First class seats available through the Qantas Frequent Flyer program

Fly like royalty using Qantas Points

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One of the key benefits of being a Qantas Frequent Flyer member is that you can use your points to redeem first class seats with partner airlines.

All of these first class seats can be booked online through the Qantas Frequent Flyer platform. As these seats are more sought after than regular economy and business class seats, it may be harder to find available seats. The best tip to combat this is to book as early as possible. Remember that the higher your status, the more/earlier seats will be released.

Finally, note that some of the seats pictured may vary depending on the aircraft and route. Not every route will offer first class as many airlines focus on business class instead.

Without further ado, here are some of the first class seats you can book with Qantas Points:

Table of contents:

Qantas First

Qantas First Class Refurbished A380

  • Aircraft: Airbus A380
  • Routes: Sydney to Singapore, London, Dallas, Los Angeles or Hong Kong; Melbourne to Los Angeles or Singapore
  • Unique/must-do experiences: The Qantas First Lounge in Sydney and Melbourne with spa treatment
  • How many points are required:
OriginDestinationQantas Points requiredFlight length
SydneyDallas Fort Worth189,80015h 20m
Sydney/MelbourneLondon (via Singapore)216,900~23h
Sydney/MelbourneLos Angeles162,800~14h
SydneyHong Kong102,6009h 25m

Qantas first class seats are available on the airline's A380 aircraft servicing routes from Sydney and Melbourne to London as well as a number of locations in North America and Asia.

The experience starts in the world-renowned First Lounge in either Sydney or Melbourne, both of which have menus inspired by Neil Perry's Rockpool restaurant. Frequent flyer favourites include the deconstructed pavlova and the salt and pepper squid. The lounge visit also includes a 20-minute complimentary spa treatment before the flight.

Onboard, the seats have received a recent update, and the new onboard lounge for first and business classes has also been refurbished.

Qantas A380 lounge

The updated A380 onboard lounge

The onboard menu is also designed by Neil Perry and changes regularly. Past options have included caviar tartlets, porcini mushroom cannelloni, grilled kingfish, "Rockpool Bar & Grill Style" crumbed free-range pork and much more.

Qatar First Class

Qatar First Class

  • Aircraft: Airbus A380
  • Routes: Doha to and from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Bangkok, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, London or Paris
  • Unique/must-do experiences: Onboard bar, Al Safwa First Class Lounge in Doha
  • How many points are required:
OriginDestinationQantas Points requiredFlight length

Qatar Airways' A380 first class seats are overshadowed by its excellent QSuites business class seats, which are available on some of its 777 and A350 aircraft, but the A380 first class seats still offer some luxury.

The seats come with loads of legroom and space, even if they're not very private. The inflight meals and beverages are top-notch, with premium champagne served onboard.

A standout part of this experience is the onboard bar, which is widely viewed as one of the best onboard any current aircraft. The Al Safwa lounge in Doha is also a must-see lounge with grand high-ceilings and both a-la-carte and buffet dining.

Emirates First Class

Emirates First Class 777

Emirates' new first class on the 777

  • Aircraft: Airbus A380 and Boeing 777
  • Routes include: Dubai to and from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Birmingham, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Dallas, Doha, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Mauritius, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, New York, Nice, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Washington or Zurich
  • Unique/must-do experiences: Onboard bar and shower (A380 only) and caviar service
  • How many points are required:
OriginDestinationQantas Points requiredFlight length
Sydney/Melbourne/BrisbaneDubai162,800~14h 30m
Sydney/Melbourne/BrisbaneMoscow216,90022h 40m
PerthLondon/Paris189,80020h 30m
PerthMoscow162,80019h 40m

Emirates has some of the most opulent and well-known first class seats available. There are currently two versions available: the original first class seats on its A380 fleet and the new fully-enclosed "Private Suites" being rolled out on Emirates' 777 fleet.

The seats are both grand and feature typical Emirates' styling. On the A380, this also extends to the iconic onboard bar and shower. Both seats are very private and include a minibar and luxurious dining and beverage menus with caviar service and champagne.

Cathay Pacific First Class

Cathay Pacific First Class

  • Aircraft: Some Boeing 777-300ERs
  • Routes: Hong Kong to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Milan, Vancouver, Boston, Taipei, Beijing, Tokyo (Haneda), Manila, Seoul or Bangkok
  • Unique/must-do experiences: The amazing Pier and Deck lounges in Hong Kong
  • How many points are required:
OriginDestinationQantas Points requiredFlight length
Hong KongLondon149,800~13h
Hong KongLos Angeles170,800~13h
Hong KongParis149,800~13h
Hong KongNew York170,80015h 35m

Cathay Pacific's first class seats aren't as opulent as the other options on this list but still have some great features. The seats are very wide and private, and they also include a caviar service, an 18.5-inch HD screen and an Aesop amenity kit.

A first class ticket also offers access to the amazing first class Pier (and business class Deck) lounges in Hong Kong airport, which consists of The Bar, The Dining Room, day suites and The Retreat, which is a spa centre. So make sure your booking gives you enough time to enjoy these on-the-ground perks.

Japan Airlines First Class Suite

Japan Airlines First Class Suite

  • Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
  • Routes: Tokyo (Haneda) to and from San Francisco, New York, London, Paris; Tokyo (Narita) to and from Los Angeles, Chicago or New York
  • Unique/must-do experiences: Eight-course Japanese meal, sushi chef at the Sakura lounge in Tokyo Haneda airport and Teppanyaki grill at the Narita lounge
  • How many points are required:
OriginDestinationQantas Points requiredFlight length
Tokyo (Haneda)San Francisco129,3009h 20m
Tokyo (Haneda)New York149,80012h 45m
Tokyo (Haneda)London149,80012h 40m
Tokyo (Haneda)Paris149,800~13h
Tokyo (Narita)Los Angeles129,300~10h
Tokyo (Narita)Chicago149,80011h 45m
Tokyo (Narita)New York149,80012h 45m

Japan Airlines' first class suite makes up for its lack of bold styling and opulence with its standout meal service, consisting of an eight-course Japanese menu designed by Michelin-star chefs.

The seats have brown leather and wood styling, with Bose noise-cancelling headphones provided to every passenger and a 23-inch touchscreen for entertainment.

The lounge options if leaving Tokyo are also world-class, with the Narita lounge having a sushi chef and the Haneda lounge having a teppanyaki grill.

Read our review of Japan Airlines' first class seat

British Airways First Class

British Airways 787-9 First Class

British Airways 787-9 First Class

  • Aircraft: Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9s, 777s and 747s
  • Routes include: London Heathrow to and from Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, New York (JFK), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Sao Paulo, Santiago or Johannesburg.
  • Unique/must-do experiences: The First Wing (London Heathrow) and The Concorde Room (London Heathrow and JFK)
  • How many points are required:
OriginDestinationQantas Points requiredFlight length
Sydney/MelbourneLondon (Heathrow) via Singapore227,500~23h
London (Heathrow)Dubai89,800~7h
London (Heathrow)New York (JFK)89,800~8h
London (Heathrow)Johannesburg129,300~11h
London (Heathrow)Los Angeles129,300~11h
London (Heathrow)Hong Kong149,800~12h

British Airways' first class seats run on a number of aircraft, including the A380 and 777. There are also updated seats on the 787-9 aircraft.

First class on British Airways isn't as flashy as the first class seats on Emirates or (non-Qantas partner) Singapore Airlines, but there are still premium food and beverages offered.

In addition to the onboard experience, British Airways also offers The First Wing at Heathrow airport. This is a dedicated check-in and security screening area for first class passengers and high status flyers. There's also the exclusive Concorde Room lounge in both Heathrow and JFK airports.

Read our review of British Airways' 777 First Class seat

How to book first class seats online through the Qantas Frequent Flyer website

You can book these first class seats through the Qantas Frequent Flyer program online.

Just decide on what seat and route you want to book, and then log in to your frequent flyer account on the Qantas website.

  1. First select "Use Points" in the first part of the search form
  2. Next specify your origin and destination cities.
  3. Next set your dates. Select "Flexible with dates" so that you can see nearby date options if your first option isn't available.
  4. Specify the number of passengers
  5. Once the search results page comes up, select "First" in the checkbox area and click the "Go" button
  6. You'll then be presented with a calendar showing options. Pick a date you're happy with and click "continue"
  7. You'll then be shown a list of the flight options for that day. This will show you the airline, the route and the aircraft being used for the flight. This is important as not every first class seat is the same for each aircraft in an airline's fleet. Click "continue" once you've picked the flight you're looking for.
  8. You'll then be shown the total including fees and charges, and you can then finalise the booking.

Compare Qantas Points earning credit cards

Many credit card offers earn Qantas Points for purchases, and some even offer a large amount of Qantas points as a sign-up bonus. These can help when trying to book a first class flight with Qantas Points. You can compare options below.

Name Product Bonus points Rewards program Rewards points per $ spent Purchase rate Annual fee
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
19.99% p.a.
$295 annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 110,000 bonus Qantas Points (90,000 when you spend $3,000 in the first 60 days and 20k after 12 months).
Citi Premier Qantas Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
21.49% p.a.
$175 annual fee for the first year ($350 p.a. thereafter)
Get 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement, a first-year annual fee discount and complimentary travel perks.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas
Qantas Frequent Flyer
19.74% p.a.
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points, plus enjoy 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 15 months with a 1% BT fee.
Qantas Premier Platinum
Qantas Frequent Flyer
19.99% p.a.
$225 annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend at least $4,000 within the first 3 months, 80 bonus Status Credits on eligible spend, plus a discounted $225 first-year annual fee.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
Qantas Frequent Flyer
20.24% p.a.
Collect 120,000 bonus Qantas Points and $200 back when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, complimentary lounge passes.
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
19.99% p.a.
Earn 65,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,500 on everyday purchases within the first 60 days.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum - Qantas
Qantas Frequent Flyer
19.74% p.a.
Get 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Qantas
Qantas Frequent Flyer
20.49% p.a.
$149 annual fee for the first year ($200 p.a. thereafter)
Get 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days. Plus, a first-year annual fee discount and a 0% balance transfer offer.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
20.74% p.a.
Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year.
BankSA Amplify Platinum - Qantas
Qantas Frequent Flyer
19.74% p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days from card approval.
NAB Qantas Business Signature Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
18.5% p.a.
Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points and earn points on everyday business purchases (including ATO payments). Up to 44 days interest-free. ABN required.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
20.74% p.a.
Enjoy 30,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year and the protection of complimentary insurance covers.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
Qantas Business Rewards
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. 150,000 bonus Qantas Points and a $450 Qantas Flight Voucher when you spend $3,000 within the first 2 months. Ends 30 June 2021.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
20.74% p.a.
Earn 0.75 Qantas Points for your everyday purchases, uncapped, and pay $0 annual fee for the life of the card on this no-frills frequent flyer card.
Suncorp Clear Options Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
Suncorp Bank Rewards Program
20.74% p.a.
$64 annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Finder Exclusive
Receive a 0% balance transfer rate for 24 months and a reduced first-year annual fee. Plus, 25,000 bonus Suncorp Credit Card Rewards Points.

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First class flying experiences are very attainable with the right number of Qantas Points and some forward planning. Read our first class flight reviews for more information about what is worth the points.

Images: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Emirates, Enoch Foong, Mehron M, Shutterstock

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