How to book Qatar's Airbus A380 Sydney flights with Qantas frequent flyer points

By Chris C., August 8 2016
How to book Qatar's Airbus A380 Sydney flights with Qantas frequent flyer points

With Qatar Airways now flying between Sydney and Doha, the Gulf airline and Oneworld member provides a great way for Sydney-based Qantas cardholders to use their frequent flyer points for travel to the Middle East and beyond to cities across Europe including London, Paris and Rome.

Better yet, from September 15 2016 that Sydney flight becomes an Airbus A380, complete with eight spacious first class suites in a 1-2-1 layout...

Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 first class
Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 first class

... and an all-new business class cabin offering direct aisle access from every seat (the same experience as you'd find aboard the airline's new Airbus A350 flights from Adelaide).

Also read: Qatar Airways A380 business class review, Doha-London and Photo tour: Qatar’s Airbus A380 first, business class

Let's not forget the inflight bar and lounge area shared by the superjumbo's business and first class travellers, either.

Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 inflight lounge
Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 inflight lounge

Booking Qatar Airways flights via Qantas

Airbus A380 reward flights on Qatar Airways are easy to book and appear on the Qantas website – there's no need to call the Qantas team, unless you've having difficulties.

You can redeem your points for flights in economy, business class and first class, with availability varying from day to day and flight to flight.

On a typical journey from Sydney to London you’d need 75,000 Qantas Points to make the trek in economy, 139,000 Qantas Points for business class or 203,000 points for first class, one-way.

That’s the same number of points as to fly with the Roo’s broader web of partners including Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines – but if first class is what you seek, you'll need to stick to the airline's Airbus A380 flights between Doha and London.

A380 all the way to the UK

At the time of writing, those Doha-London superjumbo legs are flights QR3 and QR9, so you can enjoy first class all the way from Sydney to London.

Business class travellers can also opt for Qatar's Boeing 787 servce (QR15), which has the same business class seat – although the Dreamliner doesn't have the A380's superb inflight bar.

Note that Doha-London flights QR1 and QR5 use the Airbus A330 and QR7 is a Boeing 777, so on those flights you'd be settling for the older, six-across business class layout.

Whichever you choose, Qatar's schedule out of Sydney proves business-friendly but could also help maximise the time spent on your holiday – you can get in a full day's work before pushing back at 9:45pm (10:25pm during daylight savings months) as your journey to Europe begins.

Also read: Photo tour of Qatar’s Airbus A380 first, business class

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Chris C.

Chris is a a former contributor to Executive Traveller.

British Airways - Executive Club

26 Jul 2012

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Can you use Qantas FF points to upgrade?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Nov 2015

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err...possibly refer/read aricle again...

maybe the headline...or the screenshot of the qff booking page?



16 Nov 2011

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err...possibly refer/read theQUESTION and aricle again...

The question was UPGRADE and I see no mention of it in the article or screen shot. Book as a reward flight yes, upgrade no.

24 Apr 2012

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Hi Stephen,

No - you can only use Qantas Points to book Qatar Airways flights, but not to upgrade on those flights.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Mar 2013

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Thanks Chris, much appreciated. I'm thinking of burning some points to go to Europe in August and was going to do QF or EK, If I can do QR I will. Anyone have experience in redemption here?

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