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From March 24 2018, Qantas will swap its Airbus A380 Melbourne-Dubai-London flights with a new Melbourne-Perth-London service, which Qantas Frequent Flyer members can book using their hard-earned Qantas Points.
While it marks the end of Qantas first class flights from Melbourne to London, travellers can still use their points to book business class, premium economy and economy on the Roo’s new Australia-London route.
As with other Qantas journeys, you can search for ‘classic flight rewards’ via the Qantas website: just plug in ‘Melbourne to London’ or ‘Perth to London’ and enter your preferred travel date.
Alongside reward opportunities with partner airlines like Cathay Pacific and Emirates, keep your eyes peeled for flight QF9 (or QF10 on the return leg), which will appear if a reward seat is available:
From Melbourne through to London (via Perth), you’ll need 128,000 Qantas Points for a business class ticket, 96,000 Qantas Points for a seat in premium economy and 60,000 Qantas Points to fly in economy.
You’ll also pay an amount on the side in real money which can vary based on your specific route, travel dates and class of service: but for a straight Melbourne-Perth-London trip in business class on QF9, you’re looking at a payment of $620.14 in addition to the points required:
Passengers flying solely from Perth to London will need a lower 112,000 Qantas Points to fly up in business class, 84,000 Qantas Points for a journey in premium economy and 55,000 Qantas Points for a one-way economy flight.
However, there’s a catch: just because you can find a reward flight on the entire Melbourne-Perth-London route doesn’t necessarily mean that the same reward option will be available for a booking solely from Perth to London.
On the dates we searched, we could only find these business class rewards when beginning the journey in Melbourne: searching from Perth, even on the same date, returning nothing at all.
It’s also possible to book only the Melbourne-Perth and Perth-Melbourne segments of these flights using points, although Qantas is not yet releasing any reward availability on QF9/10 purely for domestic travellers, with paid tickets also priced at a premium compared to other flights on the route.