‘Huge’: Qantas to release thousands of Classic Flight Reward seats on Friday

Your chance to lock in a premium redemption arrives Friday 11 am, with Qantas preparing to release tens of thousands of reward seats in business, first and economy.

Qantas has announced plans to release tens of thousands of new international reward seats from 11 am Friday, giving frequent flyers more opportunities to travel overseas using their Qantas Points.

The release of new Classic Flight Reward seats will be made possible by Qantas extending its commitment of 50 per cent more reward seat availability on international routes until 31 December 2023 – an additional six months.

Additional Classic Flight Reward release: what we know

Travellers can expect to see Qantas release extra reward seats across all cabins, including Business and First, on the airline’s full international network of more than 30 routes. This includes popular international destinations such as London, Singapore, Bali, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

While we don’t yet know what date period the extra seats will span, Qantas typically releases seats up to 353 days in advance. As such, it’s likely that Classic Flight Rewards will be released for forward travel across the next eleven months.

With this in mind, savvy frequent flyers may have the opportunity to snap up flights for the busy summer school holiday period.

Digging into the redemption cost

The table below sets out the number of Qantas Points required to book selected routes one way, plus fees and taxes:

RouteEconomyTaxes/carrier chargesBusinessTaxes/carrier charges
Sydney – London55,200$233 144,600$443 
Melbourne – London55,200$231 144,600$441 
Brisbane – Los Angeles41,900$209 108,400$334 
Sydney – Los Angeles41,900$209 108,400$334 
Sydney – Tokyo (Haneda)31,500$148 82,000$198 
Melbourne – Auckland18,000$157 41,500$157 
Sydney – Fiji (Nadi)18,000$107 41,500$107 

Conclusion

The imminent release of thousands of international Classic Flight Reward seats is a welcome development for frequent flyers who may have struggled to lock in redemptions as travel demand has skyrocketed in recent times.

Since competition for premium reward seats on popular routes is expected to be fierce, frequent flyers should look to book as early as possible, while demonstrating flexibility with travel arrangements to secure a preferred redemption.

Will you be looking to lock in a dream redemption on Friday?

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