Time To Cash In American Airlines (or Other Qantas Partner) Miles to Australia?

Posted this afternoon in Flyertalk’s Qantas forum

I’ve been monitoring award availability for SFO/LAX to SYD/MEL/BNE for the past few months. I’ve NEVER seen more than a few scattered F/C award seats available. However, in the past few days, QF has opened up tons of F/C award seats from the US to Australia and vice versa, from now until Feb. Most dates in November and December have some F/C award seats available. Some even work for Xmas travel (though not the absolute peak season dates of course). Is this normal? In the past, I haven’t seen last minute award availability as being significantly better than far in advance availability.

The post even notes seeing a first class award seat on Qantas’ A380, so consider spending those miles…

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