Be ready to pounce – these seats won’t last long!
If you’re sitting on a stash of Qantas Points and and have your sights set on a northern hemisphere summer escape, it’s time to make your move.
Qantas has confirmed the release of 6,000 business and economy class reward seats across Qantas flights for the European Summer peak, with seats made available on every Qantas flight to London and Rome from June to August 2024.
Here’s what you can expect to pay across selected routes:
- Sydney to London: 144,600 points + approx $443 taxes
- Melbourne to London: 144,600 points + approx $441 taxes
- Perth to Rome: 144,600 points + approx $441 taxes
You’ll need to move quickly to snap up these seats, as demand is expected to be extremely high.
50 per cent discount Points plus Pay sale
A five-day ‘Points plus Pay’ sale has also launched today on the Qantas website.
Running until 27 October 2023, the points price of any First, Business or Premium Economy seat (with exception of reward seats) on any international Qantas marketed flight (with a QF flight number) that can be booked on qantas.com will be discounted by 50%.
But is it worth using Points plus Pay?
Exchanging a stash of points in this way almost never makes sense, as the value of a Qantas Points used for Points plus Pay is extremely low (around 0.5 cents, around the same value you’d extract when exchanging Qantas Points for gift cards and goods). Conversely, premium cabin international Classic Flight Rewards can unlock far greater value – up to 5 cents or more per point.
That said, temporarily elevating the Points plus Pay value proposition to around 1 cent per point under this promotion could make a redemption attractive to some frequent flyers looking to burn a stash of points, particularly if seeking travel during peak travel periods where award seats aren’t available.
It’s also worth noting that 50% discount is the most generous promotion we’ve seen attached to Points Plus Pay bookings, with past promotions only attracting a discount of 30%.
Today’s announcement is part of Qantas’ moves to respond to recent customer feedback and giving more value, using the first part of $80 million of funding earmarked in September for customer experience improvements in FY24. Qantas says that more detail on how these funds are being applied will roll out in coming weeks and months.
It’s positive to see Qantas commit to the release of Classic Flight Reward seats on high-demand international routes, at peak times of travel. Of course, 6,000 reward seats won’t go far across 15 million frequent flyer members – so move quickly to lock in your Euro summer trip for next year.
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