A special guide for Perth and Adelaide readers: how to use your Qantas Points to fly around the world

GUIDE: Using Points
DIFFICULTY: Hard
TIME TO READ: 4 minutes
POSTED: December 11, 2017
UPDATED: November 13, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Qantas Frequent Flyer

Due to popular demand from our readers in Western and South Australia, we have created this supplementary guide to help you plan your next RTW trip using Qantas Points!

But first things first: in order to avoid repeating information, we strongly suggest you have a read of our main guide to Qantas RTW redemptions before delving into this more specific guide.

If you are from NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS, ACT or NT, then the main guide is your best source of information as this WA and SA guide won’t apply to you.

Comparing the different long-haul Qantas Point redemption options

If you analyse the table below, you can see that tacking on a significant amount of extra flying comes with only minimal additional points cost, especially from Adelaide.

CabinPerth to London return on Qantas/EmiratesPerth to London return on oneworld partner (Qatar)Adelaide to London return on Qantas/EmiratesAdelaide to London return with oneworld partner (Qatar)oneworld Classic Flight Reward
Economy110,000130,000120,000150,000140,000
Premium Economy168,000195,000192,000225,000210,000
Business Class224,000242,000256,000278,000280,000
First Class336,000354,000384,000406,000420,000
Miles travelled18,06018,10020,65420,582Up to 35,000

Say you want to fly return to Europe on Qantas or Emirates (which is a preferred partner). From Perth/Adelaide, you’ll be up for 224,000/256,000 points in Business Class and 336,000/392,000 points in First Class, plus taxes and fees of $500-1000.

Or you could fly one of their non-preferred oneworld partners like Qatar Airways or Cathay Pacific, from Adelaide for 242,000/278,000 points in Business or 354,000/406,000 points in First.

By comparison, departing from Adelaide, you could fly almost double the distance (up to 35,000 miles) and have stopovers in five cities for just 2,000 points more in Business Class or 14,000 more in First Class.

Departing from Perth, the value of the RTW award compared to a simple return is more diminished. This is because Perth is closer to Europe than Adelaide and therefore falls into a lower distance bracket. However, if you still wanted to fly RTW, it will only cost you an extra 56,000 points compared to flying Qantas/Emirates return to Europe, which is still good value.

Why you should aim to fly Business instead of First Class

From Perth and Adelaide, the only airline operating a First Class cabin is Emirates and as we’ve mentioned in the main guide, you can’t include Emirates in this award as it’s not part of oneworld.

If you did want to pursue a First Class award though, then the best way to get value out of that is to fly in and out of Australia from Sydney or Melbourne on Qatar Airways (both cities) or British Airways (Sydney only) and tack on a domestic Qantas Business Class flight to get there.

You can fly Qatar Airways A380 First Class out of Sydney or Melbourne

For most people, my recommendation would be to fly Qatar Airways to Doha from Adelaide on the way out (Perth residents can connect on Qantas)—this is because it’s on the modern A350 Business Class product and award availability is generally good.

Qatar runs its fantastic A350 Business Class to Adelaide (pictured) but Perth gets the older 777

Qantas’ new direct Perth – London 787 Dreamliner service from late March 2018 offers a great product too, but award availability is hard to come by and you would probably want to stop over in the Middle East or Asia as this is a RTW itinerary after all. They are your points, though, and you are free to use them as you choose.

Qantas 787 Business Class

On the way back, Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong direct to either Perth or Adelaide in a lie-flat, direct-aisle access seat is a good way to go.

Cathay Pacific Business Class

If you’re in Perth, you have the added option of flying Qantas direct from Singapore or Qatar Aiirways from Doha.

You won’t be as comfortable in Qantas’ 737 recliner seats for the five-hour trek to/from Singapore

Of course, you could switch the order and fly out to Asia and back through the Middle East.

In my own experience, there might be times that award availability to/from Perth/Adelaide on international flights cannot be found, so do be open to flying Qantas Business Class to Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane and commencing/returning through there—try to get on an A330 or 787 service for those transcontinental flights.

Example 1 (Perth): 34,000 miles in Business Class for 280,000 Qantas Points

The following itinerary totals 34,631 miles flown, just under the 35,000-mile maximum:

  1. Perth to London with Qantas (first stopover in London)
  2. London to New York with British Airways or American Airlines (second stopover in New York)
  3. New York to São Paulo with American Airlines or LATAM (third stopover in Sao Paulo)
  4. São Paulo to Los Angeles with American Airlines or LATAM (Transit)
  5. Los Angeles to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific or American Airlines (fourth stopover in Hong Kong)
  6. Hong Kong to Singapore with Cathay Pacific (fifth stopover in Singapore)
  7. Singapore to Perth with Qantas

Example 2 (Adelaide): 28,000 miles in Business Class for 280,000 Qantas Points

The following itinerary totals 28,505 miles flown, well within the 35,000-mile maximum:

  1. Adelaide to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific (first stopover in Hong Kong)
  2. Hong Kong to Malé, Maldives with Cathay Pacific (second stopover in Malé)
  3. Malé to Colombo, Sri Lanka with Sri Lankan Airlines (transit)
  4. Colombo to Delhi with Sri Lankan Airlines (transit)
  5. Delhi to London with British Airways (third stopover in London)
  6. London to Vancouver with British Airways (fourth stopover in Vancouver)
  7. Vancouver to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific (fifth stopover in Hong Kong)
  8. Hong Kong to Adelaide with Cathay Pacific

Research, booking & FAQs

Summing up

With fewer frequencies and products to enjoy compared to their East Coast counterparts, we hope to have shed some light on how readers in WA and SA can still make a RTW trip the most comfortable and enjoyable possible.

So start planning your next holiday, Perth and Adelaide residents!

Have you successfully redeemed your Qantas Points for a RTW award and, if so, where did you go?

A special guide for Perth and Adelaide readers: how to use your Qantas Points to fly around the world was last modified: November 13th, 2018 by Nelson Yap