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Massive Qantas Classic Rewards discounts: The best points deals to book


Don't miss out on these 30% off bargain flights.

OK, I'm excited. Qantas has 30% off Classic Rewards flights this week.

Refresher: Booking Classic Rewards flights are one of the two best-value ways to use your Qantas Points. You'll easily get $20 or more in value for every 1,000 Qantas Points you spend. Pick the right flights and the value can be even higher.

Here's what you need to know about the current offer:

  • You need to book before the end of 14 November 2021.
  • The 30% discount applies to both Qantas and Jetstar flights. I'd always go for Qantas when possible, but Jetstar is worth considering if it's a route Qantas doesn't offer or when you really need to fly on a particular date. Jetstar also typically charges less for the same route. For instance, one-way Sydney-Melbourne on Qantas is normally 8,000 Qantas Points, while on Jetstar it's 5,600 Qantas Points. (With 30% off, those drop to 5,600 and 3,920 respectively.)
  • On Qantas, the discount applies for flights between 1 December 2021 and 27 October 2022. Jetstar is a little more limited, with the offer only running until 31 August 2022.
  • The discount only applies to flights within Australia. Sorry, no bargains for international this time around. Qantas has reopened heaps of international routes and there are Classic Rewards seats available on those flights, but no discount is being applied to those.
  • While Qantas is boasting that the number of seats available through Classic Rewards has been boosted by up to 50%, availability will still be limited. That's especially the case for business seats.
  • Bookings for flights up until 28 February 2022 can be cancelled with no penalty. Flights later in the year may end up incurring a change fee if you need to alter or cancel them.

The best-value Classic Rewards deals right now

As I often say, spending points on any rewards seat is better than buying a toaster. But not all Classic Rewards are created equal. Here are some deals that really squeeze the maximum from your Qantas Points during this sale.

Think islands

Air fares to offshore destinations are often high even though their points value is low. That means they're especially good value. Think Kangaroo Island, Lord Howe Island or Hamilton Island. They're all 8,000 points for a one-way Classic Reward from the nearest capital, but routinely cost $200 or more – sometimes much more. A cheap one-way seat to Lord Howe Island is $600.

You might need to hunt a bit to find dates with Classic Reward availability, but there are big savings to be had. Just make sure you've also checked that accommodation is available before committing to the flights, as choices can be limited.

Think regional

Extending that principle, flights to regional areas are generally more expensive than those between capital cities and offer more value if you book them with points. Handily, Qantas has expanded its offerings for regional flights over the past 18 months, with destinations including Griffith, Bendigo and Orange added to the list.

Any Friday or Sunday afternoon/evening flights

Kidman's third law of travel is: Prices generally go up on Friday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. You're competing with regular commuters and people looking for a weekend away. So a seat from Sydney to Melbourne, which could cost $99 in the right sale, might be $300 or more. And that makes a Classic Reward better value than if you fly on a cheap day (Tuesday or Wednesday).

Again, you might need to hunt a little, but there are solid bargains to be had. Happy points redeeming!

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