Premium cabin award space to Australia exists! Not on Star Alliance and Sky Team will send you via China or Korea (I couldn't find one day with space on Virgin Australia), but oneworld has direct space on Qantas. There isn't much, but a few days a month have a business class seat and first class space is available once every month or two. It's worth planning a trip around space availability to not go in coach or via Asia.
|Great Program to Fly Qantas|
The AAdvantage award chart to Australia / New Zealand is very good value. Almost too good. I wouldn't be surprised if prices are raised soon actually. One way in business class is 62,500 and first is 72,500 miles. Delta charges 80,000 miles for business class and United and Air New Zealand don't have premium cabin space, so their quoted fare is meaningless. Book a ticket while you can. American also permits members to hold award tickets for free, so place the flight on hold while you assemble the rest of your trip to go with the premium cabin leg.
|Going to Australia? Going Coach.|