Bali is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Australians with many low-cost and full-service airlines bringing plane-loads of people to the Indonesian city every day.

Qantas Points can be used to reach Bali flying either Qantas or Jetstar. Most of the time, Business Class is available on both airlines, which ranges from lie-flat seats on the Airbus A330s from Sydney to reclining seats on all other flights.

Jetstar has very few frequent flyer program partners, so Qantas Points is the best currency by far for redeeming with Jetstar, when it comes to availability of points and ease of redemption.

Jetstar inflight entertainment screen

For now, this guide is ignoring Virgin Australia and Velocity Points – we cover redemption options there in a separate guide. Qantas and Jetstar redemptions are the only way to use your Qantas Points for direct flights between Australia and Bali.


Routes and aircraft used to Bali with Jetstar and Qantas

From Sydney, both Qantas and Jetstar fly to Denpasar daily with an Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 respectively. This is the only lucky city to be wholly served with widebody aeroplanes.

From Melbourne, Jetstar rules the roost from Melbourne with their Boeing 787’s flying up to twice daily to Denpasar (that’s 14 flights a week). Qantas has a Boeing 737 flying daily. From Brisbane, Jetstar again operates a Boeing 787 every day.

From Perth, you will find Jetstar operating at least two flights per day, and some days three, on an Airbus A320. From Adelaide, Jetstar has 12 flights a week, meaning most days have two flights.

From Darwin and Cairns, Jetstar operates 3 to 4 flights weekly, again on an Airbus A320.

Flights - Bali to Australia
Red = Qantas and Jetstar routes. Orange = Jetstar routes only.

What to expect on the Qantas and Jetstar flights to Bali

Qantas operates a direct flight from Sydney using an Airbus A330 with the lie-flat suites Business Class product and one from Melbourne with a domestic-style Boeing 737, while Jetstar operate either Boeing 787-8s or much smaller Airbus A320s which both only have reclining seats.

Qantas 737 plane
Qantas Boeing 737
Qantas Airplane on tarmac

Qantas Airbus A330

The Airbus A330s are only seen from Sydney to Bali (Denpasar) and Jakarta. Economy is a comfortable 2-4-2 seating while there are 28 Business Suites.

Qantas New A330 Domestic Business Class | Point Hacks
The view from Qantas’ Boeing 737 Business Class

Qantas’ Boeing 737’s have 12 Business Class recliner seats in a 2-2 configuration and the remaining seats as Economy Class in a 3-3 configuration. Both Business and Economy seat size are the same as on domestic flights around Australia (i.e, relatively narrow and tight compared to widebody international aircraft).

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The view from Qantas’ Boeing 737 Business Class

Jetstar’s 787’s have much larger and generally more comfortable twin-aisle cabins, so even though there are many more people on board, in both Economy and Business Class, there is a greater feeling of space than a Qantas Boeing 737. 

These Dreamliners fly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Bali. Read our overview of the Jetstar 787 here.

Jetstar 787 Economy Cabin
Jetstar 787 Economy Cabin
Jetstar 787 Business Class Cabin
Jetstar 787 Business Class Cabin

The service between Qantas and Jetstar will, of course, be quite different. Qantas in Economy offers meals and drinks, while almost every option is a paid-for purchase with Jetstar.

In Business Class, Qantas’ meals are generally more appealing than with Jetstar Business Class, which also includes all food and beverages.

The last type of aircraft you could encounter is Jetstar’s Airbus A320s, which fly from Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and Perth. These are all-Economy aircraft in a 3-3 seating. Expect to be packed in like sardines unless you pay for an exit-row seat.

Jetstar A321 Economy Class
Economy on Jetstar’s Airbus A321 (similar to the Airbus A320 that flies to Bali)

Qantas Points Redemption Pricing to Bali

Due to the Qantas changes announced in June 2019, the points required to redeem for Economy and Business Class have now changed. The Qantas Points needed for Economy have gone down in most cases, while Business Class points have increased in all cases. Carrier charges have gone down.

As of late 2019, here are the one-way points needed per passenger for Qantas and Jetstar flights to Bali or back. Taxes and surcharges are extra and depend on each route.

 Qantas EconomyQantas Business
Melbourne to Bali20,300 points57,000 points
Sydney to Bali20,300 points57,000 points
 Jetstar EconomyJetstar Business
Melbourne to Bali18,000 points42,400 points
Sydney to Bali18,000 points42,400 points
Brisbane to Bali18,000 points42,400 points
Cairns to Bali14,400 pointsn/a
Adelaide to Bali14,400 pointsn/a
Perth to Bali14,400 pointsn/a
Darwin to Bali9,600 pointsn/a

As a rough guide, a one-way Business Class seat from Sydney to Bali would cost you 57,000 Qantas Points and $197 AUD in taxes, which is still rather high.

Business Class - Sydney to Bali

Summing Up

There’s no clear winner for how to redeem your Qantas Points on flights to Bali – it will come down to which airline has availability for the number of passengers you want to book for, closest to the dates you want to travel.

For Sydneysiders: Qantas Economy isn’t that much more than Jetstar Economy, so you might as well fly Qantas for the full-service experience. Qantas Business Class costs 14,600 points more than Jetstar, but you get the A330 Business Suite and full Business Class experience including the lounge, so it’s worth it.

For Melbournians: Once again Qantas Economy is only 2,300 points more and you’ll get a much nicer experience, so that’s worth it. But Business Class is harder to decide, as the domestic Boeing 737s only have recliners which are nearly the same as Jetstar. In this case, the 14,600 points price difference might be too much and you may be better off settling for Jetstar Business Class.

People living in Brisbane do at least have the option of Business Class on Jetstar’s Boeing 787. For everyone else: Jetstar’s Airbus A320 Economy is your only option for flying to Bali with Qantas Points. 

However, given Jetstar’s cash fares can get very low during sale periods, you need to ensure the taxes that come with points redemptions are factored in. 

For example, Perth to Denpasar’s one-way surcharges is $121 in Jetstar Economy. But if you found a $99 sale fare (which do exist), you would be using 14,400 Qantas Points and paying more in taxes for an award flight than the actual sale fare itself! Needless to say, this is absolutely terrible value.

So, as we often say here on Point Hacks, look for redemptions with otherwise high cash prices – e.g. around or during peak periods, but for which you will need to plan ahead to snag those classic award seats.

As one final option, Virgin Australia flies to Bali from Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne (from 29 March 2020) and Sydney with its domestic Boeing 737 fleet, which has a Business Class cabin of 8 seats and a full-service Economy cabin. The number of Velocity Points needed for this option is less than Qantas but more than Jetstar. You can learn more about it in our separate guide here.

How to redeem Qantas Points for flights from Australia to Bali was last modified: January 20th, 2020 by Evin Tan Khiew