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 3-4 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 28 September and is valid for travel from 14 October 2018 to 29 August 2019 (except Jetstar which is until 30 June 2019).
The promotion applies to Economy Class travel on all domestic and international Qantas-, Jetstar- and Emirates-operated routes.
There have been reports of the Qantas website glitching this week—if this is the case, you may need to log back in at another time.
Emirates Skywards is also running a 25% discount sale on Economy Class tickets for domestic and international Qantas and all Emirates flights until 28 September.
All of the following prices are for one-way travel in Economy Class:
|Route||Regular pricing||Pricing with discount|
|Sydney - Melbourne on Jetstar||6400||4800|
|Sydney - Melbourne||8000||6000|
|Adelaide - Darwin||18000||13500|
|Perth - Singapore||22500||16875|
|Brisbane - Hong Kong||28000||21000|
|Sydney - Honolulu on Jetstar||28800||21600|
|Sydney - Honolulu||35000||26250|
|Melbourne - Dubai||45000||33750|
|Brisbane - Los Angeles||45000||33750|
|Sydney - London||60000||45000|
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 $100 or 6,000 Qantas Points with this promotion, you’d only be getting ~1.7c per point value.
However, if your return flight from Brisbane to Los Angeles during Christmas time is $2,000 or 67,500 points with this discount, then you’d be getting a healthy ~3c value for each point you use—and that represents better value.
Note that these calculations do not take into account the significant taxes and fees Qantas adds onto award flights, which can reduce their value substantially.
- Travel not permitted on partner airlines other than Emirates
- 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
- The discount does not extend to the ordinary surcharges and taxes that apply to Classic Flight Reward redemptions
- This promotion does not apply to First, Business or Premium Economy redemptions
- The discount does not apply if you choose the ‘Points Plus Pay’ option
- As usual, you will not earn any points on these award flights
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.
Previous promotions have run as follows:
|September 2018||25%||current offer|
|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
- booking accommodation through Airbnb