Qantas Frequent Flyer lowers points and costs for flight redemptions

Sally McMullen 7 January 2016 NEWS


Qantas Frequent Flyers can now use their points for more and travel internationally for less after an update to the points regime.

Qantas has rung in the new year with the good news that their Frequent Flyer members can now make their points and cash go further. The changes to the Classic Award chart has resulted in cuts in both the number of points required to redeem international economy flights and the amount of money customers have to fork out on airline, airport and fuel surcharges.

As of 6 January 2016, the number of points you’ll need to redeem an economy international flight will drop by 10%, while the companion carrier charge has dropped by a hefty 40%.

How much will I save on points and surcharges?

Here are some examples of how you can travel and save with the new Qantas Points redemption scheme, compared with what you would have forked before. All flights are return Qantas Economy Class Flight Rewards.

For bookings made on and from 6 Jan 2016 For bookings made before 6 Jan 2016
Perth and Singapore 45,000 Qantas points and $254.93 on taxes, fees and charges 50,000 Qantas Points and $435.93 on taxes, fees and charges
Brisbane and Hong Kong 56,000 Qantas Points and $290.66 on taxes, fees and charges 60,000 Qantas Points and $336.66 on taxes, fees and charges
Melbourne and Los Angeles 90,000 Qantas Points and $419.32 on taxes, fees and charges 96,000 Qantas Points and $609.32 on taxes, fees and charges
Sydney and London 120,000 Qantas Points and $708.18 on taxes, fees and charges 128,000 Qantas Points and $848.18 on taxes, fees and charges

The new Qantas rewards systems goes beyond perks with the airline, meaning you can enjoy savings with Qantas’ major frequent flyer partners as well. Some of the partners include Emirates, American Airlines and Fiji Airways.

What about non-Economy flights?

Qantas has confirmed that the savings will only apply to Economy flights, so you shouldn’t expect changes to points for Premium Economy, Business or First cabins in the near future.

What if I booked a flight before January 6 2016?

Unfortunately, existing reservations are not available for refunds of either points or cash surcharges at the new pricing level. If you’re considering cancelling your bookings and starting again to take advantage of the price changes, factor in how much you’ll pay on cancellation fees and the savings you’d make under the new pricing scheme to determine whether it’s worth it.

If you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer who opts for Economy rewards, these changes could lead to significant savings. Undoubtedly, the biggest win will come in the form of lowered surcharges but the reduced points means your rewards can now take you further. Happy new year, indeed.

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    gordonSeptember 14, 2017

    Can I use points and pay for 2 return flights Perth to bangkok

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      MaySeptember 14, 2017Staff

      Hi Gordon,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Yes, you can. If you will be using your points for a return flight from Perth to Bangkok, you may need to have approximately 80,000 points. There’s also an option for Points+Pay. Please visit the Qantas official website and log into your Qantas account for booking using your points. Please note that seating is limited for a Classic Flight Reward.

      Hope this helps.


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