Qantas will make every seat on every flight from Australia to New Zealand and back available with frequent flyer points during the first three days of the quarantine-free travel bubble between the two countries.
With today's announcement that the bubble will start on Monday April 19, the airline has confirmed that all Qantas (and Jetstar) flights through to and including Wednesday April 21 will be treated as 'Points Planes' and every seat made available to Qantas Frequent Flyer members at the super-low Classic Flight Reward rates for redeeming points.
Fly to NZ for just 18,000 points
There's usually only a limited number of Classic Flight Reward seats set aside on any flight, and after those are gone, the number of points needed to book them as what Qantas terms an Any Seat Award jumps dramatically... and because it's based on the cash price of the seat, that number of points can climb higher and higher as seats are sold.
So just how good an opportunity is this? From Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to the likes Auckland and Christchurch, it means you can snare an economy seat for just 18,000 Qantas Points (plus around $160 in fees and taxes).
Book the same flights using an Any Seat Award starts at around 55,000 points – almost three times the amount needed for a Classic Flight Reward – and it can soar close to 110,000 points.
If you'd prefer to cross the ditch in business class, the Classic Flight Reward costs only 41,500 Qantas Points (and around $160 in fees and taxes) compared to 131,600 to 185,900 Qantas Points under an Any Seat Award.
However, every seat on those first three days' of flights will also be available for purchase at the going rates – so would-be travellers will need to move fast, especially as these NZ flights are now on sale.
"50% more reward seats" to follow
"Our members have been stockpiling points during COVID for exactly these opportunities and we want to help make it easier to get on one of the first international flights," reasons Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth.
"That's why every seat on every Qantas and Jetstar flight for the first three days of the travel bubble opening will be Classic Flight Rewards."
After the 72-hour Points Planefest is done, Wirth said she'll add 50% more Classic Reward seats on Qantas’ trans-Tasman flights for the remainder of 2021.
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