Qantas triple points offer: All the details
Our pick of the best routes to maximise the deal.
Qantas Frequent Flyer is offering triple the usual points earn on domestic flights, part of a series of moves it hopes will entice frequent flyers out of their loungerooms and back into airports.
Any new bookings for Qantas domestic flights between 27 June and 31 October 2020 are eligible for the triple points offer. So an economy flight from Sydney to Melbourne, which normally earns 800 Qantas Points, would score 2,400 Qantas Points. You have to register online to get the bonus, and you have to book before midnight on 24 June 2020.
The highest earning flights domestically are those from the east to the west coast. Those aren't yet an option, as Western Australia is still closed off to visitors from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. However, that may well have changed by the time the offer eligiblity finishes in October, and if it doesn't you can change the booking without paying a change fee (though any fare difference will still apply).
Similar restrictions apply to Queensland, which is maintaining a closed borders policy for now. Once that changes, flights to Cairns and Townsville will also be an appealing choice.
It's a deal somewhat driven by necessity. Qantas has paused all international flights until at least mid-October, other than for New Zealand (assuming the much-discussed travel bubble comes to pass). International flights offer the biggest points-earning opportunities, so with those off the table, it makes sense to increase the appeal of flying domestically.
The bonus points might also entice customers to spend the travel credits they've piled up from flights cancelled during the coronavirus pandemic. Qantas recently changed its rules so credits can be used for bookings until the end of 2022, and can be spread across multiple flights.
If you're just after a cheap flight, Qantas subsidiary Jetstar is offering $19 fares on some routes.
Domestic air travel is slowly on the rise, though still way below pre-pandemic levels. Qantas says it has seen 64,000 domestic passengers across its network in the last week, which is double the previous week.
Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears regularly on Finder. This column was updated from an earlier version to correct an error in the points total.
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