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The best ways to spend 100,000 Qantas Points

Want a return trip to Las Vegas or a business flight to Bangkok? See how far 100,000 Qantas Points could take you.

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is Australia’s favourite airline loyalty scheme. And with rewards spanning free flights, upgrades, hotel packages and retail rewards up for grabs, it’s no wonder. However, the potential for your points can be overwhelming and some rewards offer more value for your money.

So, whether you’ve scored a big bonus points deal or have been saving your hard-earned points, this guide will explain some of the different ways you can redeem 100,000 Qantas Points. Of course, there is no one best way to spend your Qantas Points but this guide will give you the inspiration you need to redeem the right rewards for you.

How can I redeem 100,000 Qantas Points?

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Flights

Since this is a frequent flyer program, booking free flights is naturally one of the most popular ways to redeem your Qantas Points. Whether you want to apply points to an international flight or domestic trip, upgrade booked flights or use a combination of points and cash on your next holiday, we’ll show you some of the ways you can spend 100,000 Qantas Points.

Classic Flight Rewards

100,000 Qantas Points could take you all around Australia and the world with Classic Flight Rewards. How many points you’ll need will depend on your destination and how you’d like to take the journey (such as whether you’re happy with Economy or prefer the luxury of Business class). So if you need a little inspiration, you can compare some of the Classic Flight Rewards you could redeem for 100,000 points below. Please note that these points prices are accurate from 31 July 2017 and are based on information from the Qantas website. As such, please use this as a guide and visit the Qantas website for more accurate points prices for your particular trip.

Fare class Return/one way Departure Destination Number of points
Economy Return Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra Las Vegas 90,000 points
Business One way Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra Vancouver 96,000 points
First One way Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra Singapore 90,000 points
Business One way Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra San Francisco 96,000 points
Economy Return Brisbane Johannesburg 90,000 points
Business Return Brisbane Denpasar (Bali) 80,000 points
Business One way Adelaide Dubai 84,000 points
Economy Return Adelaide Los Angeles 90,000 points
Economy One way Adelaide Berlin 75,000 points
Economy Return Perth, Darwin Budapest 90,000 points
Business Return Perth, Darwin Auckland 100,000 points
Business Return Perth, Darwin Bangkok 100,000 points
Economy Return Perth, Darwin Vienna 90,000 points
Business Return Darwin, Darwin Sydney 72,000 points

Information is correct 31 July 2017

Classic Flight Rewards are subject to availability, so you may need to be a little more flexible with your dates and travel times if you want to cover the cost with points.

How do I redeem my points for Classic Flight Rewards?

If you want to redeem your Qantas Points for Classic Flight Rewards, you just need to select “Search Classic Flight Rewards” when searching for flights on the Qantas website. Make sure that you log in using your frequent flyer details before you finalise the booking.

Classic Upgrade Rewards

If you’ve already booked your flights or don’t want to blow all of your points on redeeming Business class flights, you can also use your Qantas Points for upgrades. The number of points you’ll need will depend on the upgrade and the route you’re flying. We’ve provided some examples of how many points you’d need to upgrade to Business class for domestic and international flights below.

Using points to upgrade domestic Classic Upgrade Reward to Business
Zone One-way miles Classic Flight Reward Economy Discount Economy Flexible Economy Classic Flight Reward - Premium Economy Premium Economy or Flexible Premium Economy
1 0-600 12,000 points 10,000 points 5,000 points 7,000 points 5,000 points
2 601-1,200 18,000 points 17,500 points 7,500 points 10,5000 points 7,500 points
3 1,201-2,400 26,000 points 25,000 points 10,000 points 16,000 points 10,000 points
4 2,401-3,600 35,000 points 34,000 points 15,000 points 22,500 points 15,000 points
Using points to upgrade domestic Classic Upgrade Reward to Business
Zone One-way miles Classic Flight Reward - Economy Economy Flexible Economy Classic Flight Reward - Premium Economy Premium Economy or Flexible Premium Economy
1 0-600 12,000 10,000 5,500 7,000 5,000
2 601-1,200 18,000 15,000 8,500 10,500 7,500
3 1,201-2,400 26,000 20,000 11,000 16,000 10,000
4 2,401-3,600 35,000 30,000 16,500 22,500 15,000
5 3,601-4,800 54,000 50,000 27,500 36,000 25,000
6 4,801-5,800 64,000 60,000 33,000 40,000 30,000
7 5,801-7,000 80,000 70,000 38,500 54,000 35,000
8 7,001-8,400 100,000 90,000 49,500 67,500 45,000
9 8,401-9,600 110,000 100,000 55,000 75,000 50,000
10 9,601-15,000 124,000 120,000 66,000 85,000 60,000

So, let’s say you had an Economy flight booked from Sydney to Los Angeles (7,490 miles), you’d need a minimum of 90,000 points to upgrade to Business Class. Meanwhile, you could upgrade a Discount Economy flight from Sydney to Melbourne (438 miles) for 10,000 points. In this instance, you’d get more value if you use your points to upgrade an international flight rather than domestic.

How do I use my points to upgrade flights?

You can request a Classic Upgrade Reward any time after you’ve paid for your ticket up until 24 hours before your flight. Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, go to “Your Bookings” and select the “Upgrade” button. Then when you’re paying, opt to pay with points.

Points plus pay

If you don’t have enough points to redeem your ideal reward, you can use a combination of cash and points to cover the total cost.

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Hotels and accommodation

Now that you’ve got your flights booked, you can use your points to cover the cost of hotels and accommodation on your trip. When booking through the Qantas website, you can redeem your points for accommodation at over 200,000 locations worldwide. Just look for the “Classic Reward” symbol when searching for your hotel.

Similar to flights, the number of points required will vary between bookings and may depend on the retail cost of the accommodation. You can compare how many points you’ll need for your stay on the Qantas Classic Hotel Rewards website, but below we’ve highlighted a few examples based on bookings for two people.

Hotel Number of nights Number of points required Features
Seasons Darling Harbour Sydney 2 51,000 points Studio suite with pool and spa
Rydges on Swanston Melbourne 1 27,093 points Standard King room
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel 3 108,460 points King room
London Elizabeth Hotel 3 88,000 points Double room
Harbour Ville Hotel, Singapore 2 25,000 points Standard queen room

Costs are correct on 31 July 2017

These are just a few examples, but you can also use a combination of points and cash to redeem your accommodation rewards.

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Holidays and other travel

Car hire

Whether you’re travelling overseas or planning a weekend road trip, you can also use your Qantas Points to cover car hire costs with Avis and Budget. Once you’ve logged into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, you can browse car rental options via the Qantas website and opt to view the costs in points. See our guide on how to earn and redeem Qantas Points for car rentals for more tips.

Qantas Holiday gift vouchers

If you want to treat a loved one with a getaway, you can also use your points to redeem a Qantas Holiday gift voucher for flights, accommodation and holiday packages. These vouchers can be redeemed via the Qantas Store and then are emailed to you to be used within 12 months from the date of issue.

Gift voucher amount Number of points required
$25 5,560
$50 11,070
$100 22,090
$150 44,130
$200 35,440
$500 110,250 points

Comparing the above table to the flights rewards tables, it’s clear that it’s usually better value for your money to redeem your Qantas Points directly for flights rather than through a gift card.

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Shopping and retail

If you don’t have enough points for a holiday or just want to enjoy the fruits of your points hunting, you can also redeem your Qantas Points for retail and shopping rewards.

Qantas Store

From electronics, gift cards and homewares to tech gadgets and fashion, there are plenty of ways to redeem your points via the Qantas Store. The points costs vary between products, but some of the rewards you could redeem with 100,000 points include:

Category Item Points required
Electronics iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi 97,920 points
Home appliances Kitchenaid Nespresso coffee machine 93,520 points
Fashion Michael Kors Parker Ladies Chronograph 84,260 points
Beauty Chloe Eau de Parfum 75ml 32,340 points
Gift card $250 David Jones eGift card 39,700 points
Fitness Fitbit surge tracker 70,590 points
Homewares Sheridan Hotel Weight Luxury Snow King Sheet (1,000 thread count) 93,750 points
Wine Serafino Fiano Bellissimo 2016 36,480 points

Points and items based on search from 31 July 2017

How to redeem Qantas Points for rewards via the Qantas Store

  1. Visit the Qantas Store and log in using your Qantas Frequent Flyer details.
  2. Use the categories or search bar to browse your rewards options and add your chosen reward to the cart.
  3. Check out and pay using points.

If you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer, you have no shortage of options when deciding how to earn your points. Only you can determine the best way to spend your points, so it’s important that you compare your options to determine which rewards will offer you the best value for your money. Would you prefer to redeem your points for wine or a holiday? That’s up to you. Happy points spending!

If you haven't quite reached the 100,000 points mark, you can check out our guide to spending 50,000 Qantas Points for more ideas.

Compare Qantas Frequent Flyer Credit Cards

Rates last updated October 18th, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas Premier Everyday
40,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of up to 40,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $0 first year annual fee plus complimentary overseas travel insurance.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$295 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Collect 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 60 days of account opening. Plus, a $295 annual fee in the first year.
Qantas Premier Platinum
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$299 p.a.
Get 60,000 bonus Qantas points and a $300 Qantas Flight Voucher when you spend $4,000 in 90 days. Plus, complimentary lounge passes.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months of card approval, plus enjoy complimentary travel insurance.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Card - Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
20.24% p.a.
$50 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($200 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days of card approval. Plus, a $50 first year annual fee.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$425 p.a.
Earn 120,000 bonus Qantas Points and $150 back when you spend $7,500 in the first 3 months. Plus, 75 Status Credits.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas
75,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
0.5
20.24% p.a.
$50 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($249 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Visa (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
55,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Qantas
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25
0.75
20.24% p.a.
$300 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($499 p.a. thereafter)
Score up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the T&C with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas
50,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
Bendigo Bank Qantas Platinum Mastercard
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.6
19.99% p.a.
$149 p.a.
Earn 80,000 bonus Qantas Points on eligible spend, plus enjoy 180 days of comprehensive travel insurance and extended warranty on purchases.
BankSA Amplify Signature - Qantas
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days. Plus, a discounted first year annual fee and lounge passes.
St.George Amplify
Amplify Rewards
1
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 19.49% p.a.)
$79 p.a.
Take advantage of 0% p.a. interest on purchases for the first 14 months. Plus, earn 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases, uncapped.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum - Qantas
50,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
BankSA Amplify Platinum - Qantas
50,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature - Qantas
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.49% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Offers 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 in 90 days, 2 Qantas lounge passes per year plus a reduced first year annual fee.
Bankwest Qantas World Mastercard
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.66
20.49% p.a.
$270 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases, pay 0% foreign transaction fees and receive complimentary travel insurance.

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Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is an editor at finder.com.au who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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