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How much is 1 Qantas Point worth?

We've calculated exactly how much your Qantas Points are worth and the most cost-effective rewards to redeem them for.

The best part of belonging to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is that you get to redeem your hard-earned Qantas Points for rewards. The gamut of goodies on offer to members has grown over the years, and now you can redeem your points for literally anything travel-related as well as 8,000+ products and gifts cards available in the Qantas Store.

Your Qantas Points can get you a variety of rewards, including homeware, tech toys, car rentals, fine wine, gold class movie tickets and first class air ticket upgrades. However, not all redemptions are equal.

How much is a Qantas Point worth?

We've crunched the numbers to show just how much value you can get from your points. In the table below, we've shown the points you need for a range of flight options and their typical average dollar value as well as items you can purchase from the Rewards Store. (All calculations are based on June 2018 prices. Points values for purchasing flights are for Classic Flight rewards.)

We've quoted the value here based on how much you get per 1,000 points. There are two reasons for this: the math is easier to follow, and most redemptions require thousands of points anyway. Click at the top of any column to sort.

Purchase Qantas Points Cost Value/1,000 points
Sydney to Perth (Economy) return 36,000 $533 $14.80
Sydney to Melbourne (Economy) return 16,000 $321 $20.10
Melbourne to Brisbane (Economy) return 24,000 $321 $13.40
Sydney to Perth (Business) return 72,000 $2,600 $36.10
Sydney to Melbourne (Business) return 32,000 $998 $31.20
Melbourne to Brisbane (Brisbane) return 48,000 $1,200 $25.00
Sydney to Perth return, upgrade from Economy to Business (2018) 50,000 $2,067 $41.30
Sydney to Los Angeles return (Economy) 90,000 $1,503 $16.70
Sydney to Los Angeles return (Premium Economy) 144,000 $5,096 $35.40
Sydney to Los Angeles return (Business) 192,000 $10,416 $54.30
Sydney to Los Angeles return (First) 288,000 $16,926 $58.80
Sydney to Los Angeles return (Economy to Premium upgrade) 113,000 $3,592 $31.80
Sydney to Los Angeles return (Economy to Business upgrade) 180,000 $8,913 $49.50
Sydney to Los Angeles return (Premium to Business upgrade) 90,000 $5,321 $59.10
Sydney to Los Angeles return (Business to First upgrade) 101,500 $6,510 $64.10
iPhone X 256GB 281,110 $1,829 $6.51
David Jones Gift Card 16,530 $100 $6.05
KitchenAid KSM170 Stand Mixer 149,450 $929 $6.22
Village Gold Class Adult Ticket x2 11,110 $57 $5.09
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute 164,690 $999 $6.07
DeLonghi Lattissima Pro 149,450 $539 $3.61
Samsung 40L Microwave (White) 62,260 $199 $3.20

Which rewards offer me the best value for my money?

There's a really simple rule you can follow when redeeming Qantas Points:

THE POINTS FINDER RULE

When redeeming points, make sure you get at least $20 of value for every 1,000 Qantas Points you spend.

As the table shows, the best value comes from upgrades, followed by business class flights, followed by economy flights, followed by store purchases. Two extreme examples: using your points for an upgrade from business to first can score you $64 in value per 1,000 Qantas Points, while buying a microwave gets you just $3.19 in value for the same number of points. At that rate, you might be better off buying the item with cash with your credit card and collecting more Qantas Points on the purchase.

Bear in mind that the highest-value rewards are also the hardest to attain. Qantas typically only releases a handful of first- and business-class international seats that can be purchased with points, and these are often snapped up by high-status flyers. An economy domestic flight can still represent good value, especially if you use points to book a flight during peak periods (such as Friday afternoons or during school holidays).

For instance, we've calculated the value of points for a Sydney to Melbourne flight based on a $321 return fare. During peak periods, you could easily pay that much in each direction, so a rewards flight would be worth much more.

Complete guide to using Qantas Frequent Flyer points

How can I get the most value from my Qantas Points?

  • Classic flight rewards

Classic flight rewards are the cheapest flight rewards you can redeem with Qantas Points. There are special conditions attached to these flights that you should be aware of, including the fact that you have to pay taxes, fees and carrier charges in cash, and the fact that you cannot earn Qantas Points or status credits on these flights. Also, only a limited number of seats are available for this class of redemptions, and some flights don't even offer seats for classic flight rewards redemptions. This means you have to book early if you want to redeem a classic flight reward.

  • Do your research and do the math

While the general rule that "upgrades beat flights beat store purchases" is a useful guide, you should always check values carefully. You might miss out on getting the best value for your points if you head straight for flight redemptions and automatically pass over on the other available rewards that are actually on your "to-buy" list.

If the Qantas Store stocks items that you already need or want to purchase, there's no harm researching how much they cost in Qantas Points and comparing that to retail dollars. The way to calculate the value of a Qantas Point is by dividing the item's retail/dollar cost by the number of Qantas Points you'd need to buy the item. This easy step will help you get the most value out of your points.

  • Points Plus Pay

Qantas also allows you to supplement your points with cash when purchasing an item. This option is available for flights, hotel stays and goods at the Qantas Store. The minimum number of points you can use on a flight is 5,000, so you must have at least 5,000 points in your account if you want to pay the difference with cash.

This scheme rarely works in your favour though and is not designed to be a sly way to stretch your Qantas Points. You'd only want to use this if you're genuinely short of points for a purchase.

While your Qantas Points are designed to reward you, they can feel like a burden if they're not worth the price you're paying to get them. Weighing up their value also means you have to factor in the cost of your Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card because those points become more expensive to earn if you're paying a high yearly premium for the card. So make sure you're using the right card, and make sure you're redeeming the right rewards.

Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is an editor at finder.com.au who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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    davidJune 15, 2018

    how much is 1,000,000 quantas points and where can I fly to return from Auckland and accommodation as well.

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      ArnoldJune 16, 2018

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      The value of a Qantas point will depend on the reward you are redeeming. You can book your flight to Auckland and book a hotel room using your Qantas points by clicking on this link. Please select the corresponding category to book flights and hotel accommodation. The required points will be displayed upon selecting your booking preference.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    DawnMarch 23, 2018

    I have had Qantas frequent flyer points stolen. I am reporting it and am being asked the value. I’m finding it hard to assess that. Could you please tell me what 15,300 points are worth in money value? I just need them restored. Thanks.

    • finder Customer Care
      MayMarch 26, 2018Staff

      Hi Dawn,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Qantas Points cannot be converted to or exchanged for money. Although on the average, one Qantas point is worth 0.76 cents, which you can use to redeem for flights, hotel accommodation and shopping deals. If you think you’re having problems with your Qantas Points, please get in touch Qantas customer support team directly.

      Cheers,
      May

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    BrianJuly 10, 2017

    Hi why does it cost qantas 32,000 points to fly to Armidale, yet only 48,000 points to fly to Phuket? It used to be 8,000 points for a domestic flight?
    Thanks
    Brian

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      JonathanJuly 12, 2017

      Hi Brian!

      Thanks for the inquiry!

      It is hard for me to assess your claim because we don’t know your flight origin. However, your points usage would usually depend on the trip, booking dates, add-ons such as baggage, and your destination.

      Based on our page, we still have 8,000 points as the lowest among the domestic flights.

      You can inquire this matter with Qantas for further verification.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    JonoApril 17, 2017

    I am confused with changes in credit cards,I had Amex with ANZ and they are cancelling Amex from August so have shopped around an it is going to cost me $249 PA for a card that I will probably earn about 24000 Qantas F/F points.
    Is it worth it?

    • finder Customer Care
      HaroldApril 18, 2017Staff

      Hi Jono,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Unfortunately, we cannot recommend what is worth for you. Our company finder.com.au is a financial comparison website and general information service designed to help consumers to make a better decision. Please note we do not represent any company we feature on our pages.

      It would be nice if you can directly coordinate with the provider the current issue you are experiencing.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    SarkonMarch 29, 2017

    How many frequent flyer is needed to redeem flight Sydney to Phuket return flight

    • finder Customer Care
      LouMarch 29, 2017Staff

      Hi Sarkon,

      Thanks for your question.

      You need the following points to redeem a flight from Sydney to Phuket return:
      Economy – 48,000 Qantas points
      Business – 96,000 Qantas points

      You may also use this calculator to check the needed points for other destinations.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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