If you are planning or considering travel in Economy Class on Qantas, Jetstar or Emirates during the rest of the year or into next, this is a great opportunity to save some of your points.
These sales tend to run every 4-6 months and are valuable for those travelling during peak periods and/or as a family or group.
Eligible travel dates & flights
This sale runs until 25 March and is valid for travel from 1 May 2019 to 29 February 2020 for Qantas flights. The travel period ends slightly earlier for Emirates flights on 23 February 2020 and Jetstar on 11 December 2019.
The promotion applies to Economy Class travel on all domestic and international Qantas-, Jetstar- and Emirates-operated routes (except Qantas services to/from Lord Howe Island).
All of the following prices are for one-way travel in Economy Class:
|Route||Regular pricing||Pricing with discount|
|Sydney - Melbourne on Jetstar||6400||4480|
|Sydney - Melbourne||8000||5600|
|Adelaide - Darwin||18000||12600|
|Perth - Singapore||22500||15750|
|Brisbane - Hong Kong||28000||19600|
|Sydney - Honolulu on Jetstar||28800||20160|
|Sydney - Honolulu||35000||24500|
|Melbourne - Dubai||45000||31500|
|Brisbane - Los Angeles||45000||31500|
|Sydney - London||60000||42000|
Getting the best value out of this promotion
You may want to aim to get at least 2 cents per point value from your Qantas Points (according to our valuations).
So, if a one-way flight from Sydney to Melbourne costs $150 or 5,600 Qantas Points + $35 in taxes with this promotion, you’d be getting ~2.1c per point value.
However, if your return flight from Brisbane to Los Angeles during Christmas time is $2,300 or 63,000 points with this discount + $452 in taxes, then you’d be getting a healthier 2.9c value for each point you use—that represents better value.
Note that the significant taxes and fees Qantas adds onto award flights can reduce their value substantially.
Frequently asked questions
Everyone’s financial situation, points balances and preferences are different. This means that the option of using points for Economy Class travel should not be written off. This guide can help you decide.
No, it doesn’t. This promotion only offers discounts for Economy Class travel.
No, the discount does not extend to the ordinary surcharges and taxes that apply to Classic Flight Reward redemptions.
Yes, you can, but you’ll want to make sure that the savings are more than 5,000/6,000 points for a domestic/international trip, given the change fee.
Annoyingly, when you go to book a Classic Flight Reward, the total points cost will just show you the final discounted amount and will not show you what the price would have been without the discount. If you are unsure whether or not the discount has been applied, you can check the ordinary points cost of your flight here.
This promotion covers travel on Qantas, Jetstar and Emirates only. Other partners such as American Airlines and Cathay Pacific are not included.
No, you cannot mix Qantas and Jetstar flights. That is because the required points for Jetstar redemptions are already 20% less than redemptions on Qantas flights.
No. As usual, you will not earn any points on award flights.
No, it does not.
Previous promotions have run as follows:
|December 2017||50||international only|
Note, though, that these promotions do not take into account the generally significant taxes and fees that Qantas tends to charge on award flights, so that reduces the value of this redemption opportunity. Having said that, of course, it is 100% up to you how you use your points.
You can start your search and make your booking online on the Qantas website.
Quick and ongoing opportunities to boost your Qantas Points balance
Three of the quickest ways to top up your Qantas Frequent Flyer balance are to:
- transfer points from a family member: usually instant but can take up to an hour
- buy wine through Qantas Wine: usually within 24 hours but can take up to five business days
- buy top-up Qantas Points: instant but the most expensive option
More longer-term, you can earn Qantas Points by:
- signing up to a Qantas Points-earning credit card
- taking advantage of bonus Qantas Points offers
- swiping your Woolworths Rewards card and opting to earn Qantas Points
- booking accommodation through Airbnb