QF/JQ Redemption-Ability to use points 100%

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mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 342

Just checking if QF/JQ offer the option of redeeming tickets 100% using points or do all their tickets on redemption have to have a component of money rather than points? Just checked VA, they seem to give you both options, which is nice.


Dredgy

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Apr 2017

Total posts 164

You can, but it's insanely bad value. Points+Pay is what it's called - just slide it all the way to 100%. (Sorry, on Qantas's new site, on the top right of the search results, press "use points".

Classic rewards are much better value, but you do have to pay tax on top of them.

Last editedby Dredgy at Apr 16, 2018, 06:04 PM.

Michael Kao

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 Nov 2014

Total posts 151

I think he meant that with VA saver awards, you can use points to pay for the taxes instead of cash (it's a bad value by the way).


QF charges fuel surcharges which is usually a couple of hundred dollars more. So, no, you can't use points to pay for taxes and charges with QF. But it wouldn't have been good value if it like the VA rate.

brinkers

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Jun 2011

Total posts 225

There's a slider (at least on domestic) that you can use on the Qantas site.

As an example, a Qantas Business redemption PER-MEL is 36,000 points + $36.51

You can opt pay the cash component with points, and in this case the total in points is 41,400 Points.

mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 342

I see the point regarding poor value. I have plenty of points and barely use them. Are you guys saying the points value for the surcharges is poor value or the whole thing is?

Michael Kao

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 Nov 2014

Total posts 151

For classic award it's good value. For ASA, it's poor value.

For surcharges , it's poor value.

Sorry, I didn't know about the slider. My fault. (Maybe I never bothered to look at it.) But take the above example. You can do 36000 points + $36.51 or 41400 points for one way business east coast to PER, which often retails for over $1500. At 36000 points it's very good value. You are getting > 4c/pt. But for the surcharge bit, you pay extra 5400 points to save $36.51, you are getting < 0.7c/pt. That's really poor value.

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