In addition to flying, one of the best ways to accumulate Qantas Points is through everyday expenses. With a Qantas Points-earning credit card, you’ll earn points every time you pay for something, whether it’s a bill, groceries or an online purchase. There are more than 50 Qantas Points-earning cards to choose from, and in many cases you’ll earn 1 point for every $1 you spend – sometimes more.
The points you accumulate can be used in a variety of ways, including to book accommodation through Qantas Hotels– there are more than 200,000 properties worldwide. From Singapore to Sydney, here are five hotels you could book using your points.* If you use a mix of cash and points to book, you’ll still earn 3 points per $1 value of your booking.* What’s more, if you pay for your hotel using your Qantas Points-earning credit card, you could earn points twice. Once on your purchase and again on the hotel.
New York: Mondrian Park Avenue
This hotel has one of the best addresses in New York, just steps from Broadway and Madison Square Park in the buzzy NoMad neighbourhood. Designer Phillippe Starck has lent his decorative flair to the rooms, which showcase his signature whimsy through wing chairs and “floating” desks, not to mention a curated collection of eye popping art. For views over the city head to rooftop bar Fifteen Stories; for celebrity spotting, go underground to the basement speakeasy, Yours Truly. Check into the Mondrian Park Avenue via the Qantas Hotels site from 80,091 points.~
London: The Grosvenor
Want to stay on the same street as royalty? You can do just that when you book at The Grosvenor, where your address for the night is 101 Buckingham Palace Road. The hotel is set in a handsome 1862 building, its historic charm preserved through sweeping staircases, pillars etched with gold leaf and lavish chandeliers. The rooms are smart and modern, and some come with high Victorian ceilings and Juliet balconies. Still, the real reason you come here is to be able to stroll to Big Ben and St James Park, or hop on a train – the hotel has a private entrance to Victoria Station – to explore London’s atmospheric neighbourhoods. Check into The Grosvenor via the Qantas Hotels site from 65,263 points.#
Sydney: QT Sydney
Once the store of choice for gentlemen on the hunt for a suit or a barber, Sydney’s historic Gowings building has been reimagined as one of the city’s hippest hotels. Rooms sit across from the former department store as well as the upper floors of the adjoining State Theatre, with original Art Deco and Gothic features complemented by quirky travel-inspired installations, neon signs and an eclectic assemblage of furniture. You can still get a cutthroat shave in the spa, and then saunter to the European-style brasserie Gowings Bar & Grill for a spot of people-watching. Check into the QT Sydney via the Qantas Hotels site from 53,760 points.^
Singapore: Parkroyal on Pickering
Billed as the world’s first “hotel in a garden”, the Parkroyal is like a green oasis in the middle of Chinatown. Nordic-style rooms with lashings of blonde wood feature expansive picture windows, framing the jaw-dropping 15,000 square metres of cooling greenery that wraps the hotel’s exterior. The outdoor infinity pool is a showstopper, hemmed by gardens and ornamental waterfalls as well as birdcage-like cabanas that offer views over the neighbourhood’s colourful shophouses. Check into the Parkroyal on Pickering via the Qantas Hotels site from 70,176 points.##
Fiji: Marriott Resort Momi Bay
Fiji’s first mainland resort with overwater bungalows – stilted over a man made lagoon – the Marriott (pictured top) ticks every tropical holiday box. There are verdant gardens, swaying palms, wide stretches of sand and multiple pools – some with swim-up bars. Villas nod to traditional design through high-pitched thatched roofs and Fijian motifs, without much fuss so as to not distract from the real eye-candy, outside. The best bit? The retreat is within easy reach of Nadi’s international airport, so you’ll be in vacation mode within minutes of clearing customs. Check into the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay via the Qantas Hotels site from 72,985 points.^^
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