Qantas’ second “points plane” will fly from Sydney to Los Angeles

Posted: 26 August 2019 2:00 pm
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Qantas 747 feature image

The frequent flyer points-only flight will take off on 13 October onboard a 747.

Qantas has announced its second "points plane" will take off from Sydney to Los Angeles on 13 October.

Every seat on board will be available using Qantas Points for one week until midnight 2 September 2019. After this date seats will be available for sale using cash or points plus pay.

The flight will also be the last commercial flight for Qantas' "Lord Howe Island" 747-400 aircraft since it rolled off the assembly line in 2000.

This is the second points plane announced by Qantas after the initial Melbourne to Tokyo A380 flying on 21 October.

Unlike the Tokyo points plane which also features a dedicated A330 return points plane, there's no return points plane allocated to this flight.

How to book a seat on the points plane

To book a seat on this flight you'll need to visit the Qantas website and login to your account. You can then visit the points plane page and click "book with points" to start a search for seats.

Points Plane Los Angeles

How many points will I need?

You'll need the following number of frequent flyer points for a seat on board this flight:

Fare class Points required Fees payable (AUD, approximate amounts)
Economy 41,900 $205
Premium Economy 72,000 $405
Business 96,000 $480

Source: Qantas, as of 26 August 2019

Which business class and premium economy seats are available on this flight?

This flight will be the final flight of Lord Howe Island, a 747-400 which entered service in the year 2000. Most of Qantas' 747 fleet underwent refurbishments to bring it in line with the A380 fleet in 2011 - 2012, so the cabin in this aircraft is looking a bit long in the tooth by now.

As a result, this means the business class featured on this flight is the Skybed also featured on Qantas' A380s pictured below:

Qantas a380 business classQantas A380 business class review feature image

This business class product features a fully lie-flat seat, a 12-inch entertainment screen, additional storage and increased privacy. You can read our review of this seat on Qantas A380 for more information about it.

The premium economy seat is larger than economy class with just under 18cm of additional seat pitch and 5 cm of additional width. It also has a larger entertainment screen, noise-cancelling headphones and a cocktail table.

Qantas is gradually replacing its 747 fleet with its new 787 Dreamliners, with the 747 fleet being completely retired by the end of 2020.

If you want to increase your number of points to snag a seat on the points plane read our guide to earning more Qantas Points.

Image: Qantas

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