Background My partner and I wanted to take my parents + brother overseas for Christmas 2011. We chose Bangkok and Bali due to the availability of *A awards through SQ and to take advantage of cheap fares offered on VA for the return leg. We would travel SYD-BKK-DPS on TG and DPS-SYD on VA My parents would travel BNE-BKK-DPS on TG and DPS-BNE on VA We booked the trip about four weeks out from Departure, so it was great to be able to secure the flights on points (though – SQ/TG fuel surcharges were epic in cost, typical). In July 2011 I went to HKG with Thai, on the same aircraft config (A340-600, A330). That trip report is here.