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! This guide will also show the changes in Qantas points required to redeem for an award seat based on the recent overhaul to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
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 live outside of SA and WA, then the main guide is your best source of information, as this 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.
The table shows all current points requirement, with any changes in points due to commence in 18 September 2019 shown in italicised brackets next to the current points requirement.
|Cabin||Perth to London return on Qantas/Emirates||Perth to London return on oneworld partner (Qatar)||Adelaide to London return on Qantas/Emirates||Adelaide to London return with oneworld partner (Qatar)||oneworld Classic Flight Reward|
|Premium Economy||168,000 (189,800)||195,000 (218,000)||192,000 (216,800)||225,000 (249,600)||210,000 (249,600)|
|Business Class||224,000 (253,000)||242,000 (278,400)||256,000 (289,200)||278,000 (318,000)||280,000 (318,000)|
|First Class||336,000 (379,600)||354,000 (398,600)||384,000 (433,800)||406,000 (455,000)||420,000 (455,000)|
|Miles travelled||18,060||18,100||20,654||20,582||Up 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 (253,000/289,200 from 18 September 2019) in Business Class and 336,000/392,000 points (379,600/433,800 from 18 September 2019) in First Class, plus taxes and fees of $450-900.
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 (278,400/318,000 from 18 September 2019) in Business or 354,000/406,000 points (398,600/455,000 from 18 September 2019) 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 (no extra cost from 18 September 2019) in Business Class or 14,000 more (no extra cost from 18 September 2019) in 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 (extra 65,000 points from 18 September 2019) 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re in Perth, you have the added option of flying Qantas direct from Singapore or Qatar Airways from Doha.
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
The following itinerary totals 34,631 miles flown, just under the 35,000-mile maximum, and will cost 280,000 points (318,000 points from 18 September 2019):
- Perth to London with Qantas (first stopover in London)
- London to New York with British Airways or American Airlines (second stopover in New York)
- New York to São Paulo with American Airlines or LATAM (third stopover in Sao Paulo)
- São Paulo to Los Angeles with American Airlines or LATAM (Transit)
- Los Angeles to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific or American Airlines (fourth stopover in Hong Kong)
- Hong Kong to Singapore with Cathay Pacific (fifth stopover in Singapore)
- Singapore to Perth with Qantas
Note that LATAM is leaving the oneworld alliance on 1 October 2020.
Example 2 (Adelaide): 28,000 miles in Business Class
The following itinerary totals 28,505 miles flown, well within the 35,000-mile maximum, and will cost 280,000 points (318,000 points from 18 September 2019):
- Adelaide to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific (first stopover in Hong Kong)
- Hong Kong to Malé, Maldives with Cathay Pacific (second stopover in Malé)
- Malé to Colombo, Sri Lanka with Sri Lankan Airlines (transit)
- Colombo to Delhi with Sri Lankan Airlines (transit)
- Delhi to London with British Airways (third stopover in London)
- London to Vancouver with British Airways (fourth stopover in Vancouver)
- Vancouver to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific (fifth stopover in Hong Kong)
- Hong Kong to Adelaide with Cathay Pacific
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?