If you are planning or considering travel with Qantas or Jetstar sometime in 2021, now is the time to book. Until 28 May 2021, you’ll enjoy 30% off the points needed for Classic Flight Rewards in both Business and Economy Class! Discounts like this are rare, so be sure to get cracking if you’ve got the points to burn now.

Deal: 30% off Qantas and Jetstar reward seats

Qantas Economy discount promotion March 2019

Eligible routes & cabins

  • All Qantas and Jetstar-operated routes within/between Australia or New Zealand
  • All cabins, including Economy and Business Class
  • Travel from 1 July 2021 to 9 December 2021
  • Book from 10am AEST 24 May 2021 until 11:59pm AEST 28 May 2021

Here is how Qantas describes the offer:

For a limited time, simply book a Classic Flight Reward in either Business or Economy on eligible Qantas and Jetstar operated flights within Australia or New Zealand, or across the Tasman, and you’ll travel further with less points. With 50% more Classic Flight Reward seats available and the option to change or cancel your booking free of charge until 28 February 2022 there’s no time like now to reward yourself.

Hurry, offer ends 11.59pm (AEST) 28 May 2021.

Here are the updated points needed for eligible routes (but taxes are not included):

DistanceQantas EconomyQantas BusinessJetstar Economy
0-600 miles
e.g. Melbourne to Sydney
8,000 pts
5,600 pts
18,400 pts
12,880 pts
6,400 pts
4,480 pts
601-1,200 miles
e.g. Cairns to Brisbane
12,000 pts
8,400 pts
27,600 pts
19,320 pts
9,600 pts
6,720 pts
1,201-2,400 miles
e.g. Sydney to Perth
18,000 pts
12,600 pts
41,500 pts
29,050 pts
14,400 pts
10,080 pts
2,401-3,600 miles
e.g. Perth to Auckland via Sydney
20,300 pts
14,210 pts
57,000 pts
39,900 pts
18,000 pts
12,600 pts

With this promo, it’s a no brainer to book any Qantas domestic or trans-Tasman flights you have your eyes on, particularly those on the Airbus A330 or Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The trans-continental treks from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide to Perth is now only 29,050 points in Business Class, down from 41,500 points – this rate is also true for East Coast to New Zealand flights.

Fly Qantas’ Boeing 787 Business Class between Sydney and Perth for less.

How to take advantage of this promotion

  1. Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account and select Use points to search for your flights
  2. Search for Economy or Business Classic Flight Rewards before 11:59pm AEDT on 28 May 2021 on Qantas or Jetstar-operated flights within or between Australia and New Zealand.
  3. Travel from 1 July 2021 to 9 December 2021

Getting the best value out of this promotion

You may want to aim to get at least 1.90 cents per point value from your Qantas Points, according to our current points valuations. So, if a one-way flight to Auckland costs $225 or 12,600 Qantas Points + $135 in taxes with this promotion, you’d be getting only ~0.7c per point value.

However, if your one-way Sydney to Perth flight in Qantas Business Class, which usually costs $2,572, is booked for 29,050 points and $36 taxes with this promotion, that’s an excellent 8.73 cents per point!

Offer history

Previous promotions have run as follows:

DateDiscount (%)Notes
May 202130Australian and New Zealand flights
February 202030Select flights to New Zealand, Fiji and the US; includes Premium Economy & Business Class
June 201930
March 201930
September 201825
March 201830
December 201750International only
August 201725
May 201725
August 201620

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:

More longer-term, you can earn Qantas Points by:

Summing up

Whilst the best value for redeeming your points is usually found in Business and First Class, there are cases where redeeming your points for Economy Class tickets can make good sense.

Note, though, that these promotions do not take into account the taxes and fees that Qantas charges on reward flight bookings; these are reasonable on domestic flights and a bit higher on trans-Tasman flights.

Frequently asked questions

When does it make sense to use my Qantas Points for Economy Class flights?

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.

Are taxes and fees also discounted?

No, the discount does not extend to the ordinary surcharges and taxes that apply to Classic Flight Reward redemptions.

Can I cancel an existing booking and rebook at the cheaper price?

Yes, you can, but make sure to take into account any change or cancellation fees (may be waived due to COVID-19). If it works out, go for it.

How do I see the discount when I search?

Use the tables provided in our guide to check the pricing and see if it matches the base rate or the discounted rate.

Are partner airlines included?

This promotion covers travel on Qantas and Jetstar.

Can I mix Qantas and Jetstar flights on the same itinerary?

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.

Will I earn points on these flights?

No. As usual, you will not earn any points on award flights unless you are a Points Club member.

Does the discount not apply if I choose the ‘Points Plus Pay’ option?

No, it does not.

This guide was originally written by Matt Moffitt.

30% off Qantas Business Class reward seats was last modified: May 26th, 2021 by Brandon Loo