Qantas 20% points sale: Watch out for this catch
The Big Points Sale is back – here's how to get maximum value for your Qantas Points.
Qantas has rolled out a flash sale for spending Qantas Points, offering 20% off all Points Plus Pay redemptions across the weekend.
That's 20% off Qantas hotel stays, flights, Luxury Escapes and Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions. All you have to do is use Points Plus Pay at the checkout.
"While this might sound tempting, remember that Points Plus Pay uses a lot more points than Classic Rewards," said Angus Kidman, Finder's editor-at-large and points guru. "Classic Rewards are by far the best value for your points dollar."
"For instance, a Sydney-Melbourne flight needs 8,000 Qantas Points for a Classic Reward, but Points Plus Pay varies and can be much more expensive, often 30,000 Qantas Points or more. Even after taking off 20%, you'll still chew through a lot of points."
You might be better offer buying a ticket during a flight sale rather than splurging a lot of points just to score the 20% discount, Kidman suggests.
A Finder survey conducted in May found that a third (33%) of Australians are holding onto their rewards points for when they can travel internationally. It might be time for that trip across the Tasman come sale time.
The same 20% discounts are also being applied on Rewards Store, Qantas Wine and for car hire with Avis. However, those don't offer a high level of value.
"The points rule is simple: Fixed point rewards like Classic Rewards, or upgrades into business or first, offer the most value. Redeeming your points for a toaster cuts their value in half, and that's in the best-case scenario," said Kidman.
Get planning on your next trip ASAP because this offer ends at midnight 21 June 2021.
What's the catch?
That catch aside, there are a few other conditions to consider as well.
We've gone through those pesky terms and conditions so you don't have to.
Splitting the payment method on flight transactions may result in a lower discount. A minimum of 5,000 points is needed.
To use this sale on Luxury Escapes purchases, simply add your Qantas membership number to the booking details. Check product eligibility by making sure the Qantas Frequent Flyer logo appears under the checkout price.
Journey Beyond requires a minimum level of 4,000 Qantas Points.
Travellers should keep in mind that this sale excludes:
- Classic Flight Rewards
- Classic Hotel Rewards
- Classic Car Rewards
- Classic Rail Rewards
- Qantas Insurance
- HOYTS Rewards
- Classic Wine Rewards
- Forty Winks
- M.J. Bale
The Rewards Store doesn't include existing sale items, gift cards, vouchers, charities and delivery charges.