. Now, if you don’t have enough airline miles there is a tried and tested shortly that you can use. Keep on reading to find out.

Read: Air Miles: 7 Booking Mistakes That Will Cost You Money

3. A Tried & Tested Shortcut To Snagging Award Seats

This is something that has not only been tried and tested by me but a lot of other travel experts as well. A lot of frequent flyers who are short of airline miles prefer to buy miles, rather than purchase a full priced ticket. The Mileage Club offers the lowest rates (sometimes 50% off) on your favorite airline. So if you want to buy miles at the lowest possible price, you’ll end up saving on either your ticket or will (finally) be able to snag the much-coveted award seat before it disappears again.

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"The frequent flyer scheme has become as much part of the business traveler's life as a mobile phone or a passport. Indeed, when they were launched twenty-five years ago, air miles promised to be the passport to riches for those flyer loyal and busy enough to earn them."
"For the average traveler, that means buying miles or points in order to reach a threshold for an award ticket. Most airline charge 3 to 5 cents per miles."
"There is a group of traveler junkies so obsessed with racking up frequently flier miles, they scour the internet for deals that take them through little known airports."

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