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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.

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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 classReturn/one wayDepartureDestinationNumber of points
EconomyReturnSydney, Brisbane, CanberraLas Vegas90,000 points
FirstOne waySydney, BrisbaneSingapore90,000 points
BusinessOne wayBrisbane, Sydney, CanberraSan Francisco96,000 points
EconomyReturnBrisbaneJohannesburg90,000 points
BusinessOne waySydney, Brisbane, CanberraDubai96,000 points
BusinessReturnBrisbaneDenpasar (Bali)100,000 points
BusinessOne wayAdelaideDubai84,000 points
EconomyReturnAdelaideLos Angeles90,000 points
EconomyOne wayAdelaideBerlin75,000 points
EconomyOne wayPerthRome69,000 points
BusinessReturnPerth, DarwinAuckland100,000 points
BusinessOne wayPerth, DarwinBangkok84,000 points
EconomyReturnPerthVienna69,000 points
BusinessReturnDarwinSydney72,000 points

Information is correct 21 May 2019

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
ZoneOne-way milesClassic Flight Reward EconomyDiscount EconomyFlexible EconomyClassic Flight Reward - Premium EconomyPremium Economy or Flexible Premium Economy
10-60012,000 points10,000 points5,000 points7,000 points5,000 points
2601-1,20018,000 points17,500 points7,500 points10,5000 points7,500 points
31,201-2,40026,000 points25,000 points10,000 points16,000 points10,000 points
42,401-3,60035,000 points34,000 points15,000 points22,500 points15,000 points
Using points to upgrade domestic Classic Upgrade Reward to Business
ZoneOne-way milesClassic Flight Reward - EconomyEconomyFlexible EconomyClassic Flight Reward - Premium EconomyPremium Economy or Flexible Premium Economy
10-60012,00010,0005,5007,0005,000
2601-1,20018,00015,0008,50010,5007,500
31,201-2,40026,00020,00011,00016,00010,000
42,401-3,60035,00030,00016,50022,50015,000
53,601-4,80054,00050,00027,50036,00025,000
64,801-5,80064,00060,00033,00040,00030,000
75,801-7,00080,00070,00038,50054,00035,000
87,001-8,400100,00090,00049,50067,50045,000
98,401-9,600110,000100,00055,00075,00050,000
109,601-15,000124,000120,00066,00085,00060,000

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.

HotelNumber of nightsNumber of points requiredFeatures
Seasons Darling Harbour Sydney251,000 pointsStudio suite with pool and spa
Rydges on Swanston Melbourne127,093 pointsStandard King room
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel3108,460 pointsKing room
London Elizabeth Hotel388,000 pointsDouble room
Harbour Ville Hotel, Singapore225,000 pointsStandard 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 amountNumber of points required
$255,560
$5011,070
$10022,090
$15044,130
$20035,440
$500110,250 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:

CategoryItemPoints required
ElectronicsiPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi97,920 points
Home appliancesKitchenaid Nespresso coffee machine93,520 points
FashionMichael Kors Parker Ladies Chronograph84,260 points
BeautyChloe Eau de Parfum 75ml32,340 points
Gift card$250 David Jones eGift card39,700 points
FitnessFitbit surge tracker70,590 points
HomewaresSheridan Hotel Weight Luxury Snow King Sheet (1,000 thread count)93,750 points
WineSerafino Fiano Bellissimo 201636,480 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

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Bonus points Rewards program Rewards points per $ spent Purchase rate Annual fee
Qantas American Express Premium Card
100,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
20.74% p.a.
$249
Enjoy 100,000 bonus Qantas Points, 50 bonus Status Credits and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
130,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$295 annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Collect up to 130,000 bonus Qantas Points (100k when you spend $3,000 in the first 60 days and 30k after 12 months). Plus, 75 bonus Status Credits.
Qantas Premier Platinum
100,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$199 annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Get 100,000 bonus Qantas Points, 75 bonus Status Credits and a 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for 18 months (with a one-time 1% BT fee).
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
120,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
20.24% p.a.
$425
Collect 120,000 bonus Qantas Points and $200 back when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, complimentary lounge passes.
NAB Qantas Business Signature Card
100,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.66
18.5% p.a.
$295
Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points and earn points on everyday business purchases. Also get up to 44 days interest-free. ABN required.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas
70,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.74% p.a.
$99
Earn 70,000 bonus Qantas Points, plus enjoy 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 15 months and complimentary insurance covers.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum - Qantas
70,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.74% p.a.
$99
Receive 70,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $1,500 each month for the first 3 months and earn up to 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent.
BankSA Amplify Platinum - Qantas
70,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.74% p.a.
$99
Receive 70,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $1,500 each month for the first 3 months. Plus a 0% balance transfer offer.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
120,000
Qantas Business Rewards
1.25
N/A
$450
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 120,000 bonus points, 3x points on eligible Qantas flights & 2 lounge passes per year.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
20,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$99
Receive 20,000 bonus Qantas Points and a long-term balance transfer offer. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Qantas
60,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
20.49% p.a.
$99 annual fee for the first year ($200 p.a. thereafter)
Get 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days. Plus, a first-year annual fee discount and a long-term balance transfer offer.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
55,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25
20.74% p.a.
$450
Get 55,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
N/A
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
20.74% p.a.
$0
Earn 0.75 Qantas Points for your everyday purchases, uncapped, and pay $0 annual fee for the life of the card on this no-frills frequent flyer card.
David Jones American Express Card
45,000
Membership Rewards
1
20.74% p.a.
$99
Not just for David Jones shoppers, receive 45,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points or 22,500 Qantas Points on eligible spend.
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
30,000
Membership Rewards
1
20.74% p.a.
$295
DJ's shoppers and Qantas travellers earn 30,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points or 15,000 Qantas Points on eligible spend.
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