Is QF domestic business class worth it?

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Jan 2013

Total posts 108

Is QF domestic business class worth it? I'd probably be only buying the upgrade using points and for longer trips like MEL to CNS.


QantasFF Platinum

Member since 16 Feb 2012

Total posts 133

Depends what is valuable for you. I recommend to check your flight details to see if dining is included as dinner / breakfast etc, or refreshment.

For short haul sector, you may ask yourself  if its justifable $700 flight in at the quieter end of the plane enjoying cauliflower soup and sourdough for a 55min afternoon flight.  


VA Platinum

Member since 26 Mar 2014

Total posts 88

Like Charlieg just mentioned, its definitely a matter of personal opinion.

I personally believe domestic J class, either on QF or VA, is only worth it if you use points or complimentary upgrades (In VA platinum case) for longer sectors, like East - West coast, or MEL/SYD/BNE to DRW or CNS.

Other than that I would say points are best saved for international upgrades or reward seats.

Again however, that is only my personal preference.



Member since 17 Dec 2013

Total posts 18

I'm with Gian on this

And it helps if it's a dinner/lunch flight


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Sep 2013

Total posts 376

Sure, if your company pays for your travel.


Member since 12 Feb 2014

Total posts 61

IMO, not worth it on the shorter legs.

Interesting to see that Air NZ has done away with domestic business and international first classes and is making a tidy profit that it reinvests in new planes. Perhaps Qantas should consider the same for all flights under three hours. Is business class justified on short haul? Or would they lose key corporate custom to Virgin? It would simplify the business model and cut costs allowing them to focus on providing better service and perhaps bring forward key aircraft investment decisions.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

It's all about value for money !! If you are used to luxury and being pampered then you pay the money and enjoy the service.if money is tight forget domestic buisiness and wait till you can .if you are young and have young children forget domestic buisiness as it's to costly .if you have worked hard all your life and are successful you may fly Buisness all the time it's all about horses for courses and the final decision is yours! 

Phil Young


Member since 22 Oct 2012

Total posts 250

Jono, you think a flight MEL-CNS is a long trip.  Don't waste your points on such a trip.  Just endure it.

Keep your points for a seriously long-haul flight such as LAX or LHR.  That's when you'll really appreciate an upgrade.  Similarly, if one can afford to pay cash for a premium cabin, it's better to keep your cash for the long-haul flights.

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