Qantas offers frequent flyer points rebate on international flights

By David Flynn, January 24 2014
Qantas offers frequent flyer points rebate on international flights

Heads up: Qantas is offering a 'points rebate' on international flights booked as Classic Awards, with up to 24,000 Qantas Points landing back into your account.

The promotion, which is open to all Qantas Frequent Flyers, covers Qantas-operated international flights.

Codeshares such as Emirates flights are not included, however: you'll need to be sure the flight number is between QF1 and QF199.

Your Classic Award flight has to be booked by February 28 and flown by March 31 and to be eligible for the points rebate you have to register before you make the booking: click through to this page on the website to sign up.

The number of points in the rebate will vary according to the distance flown: for example, an economy Classic Award from Sydney to Los Angeles return will net you 16,000 Qantas Points.

Considering that the award flight would cost you 96,000 points (plus $838.42 in fees and surcharges), that's not a bad get-back.

Here's a set of examples from Qantas:

If you redeem your points on a free flight for family members they'll each get the points rebate, as long as their frequent flyer number is included in the booking.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

15 Jan 2014

Total posts 4

Would anyone actually part with a whopping 96,000 points + $840 in taxes for a return economy ticket SYD-LAX? I find that astounding. For comparison, Air New Zealand are currently offering the same ticket for $1100 cash return. You get to keep all your points and earn more. Qantas' surcharges have surely gotten beyond a joke. 

01 Feb 2012

Total posts 370

Yeah.. Crazy. That's like half the price of a discount economy ticket.


12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1479

I have figured it out ages ago - it is simply wasting of your hard earned points if you spend them on anything exept of business tickets. Ah, you may do so on first one as well :-)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Nov 2011

Total posts 244

Agree - I saw that and was astounded by the tax and surcharges! really does not make Y classic awards redemption any attractive!

I've always been a fan of Velocity with SYD-LAX Y Rewards flight redemption with tax and surcharge about $200 which is more attractive compared to QF.

Shame I am about to book SYD to YUL via DFW with QF Y redemption one way but not entitled for the points rebate as I don't fly until Sept 2014.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1379

Agree that the taxes and surcharges (basically an arbitrary airline charge) make the benefit of redeeming an award in international Y less attractive.

I also think these charges, and thus attractiveness, directly contribute to the attractiveness and thus value of QFF and serve as a warning to anyone thinking about investing/buying it if QF chooses to sell it.

Personally, getting Status Credits on these award flights is more attractive than a points rebate.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1248

I'd certainly take a status credit bonus over a points rebate.


03 Sep 2013

Total posts 3

That surchange is very steep.... i have never paid more then $100.00 each way when redeeming reward seats VA SYD-LAX, and more than happy to use the Star Alliance 1st class lounge :) Glad i made the switch and have remained loyal, as Macker said you can often get an NZ fare for not much more then the cost of the qantas reward one... hardly seems rewarding Qantas. 

I tried to find Business seats to a number of destinations to be shown flight with an "i" (for information), beside them. Turns out it is only the domestic part in Business not the longhaul part.  I am saddend to say that I hardly ever consider QF any longer. I am a lifetime Gold but for anyone travelling Business or First, that means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

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