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How to book flights with your Qantas Points

Want to use Qantas Points to book your next flight? Here's what you need to know.

If you're a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, you can use the points you earn to redeem flights with Qantas and its partner airlines. Depending on how many points you have, your points could pay for your whole flight, part of it or even give you a little bit of luxury with a flight upgrade.

Here, we look at the different flight rewards you can get with your Qantas Points, as well as a step-by-step guide to using your points to book a flight. We've also included the key conditions you'll need to consider along the way.

How can I use my Qantas Points to book flights?

There are four different ways you can redeem Qantas Points for flight rewards. These are:

  1. Classic Flight Reward. Classic Flight Rewards allows you to redeem your Qantas Points for a flight on Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld alliance or partnered airlines. Seats are often limited and you may have to be flexible with your booking criteria when searching for these flights.
  2. Points plus Pay. If your available points don't cover what's needed for a particular flight, you can choose Points plus Pay. With this option, you pay for a portion of the flight and your points cover the rest.
  3. Qantas Classic Upgrade Rewards. Once you’ve booked a flight, you can use your Qantas Points to request a Qantas Classic Upgrade Reward. Depending on how many points you want to spend and available seats, you could enjoy your journey in Premium Economy, Business Class or First Class.
  4. Bid Now Upgrades. If your flight is eligible for a Bid Now Upgrade, you will be sent an invitation by Qantas to make an upgrade offer to a premium cabin. To make an offer, you'll need a minimum of 3,000 Qantas Points for a domestic upgrade and 5,000 Qantas Points for an international upgrade. A minimum amount of money will also be required. You will be notified between 24 and 12 hours before your flight departure time as to whether or not your offer has been accepted.
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How to book Qantas reward flights

Step 1. Log in. Before searching for your flight, you will need to log into your account at qantas.com

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Step 2. Search for your flight. Select your flight details including destination, dates and number of passengers. Before continuing, ensure the "Search Classic Flight Rewards" checkbox is ticked.

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Step 3. Select your flight. You’ll be redirected to a page listing the available seats based on the travel information you provided. Select from available flights, which will appear as a seat icon in the Classic Flight Rewards column. By selecting "View in Points", you can see how many Qantas Points are required for each flight.

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Step 4. Choose a seat. Once you’ve compared your options, you’ll need to select a seat based on the time and cost that suits you.

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Step 5. Review your selection. Confirm the flight is correct. You will also be able to indicate whether you would like to use the "Points plus Pay" option.

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Step 6. Book. You will need to provide the following personal details to complete your booking:

    • Full name. Provide your name as stated on your identification documents.
    • Qantas Frequent Flyer. Provide your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership details.
    • Contact number. Provide the best number you can be reached on.
    • Email address: Ensure you have entered this correctly as confirmation and travel documents may be sent via email.
    • ABN or QBN. If you are a business registered with the Aquire program, you will need to enter your ABN or QBN to receive your rewards.

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Step 7. Pay. Before paying, you will have the option to add any extras such as travel insurance to your booking. Confirm all details are correct before completing your booking.

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Step 8. Congratulations! You have used your points to redeem a flight!

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Terms and conditions to consider

  • Cancellation and change policies. Changes to the name of the booking, class of travel and any segment routing must be made at least 24 hours before the departure of the first flight.
  • Changing fees. Changes made over the phone will incur a service fee in addition to a Change fee.
  • Booking calendar. Qantas Flights are made available 353 days in advance.
  • Points plus pay. To book a flights using Points plus Pay, you will need a minimum of 5,000 Qantas Points.
  • Taxes, fees and carrier charges. For domestic Australian flights and international flights from Australia, you can use Qantas Points to cover any taxes, fees and carrier charges on qantas.com.
  • Available seats. Seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights.

Now you have all the information you need, there is no limit to where your Qantas Points might take you!

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Credit cards that offer Qantas Points

Rates last updated February 24th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
100,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Take advantage of 100,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
100,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Collect 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 60 days of account opening. Plus, earn up to 12,500 points per statement period.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months of card approval, plus enjoy complimentary travel insurance.
Westpac Altitude Black - Altitude Qantas Online Offer
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.625
20.24% p.a.
$250 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement, plus, a discounted first year annual fee. Ends on 28 March 2018.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Get 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement, a $0 first year annual fee & 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club invitations.
St.George Amplify Signature
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Receive 90,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points when you spend $5,000 within 90 days and receive 2 complimentary airport lounge passes per year.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
65,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 65,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, a $0 annual fee for the first year.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
30,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1.25
20.74% p.a.
$249 p.a.
Enjoy 30,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year and the protection of complimentary insurance covers.
ANZ Frequent Flyer
25,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($95 p.a. thereafter)
Get 25,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the offer criteria and save with a $0 first year annual fee. Plus, uncapped Qantas Points potential.
St.George Amplify Card - Amplify Qantas
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of a 3% p.a. interest rate on balance transfers for 36 months. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee and 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent.
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
50,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.66
19.99% p.a.
$250 p.a.
Offers 50,000 bonus points when you meet the spend requirements and Qantas Points for your everyday spending. Plus a 24/7 personal concierge.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Amplify Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum - Qantas Rewards
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature - Amplify Qantas
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Receive 90,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points when you spend $5,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.75 Qantas points per $1 spent.
BankSA Amplify Platinum - Amplify Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
BankSA Amplify Signature - Amplify Qantas
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Receive 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement, 2 yearly Priority Pass lounge visits and up to 0.75 Qantas points per $1.
Bendigo Bank Qantas Platinum Mastercard
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.6
19.99% p.a.
$149 p.a.
Earn 0.6 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases, get 180 days of comprehensive travel insurance and extended warranty on purchases.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
100,000 bonus points
Qantas Business Rewards


1.25
$450 p.a.
Earn up to 100,000 bonus points, 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases and enjoy up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Card - Qantas Rewards
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$79 p.a.
Fly faster with 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent and save with up to 55 days interest-free. Plus, 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for 18 months.
BankSA Amplify Card - Amplify Qantas
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$79 p.a.
Fly faster with 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent and save with up to 55 days interest-free. Plus, 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for 18 months.
David Jones American Express - Qantas Frequent Flyer
15,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Fly faster with 15,000 bonus Qantas Points, up to 3 points per $1 spent and access a range of exclusive, in-store benefits at David Jones.
Suncorp Clear Options Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
Suncorp Bank Rewards Program


1.25
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Exclusive to finder, receive a long-term, no fee balance transfer and earn up to 1.25 Suncorp Rewards Points per $1 spent.

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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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