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Starting next month, Qantas will increase the number of frequent flyer points needed to upgrade from its cheapest economy seats to business class on domestic flights.
From 14 January 2014 travellers on a discount economy ticket will need 25 percent more Qantas Points to sit in the pointy end.
On the shortest flights, where the value of a business class bump-up would be highly questionable anyway, the cost rises from 8,0000 points to 10,000 points.
Turning left when you board the plane for that transcontinental trek between the east and west coasts will now require 20,000 points if you booked a cheap seat, up from today's 16,000 points.
Qantas' discount economy ticket category includes the popular Red e-Deal sales fares, along with Qantas Any Seat Awards booked in X class and Group fares booked in G class.
The number of points needed to upgrade from a standard economy ticket to business class remain unchanged.
Here are the 'before and after' tables, which can also be found on the Qantas website.
Qantas advises that "Domestic Flight Upgrade Awards confirmed until 23:59 (AEST) 13 January 2014, irrespective of the date of travel or when the upgrade was requested will be charged at the lesser rate listed above" – so if you've got some forward bookings in discount economy and want a business class upgrade, it's best to get in now.
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