New Qantas routes: Which ones have the best points deals?

Posted: 28 March 2022 3:30 pm
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From Dallas to Darwin, here are all the new points sweet spots.

Qantas announced half-a-dozen new routes today, so I did what any frequent flyer addict would do: I calculated which one offered the most bang for bucks with reward flights.

Qantas has 5 new domestic routes commencing this week (strictly speaking, the Uluru route started yesterday, but we'll allow it):

  • Sydney-Uluru
  • Adelaide-Newcastle
  • Brisbane-Wagga Wagga
  • Darwin-Townsville
  • Darwin-Cairns

Good news if you live in any of those cities and want to avoid a multi-hop flight.

Qantas also announced that in November, it will begin direct flights between Melbourne and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. DFW is a much better hub for connections than Los Angeles, so that's also good news.

But which of these new routes is the best value for frequent flyers? To work that out, I've listed out the number of points you need for a one-way Classic Rewards flight on each route, plus the typical price you'll pay for that ticket. (You might pay less during a sale or more last-minute, of course. But these are reliable broad yardsticks.)

My goal when using points is always to get at least $20 in value for every 1,000 Qantas Points I spend. I'm happy to report that every one of the new routes hits that mark.

RoutePointsCostValue/1,000
Melbourne-Dallas51,200$1,700.00$33.20
Melbourne-Dallas business126,500$7,500.00$59.29
Adelaide-Newcastle12,000$300.00$25.00
Adelaide-Newcastle business27,600$900.00$32.61
Brisbane-Wagga Wagga12,000$310.00$25.83
Darwin-Townsville12,000$330.00$27.50
Darwin-Townsville business27,600$750.00$27.17
Darwin-Cairns12,000$310.00$25.83
Darwin-Cairns business27,600$1,100.00$39.86
Sydney-Uluru18,000$380.00$21.11
Sydney-Uluru business41,500$1,800.00$43.37

As usual, Business seats usually offer the most value, but remember that those are also much harder to book. And that isn't an absolute rule either: Darwin-Townsville Business isn't any better value than Economy at typical prices.

My point is that even the Economy routes here offer solid value. If you're looking to spend a pandemic accumulation of points, there are some interesting options. And yeah, I'll probably be trying 1 or 2 out, simply because they're there. And also who doesn't want to fly Business to Uluru if they get the chance?

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Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more.

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