Your Qantas Points can stretch further, especially when it’s getting Qantas reward seats for less than the price of Jetstar! Until 22 January, enjoy 30% off the points needed for Classic Flight Rewards in Economy Class on Qantas domestic flights, plus Norfolk Island.

Discounts like this don’t come around all that often, so be sure to get cracking if you’ve got the points to burn now.

Deal: 30% off selected Qantas reward seats

Expiry: book by 22 January 2023. Travel from 1 March to 30 June 2023.
  • Valid on all Qantas Australian domestic routes (including Norfolk Island).
  • Travel from 1 March to 30 June 2023 for Qantas flights.
  • Book from now until 11:59 pm AEDT 22 January 2023.
The 30% off discount shows automatically (in this example, it’s usually 12,000 points).

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

DistanceQantas Economy
0-600 miles
e.g. Sydney-Melbourne
8,000 pts
5,600 pts
601-1,200 miles
e.g. Brisbane-Norfolk Island
12,000 pts
8,400 pts
1,201-2,400 miles
e.g. Perth-Sydney
18,000 pts
12,600 pts
2,401-3,600 miles
20,300 pts
14,210 pts

Also, keep in mind that Virgin Australia and Rex often offer sharply-priced fares on domestic routes. It might still be better value to book those than to use your Qantas Points.

To work out the rough value of your points, you can subtract the taxes of the reward fare from the cost of the cash fare, and then divide by the number of points used.

For example, Perth to Sydney is currently 12,600 Qantas Points + $44 one-way in Economy (usually 18,000 points). Virgin Australia’s lowest fare with luggage that day is $319.

That gives your Qantas Points a value of 2.18 cents each for this redemption – higher than our valuation of 1.90 cents each. In this case, using Qantas Points for the discounted reward seat would be a good deal.

Qantas Airbus A330 Economy
If you’re flying Qantas Economy to/from Perth and the eastern states, the Airbus A330 is a better pick than the Boeing 737.

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 Classic Flight Rewards before 11:59 pm AEDT on 22 January 2023.
  3. If you’re searching for an eligible route during a suitable date range, the discounted rates will show automatically.
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Offer history

Previous promotions have run as follows:

DateDiscount (%)Notes
January 202330Qantas domestic routes
June 202230Selected international routes on Qantas and Jetstar
November 202130Australian domestic flights on Qantas and Jetstar
May 202130Australian and New Zealand flights
February 202030Select flights to New Zealand, Fiji and the US; includes Premium Economy & Business Class

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:

In the longer-term, you can earn Qantas Points by:

Summing up

While 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 don’t 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 discounted price?

Yes, you can, but make sure to consider any change or cancellation fees. It normally costs 6,000 Qantas Points (per person) to cancel a reward seat booking.

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?

If you mix Qantas and Jetstar flights, the whole itinerary will be priced at the higher Qantas rate.

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 Economy domestic reward seats was last modified: August 25th, 2023 by Brandon Loo