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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 November 15th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas Premier Platinum
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$299 p.a.
Get 60,000 bonus Qantas Points and a $300 Qantas Flight Voucher when you spend $4,000 within the first 90 days.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$295 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Collect 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 60 days of account opening. Plus, a $295 annual fee in the first year.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas - Exclusive Offer
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
0.5
20.24% p.a.
$50 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($249 p.a. thereafter)
finder Exclusive:
Up to 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Visa (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
Qantas Premier Everyday
40,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of up to 40,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $0 first year annual fee plus complimentary overseas travel insurance.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Enjoy 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Card - Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
20.24% p.a.
$50 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($200 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days of card approval. Plus, a $50 first year annual fee.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
75,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$295 p.a.
Receive 75,000 bonus Qantas Points and $75 back to your card when you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases within 3 months.
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.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
55,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas
50,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
Bendigo Bank Qantas Platinum Mastercard
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.6
19.99% p.a.
$149 p.a.
Earn Qantas Points on eligible spend, plus enjoy 180 days of comprehensive travel insurance and extended warranty on purchases.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Qantas
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25
0.75
20.24% p.a.
$300 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($499 p.a. thereafter)
Score up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the T&C with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
BankSA Amplify Signature - Qantas
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days. Plus, a discounted first year annual fee and lounge passes.
St.George Amplify
Amplify Rewards
1
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 19.49% p.a.)
$79 p.a.
Take advantage of 0% p.a. interest on purchases for the first 14 months. Plus, earn 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases, uncapped.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$425 p.a.
Earn 120,000 bonus Qantas Points & $150 back when you spend $7,500 in the first 3 months. Plus, 75 Status Credits and lounge passes.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum - Qantas
50,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
BankSA Amplify Platinum - Qantas
50,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature - Qantas
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Offers 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 in 90 days, 2 Qantas lounge passes per year plus a reduced first year annual fee.

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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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