Planning your next big holiday can involve months of research and planning, with one big question at the centre: are you getting bang for buck? If you’re sitting on a cache of Qantas Points, you get a whole lot more out of your trip without breaking the bank. Here are five easy ways to upgrade your holiday with points – and five incredible places to do it with Qantas Holidays.
Extend your holiday
If you’ve considered clipping the length of your trip to balance your budget, you’ll be thrilled to know: Qantas Points can help get you a few extra days of bliss.
At Alila Villas Uluwatu (top) in Bali, where the incredible ocean view is permanently on show from the open-plan villa designs, days pass in an oasis of calm, where the walk from pool to spa is considered peak exertion. On Qantas Holidays, three nights in the hotel’s Bedroom Pool Villa (with a private pool and unobstructed water views) will set you back $5,632, flights from Sydney included. If you can’t bear the thought of leaving after a long weekend, don’t: from 67,444 Qantas Points per person, you’ll stretch your vacation into seven nights. That’s a whole week of pampering, for a fraction of the price.
Upgrade your room
You’ve found the hotel. The next step is to see just how much juice can squeeze from your stay, sans credit card.
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, an idyllic property less than 90 minutes south of Nadi on the Coral Coast, is a seaside dream, set on more than 16 hectares of landscaped tropical grounds. Although the sultry sea breeze can be felt from the private balcony in the Resort View room, from an extra 13,727 Qantas Points, you can enjoy sea glimpses from your Ocean View room, as well as the employ of the Talai Butler Service, who’ll deliver daily champagne and canapés to your room, among their full list of duties. Or from an additional 36,818 Qantas Points, you can upgrade yet again, with a two-bedroom, traditional Fijian-style bure for anyone seeking a little bit of extra space and seclusion.
Pool your points with family
Did you know that up to 600,000 Qantas Points can be shared annually between parents, siblings, grandparents and even cousins for heftier rewards? Consider this a sign: if you’ve been waiting to plan a family reunion, now is the time.
Picking Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa for your get-together means there’s something for everyone: the kids could be occupied at the 3000-square-metre lagoon-style pool, while your parents dig into Mediterranean-inspired fare at night and your sister skips off to the spa. From just 369,054 Qantas Points, you can level up from a studio room to a two-bedroom apartment for five that comes with its own private plunge pool. If that’s still not enough space, from a total of 570,953 Qantas Points you’ll be able to fly the six of you into one of the resort’s beachside three-bedroom villas, which includes a pool and outdoor entertaining area, where the stage is perfectly set for a big, all-in barbecue.
If you’ve blown the budget on the basics, don’t worry, you can still have the bells and whistles. Qantas Holidays regularly offers special packages that will take your getaway to another level with add-ons, from spa treatments to complimentary meals and champagne on arrival.
Waterfront haven DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is footsteps from the town’s vibrant aquarium, esplanade lagoon and art gallery, making it the ideal base for a sunny Queensland getaway. What makes it even better is finding a bottle of wine waiting for you on arrival, daily complimentary breakfast and that kids can eat and stay for free. Spend (from) 59,238 points for a three night stay for two and add an extra 42,702 points per person to include flights – both options come with the perks.
Add the kids
If you’ve built a nest egg of Qantas Points, you can breathe easy about paying extra to tack your little ones onto your trip.
Hamilton Island’s Reef View Hotel is footsteps from the white-sand Catseye beach, paving the way for days spent kayaking, snorkelling and lounging by the pool. Flights and three nights will cost $2,385 for parents, but from an extra 81,579 Qantas Points per child, you can fly the kids over, too.
For an overseas getaway the kids will rave about for years to come, book the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. Just $2,760 will score you two nights and flights for two, while from an additional 51,942 Qantas Points you can turn it into a family vacation for three. Not only will your little one be delighted by the range of activities at the Kids Club – from scavenger hunts to cookie decorating sessions and traditional Fijian weaving classes – but as a bonus, kids aged 12 and under get to eat breakfast for free at this sprawling beachside retreat.
Use your Qantas Points when you book your next break with Qantas Holidays. Visit qantas.com/holidays to explore the latest value-packed, limited-time deals on the world’s most exclusive hotels.