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Qantas flights to Johannesburg and Jakarta: How many points?


New routes mean new Classic Reward options.

Qantas is rolling out new services to South Africa and Indonesia from Perth, and that means more potential ways to spend your Qantas Points.

From 1 November 2020, Qantas will offer 3 weekly return Perth-Johannesburg flights, using Airbus A330 aircraft.

And from 30 November, it will run a thrice-weekly Perth-Jakarta service, using the Boeing 737.

But how many Qantas Points do you require for a Classic Reward flight? Here's what Qantas told Finder. (As I write this, its own Classic Rewards calculator doesn't yet have this information.)

RouteEconomy (one-way)Business (one-way)

That's solid points value. A return Perth-Johannesburg flight typically costs around $1,800 in Economy. For a Classic Reward return flight, you'd get around $28.50 in value for every 1,000 Qantas Points spent. That's well above my $20 benchmark.

Business flights are, as usual, even better. A typical return Business seat on the route is priced at $9,800. That works out at around $60 in value for each 1,000 Qantas Points.

Qantas already offers Sydney-Johannesburg direct flights, and from November that will become a daily service. That's a more convenient option if you're flying from the eastern states, but the new route will be good news for Perth residents wanting to visit South Africa, who have been stuck with flying to Sydney first.

On my own bucket list, these options are honestly a bit lower than the recently reintroduced Noumea services. But a flight via either city could be an interesting addition to a oneworld Classic Rewards round the world flight.

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