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New Qantas Hotels redemption rates: Are they worthwhile?

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will now need 30 to 45 percent fewer points for all Qantas Hotels and Qantas Holidays bookings. This permanent improvement offers members a chance to unlock more value per point when they book hotels and holidays through Qantas using ‘Points Plus Pay'.

From today, when using Qantas Points, frequent flyers will enjoy:

  • 45 percent less points when combining accommodation and Qantas or Jetstar flights in one booking across all Qantas Holidays packages.
  • 30 percent fewer points across more than 440,000 hotels when booking Qantas Hotels.

What redemption value is on offer?

Previously, Qantas Hotels booked using the Points Plus Pay approach unlocked a value of around 0.55 – 0.6 cents per Qantas Point. While the improved pricing has boosted redemption values to approximately 0.85 cents per Qantas Point, it's still somewhat lower than the value on offer with Classic Hotel Reward bookings, as we'll explain below.

Below are selected examples provided by Qantas which demonstrate the increased value on offer when using points across selected Qantas Hotels in Australia:

HotelDetailsWasNow
Ovolo Woolloomooloo1 night, 2 adults66,191 Points46,368 Points
Superoo Room
Lancemore Crossley St. Melbourne1 night, 2 adults46,406 Points30,980 Points
William Standard King Room
Intercontinental Hayman Island1 night, 2 adults190,871 Points133,610 Points
Classic Room

Points values are based on a check-in date of 14 Sept 2022 and are correct as at 14 Jan 2022.

How do Qantas Hotels ‘Points Plus Pay' bookings stack up against Classic Rewards?

Classic Hotel Rewards are fixed-rate, outright hotel redemptions starting from just 10,000 Qantas Points. Not unlike Qantas flight redemption seats, only a limited number of properties – and nights – are on offer, so it pays to be flexible.

Offering approximately 1 cent value per Qantas Point, Classic Hotel Rewards continue to offer a higher redemption value when compared to ‘Points Plus Pay' Qantas Hotel bookings, even when taking into consideration the new and improved rates. They remain the best way to redeem Qantas Points for accommodation, provided you can find the property and the dates you want.

qantas classic hotel rewards

Having said that, here at The Champagne Mile, we continue to encourage readers to save up Qantas Points for Classic Flight Rewards and upgrades in business and first-class. With the ability to unlock up to 4 cents value per Qantas Point (or more!), this approach will deliver far better value for your hard-earned points stash.

20% off ‘Points Plus Pay' flights

For a limited time, Qantas is also offering 20 percent off Points Plus Pay for flights booked by 30 April 2022. This means that members will save when using Points Plus Pay on every seat, on every flight.

The change brings domestic and international flights on Qantas, Jetstar and partner airlines using Point Plus Pay slightly closer to the value members already enjoy when booking Classic Flight Reward seats. That said, when available, outright flight redemptions will continue to offer higher value.

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