Qantas EXTENDS triple points offer: Last chance to boost yours

Posted: 22 July 2021 12:01 am
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Earn triple Qantas Points on flights, hotels and holidays from now until June 2022.

To celebrate Christmas in July and spread some much needed festive cheer, Qantas Frequent Flyer is tripling the number of Qantas Points you can earn on domestic flights, to car hire.

Qantas has extended the offer giving you until 11:59pm (AEST) 31 July 2021 to book and earn triple Qantas Points on flights, hotels, holiday packages, and Avis car hire.

It's called this its "biggest points offer" and this is a huge promotion compared to when Qantas offered triple points on just flights back in June last year.

Let's look at how this triple points offer changes things:

  • Flights: you'd normally earn 800 Qantas Points on a flight between Sydney and Melbourne. With this offer activated you'll earn 2,400 Qantas Points instead.
  • Hotels: These usually earn 3 points per $1 spent, but now earn 9 points on every dollar spent on hotels and resorts (Except for Luxury Hotels where you'll still earn 9 points per $1 instead of the usual 6).
  • Car hire: You can earn 12 Qantas Points per $1 spent on Avis vehicles, instead of the usual 4.
  • Holiday packages: earn 9 Points per $1 spent on flight and hotel packages with Qantas Holidays instead of the usual 3 points.

The triple points offer covers travel dates from 28 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 meaning you can use it for travel right away, plan your Christmas family reunion, summer holidays or next year's winter escape.

You do have to book and register online to get your hands on bonus points, but that's a simple process.

"It's a really challenging time for many Australians as we navigate these latest outbreaks, but we know planning holidays and family reunions brings a lot of excitement and gives people something to look forward to," Qantas chief customer officer Stephanie Tully said. "With the vaccine rollout ramping up and flexibility on all of our fares, there's no better time to book your next trip".

Which routes earn you the most bonus Qantas Points?

The flights that will earn you the most points are those from the east coast to the west coast to destinations like Perth and Broome. While New South Wales and Victoria aren't viable options for travel in the near future due to lockdown, you do have the opportunity to book travel up to 11 months in the future.

Booking future flights to Cairns or Townsville is another ideal way to maximise your points bonus.

You'll reap the most rewards if you book now for when travel to New Zealand resumes to earn a minimum of 6,000 Qantas Points (tripled from the usual 2000 Qantas points) on a return trip from Sydney to Auckland. Business class flights will earn even more, though the number of Status Credits earned won't go up.

How good is this triple Qantas Points offer?

"Bonus points offers are a great way to earn a lot more points without spending extra," Finder's resident points expert Angus Kidman said. "Right now I wouldn't be making bookings for July or August, but for Christmas it's an appealing option. Flights are rarely on sale over the Christmas break anyway, so if you can't maximise the discounts you can maximise your points earned. That's also earning activity to ensure your points balance won't expire."

What is Qantas' flexibility policy right now?

For peace of mind (and to help entice you to book) Qantas extended its Fly Flexible policy to 31 December 2022. This means you can make unlimited date changes when you book flights before 28 February 2022 without having to pay change fees, although you will have to pay any fare difference for the new dates.

"Flexibility definitely lowers the risk involved in making a booking," Kidman said. "Remember, that doesn't mean you're guaranteed a refund if COVID messes up your plans. It does mean though that you won't lose the money entirely or pay a change fee if you need to rebook."

Looking for more ways to boost your points? Compare credit card bonus point offers to send your total soaring.

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