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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 July 23rd, 2017
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card - Online Offer
100,000 bonus points
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Apply by 31 July 2017 to earn 100,000 bonus Qantas Points and get 2 American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
1
0
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement and earn up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
30,000 bonus points
1.25
20.74% p.a.
$249 p.a.
Enjoy two complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year, plus the protection of complimentary travel and purchase insurance.
Westpac Altitude Black - Altitude Qantas
80,000 bonus points
0.625
1.5
20.24% p.a.
$195 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you reach a minimum spend of $5,000 on eligible purchases. Offer ends 26 October 2017.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
50,000 bonus points
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter)
Get 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months.
St.George Amplify Signature - Amplify Qantas
60,000 bonus points
0.75
0
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 1.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent and receive 2 complimentary Qantas Lounge Passes.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature - Amplify Qantas
60,000 bonus points
0.75
0
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 1.500 Qantas Point per $1 spent and receive 2 complimentary Qantas Lounge Passes.
David Jones American Express - Qantas Frequent Flyer
22,500 bonus points
0
0.75
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 2.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent and access a range of exclusive, complimentary instore benefits at David Jones.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum - Qantas Rewards
40,000 bonus points
0.5
0
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 1.000 Qantas Point per $1 spent and receive complimentary overseas travel insurance.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn Qantas points that can be redeemed for a one way, return or multi-destination Classic Flight Reward on over 50 partner airlines.
BankSA Amplify Signature - Amplify Qantas
0.75
0
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 1.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent and instantly become a Visa Luxury Hotel Collection member.
BankSA Amplify Platinum - Amplify Qantas
0.5
0
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent and receive complimentary overseas travel insurance.
Westpac Altitude Card - Altitude Qantas
50,000 bonus points
0.5
1
20.24% p.a.
$100 p.a.
A dual Amex and Visa card that earns up to 1.00 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Card - Altitude Qantas
60,000 bonus points
0.5
1
20.24% p.a.
$150 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent and receive 24/7 personal concierge services.
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
50,000 bonus points
0.5
1
19.99% p.a.
$250 p.a.
A dual Amex and Visa card that earns up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases, plus a 24/7 personal concierge.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
75,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Receive 75,000 bonus Qantas points when you spend $4,000 on everyday purchases within 60 days of account opening.
NAB Qantas Rewards Card
0.5
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$95 p.a.
A dual Amex and Visa card that allows you to earn up to 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent, plus complimentary purchase protection insurance.

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