In our ongoing series, we unpack some of the most common myths and misconceptions about the Qantas Frequent Flyer program so you can make the most of every point.
You don’t need hundreds of thousands of Qantas Points in your Frequent Flyer account to make the most of a Classic Flight Reward.* In fact, you can book domestic flights with Qantas and its partner airlines for less than 10,000 points.
All you need to do is follow these steps:
- Go to the “Book Flights” index on the Qantas homepage and log in to your Frequent Flyer account
- Select the circle next to “Use points – Classic Flight Rewards only”. This way, all the flight options shown to you will be Classic Flight Rewards bookings.
After some inspiration? The flight between Sydney and Melbourne – one of the most popular routes in the Qantas network – offers Classic Flight Rewards seats in Business Class from just 16,000 points^ (plus $36 in taxes, fees and carrier charges) when flying with Qantas. If you choose to redeem your points on a Business Class seat, you automatically get use of the Business or Qantas Club lounges – a perfect way to make your next flight a little more luxurious.
Or, from 8000 points^, you can find a Classic Flight Reward economy seat for several popular domestic routes, including one way between Melbourne and Adelaide (plus $36 in taxes, fees and carrier charges), one way between Sydney and Brisbane (plus $36 in taxes, fees and carrier charges) and one way between Melbourne and Canberra (plus $53 in taxes, fees and carrier charges).
You only need a few thousand more points to extend the distance you’re flying across the country. From 12,000^ points (plus $44 in fees, taxes and carrier charges) you can go one way in Economy from Brisbane to Cairns on a Classic Flight Reward seat and from 18,000^ (plus $41 in fees, taxes and carrier charges) you could go one way from Sydney to Perth, or one way between Melbourne and Darwin (plus $47 in fees, taxes and carrier charges).
You need even fewer points when it comes to Domestic Classic Upgrade Rewards. You only need 5000+ points to upgrade your ticket to Business Class when flying from Melbourne to Sydney one way on a Flexible Economy ticket. Or, arrange a Classic Reward Business Class upgrade on a one-way flight from Perth to Sydney from 10,000 points+ to make the four-hour flight east seem like a breeze.
It’s also easy to reach many international destinations with a modest collection of points. A Classic Flight Reward one-way trip from Sydney to Bali in Economy, for example, starts from just 22,500 points^ (plus $152 in fees, taxes and carrier charges), while a Melbourne to Auckland Classic Flight Reward in Economy Class starts from 18,000^ (plus $131 in fees, taxes and carrier charges) points.
It’s also possible to use your Qantas Points to book a Classic Flight Reward on a Jetstar flight. A return flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island, for example, costs as little as 21,600 points^ (plus $102 in fees, taxes and carrier charges).
Classic Flight Rewards seats are released up to 353~ days in advance so the earlier you plan, the greater your chances of snagging the option you want. But more seats do get released closer to the departure date so keep checking back – the flight you want might just be available.
Go to qantas.com/frequentflyer to discover the many ways you can earn and use Qantas Points now.
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