How to book Qatar's Sydney-Doha A380 flights with Qantas points

By Chris Chamberlin, March 8 2016

With Qatar Airways now flying between Sydney and Doha, the Gulf airline and Oneworld member provides a new way for Sydney-based Qantas Frequent Flyer members to use their points for travel to the Middle East and beyond to destinations across Europe including London, Paris and Rome.

(From May 2016 that opportunity will extend to Adelaide when Qatar starts Adelaide-Doha flights on its new Airbus A350, and of course Qatar is already flying daily from Melbourne and Perth.)

Booking Qatar flights via Qantas

Reward flights on Qatar are easy to book and are listed on the Qantas website alongside flight options for Qantas, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and more – although on the dates we searched, rewards that included the Sydney-Doha leg could only be found in economy, not business class:

As is the custom with newly-launched routes, airlines typically assess how many premium seats they can sell for actual cash on a regular basis before later allowing travellers to book business class seats using frequent flyer points, so expect your options to expand sooner or later.

On a typical journey from Sydney to London or other major points in Europe when reward flights are available, you’d be looking at 75,000 Qantas Points for that one-way trek in economy or 139,000 Qantas Points for business class.

That’s the same number of Qantas Points as to fly with the Roo’s broader web of partners including Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, but is certainly more than the 128,000 Qantas Points needed to book the same trip in business class with Qantas or Emirates via Dubai.

Most travellers will find it hard to justify that 11,000-point premium over Qantas or Emirates. But if award flights are available with Qatar Airways but not with Qantas or Emirates on the dates you need to travel, those extra points can make the difference between getting in the air or not travelling at all.

Qatar’s flights also give passengers a little more flexibility with their schedule, as unlike QF1 to London which currently departs Sydney at 4:45pm, QR909 pushes back at 9:50pm and allows you to get in a full day’s work plus a leisurely dinner on the ground before beginning the journey.

Also read: AusBT review of Qatar Airways Airbus A380 business class

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

GregXL

GregXL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

Total posts 390

The fees make a large difference.  I found J seats for PER-JFK on the same day with QF, CX and QR.  

QF : 128,000 points, $500

CX : 139,000 points, $130

QR : 139,000 points, $680

and CX was quickest by 3 hours.

Mal

Mal

14 Jun 2013

Total posts 360

Good point GregXL, CX would easily be the pick of these and better business class than either Qantas or Qatar.

GregXL

GregXL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

Total posts 390

You can buy the extra 11000 points from QF for $360 which would balance CX and QF, but most people would consider 11000 points to be worth a lot less than that. 

kimshep

kimshep

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 474

"Most travellers will find it hard to justify that 11,000-point premium over Qantas or Emirates."

However, QR is rated a Skytrax 5 star airline, where QF and EK are not.

deanr

deanr

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 May 2015

Total posts 229

Does anybody actually pay attention to Skytrax ratings? I'd take the EK A380 with 1-2-1 seating over a Qatar 777 with an old school 2-2-2 layout any day.

Mal

Mal

14 Jun 2013

Total posts 360

Do some research Kimshep and you'll find out that Skytrax is a scam, the more you pay the more awards you get.


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