If your frequent flyer points balance is starting to look like it could be a phone number, a new Qantas service could be just the answer to burning them on something you’ll truly value.
Qantas members with over one million points in their account are now being invited to spend their haul on just about any product – including luxury goods, watches, sports equipment or even a car. Points Club Plus members are also eligible.
“This gives some of our most loyal members a one-time chance to go big and use their points on something that they have never been able to before,” explains Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth, herself no stranger to a smart pair of Louboutins.
How does it work? Basically, anything with a cash value of between $5,500 and $37,500 is fair game.
Once you’ve got your heart set on that special something, a Qantas representative will provide a ‘points quote’ – and if you choose to go ahead, the airline will facilitate payment for the item on your behalf.
(Qantas Points are often considered Australia’s de facto currency after the dollar itself, and this arrangement pretty much ends the argument.)
The redemption has to be a physical product, not a service: here are some examples provided by Qantas of eligible items.
- Luxury designer bags and luggage
- Jewellery, accessories and watches
- Sport equipment, electronics and appliances
- Cars, bikes or a yacht
- Musical instruments
- Homewares and home furnishings
Qantas Club members have redeemed a staggering 2.5 billion points in just October alone, with a booking frenzy kicked off soon after it was announced that international travel would resume from November 1.
Think you can come up with something more original than spending a million Qantas Points on 641 Laguiole Oyster Knives or five Smeg Dolce and Gabbana edition toasters? Let us know what luxury goods you'd spend millions of points in the comments below: the best 3 answers will each win a Qantas lounge invitation to be used in the next 12 months.
Also See: Our Qantas Points Calculator to calculate points
Terms & Conditions: One Complimentary Lounge Invitation will be assigned to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account. Visit the Complimentary Invitations Portal to view your invitation. Once linked to an Eligible Flight, Complimentary Lounge Invitations are accepted, subject to capacity at the time of visit. Access to Qantas lounges are subject to the Qantas Club Terms and Conditions and Complimentary Lounge Invitation Terms and Conditions. One Complimentary Lounge Invitation can be used per customer, to access a Qantas Club or Qantas operated International Business lounge, when their next onward flight on the same day is with a Qantas (QF) or Jetstar (JQ, 3K or GK) flight number on their ticket. Complimentary Lounge Invitations are not valid for Qantas International First lounges, Qantas Chairmans Lounges, Qantas Domestic Business lounges, or oneworld alliance Partner or Associated lounges, and must be used prior to their expiry. Temporary measures have been put in place such as lounge capacity restrictions, physical distancing requirements, changes to our food and beverage service offerings, and lounge operating hours. Qantas International First, International Business, Partner and Associated lounge access remains closed until further notice. Please be advised that lounges are subject to capacity at the time of your visit and remember to check our airport service changes page for the most up-to-date information on lounge openings and updates.