Points Plane: Qantas unlocks reward flights to Japan, Hong Kong

The moment countless travellers have been waiting for has arrived, and some can even jet off next week.

By Chris Ashton, October 7 2022
Points Plane: Qantas unlocks reward flights to Japan, Hong Kong

Qantas frequent flyers who’ve been storing up their points for a trip to Japan can now unleash the floodgates, with the airline making every economy seat between Australia and Japan from May 11 to June 20, 2023 available at rock-bottom Classic Flight Reward rates.

In addition to those same dates, Jetstar is releasing all economy seats from October 11 to November 30, 2022 as well.

Travellers who prefer the front of the aircraft are also in luck, with Qantas operating two special Points Planes on its Sydney to Haneda route – which will finally take off from October 27 – on May 10. Every seat in all cabins, including business, is bookable as a Classic Flight Reward. 

Sydney-Haneda will initially run three times a week aboard the Airbus A330, with the hotly-anticipated route receiving a boost to seven flights weekly from November. 

Brisbane to Haneda will also restart three times per week from December 2022, while Melbourne returns four-times weekly from March 2023. 

Every seat on almost every flight is available at Classic Flight Rewards rates.
Every seat on almost every flight is available at Classic Flight Rewards rates.

Here are the Qantas Points Plane rates for a Japanese escape: 

Sydney – Haneda (one way)

  • Economy: 31,500 points plus $147.09 taxes, fees and carrier charges
  • Business: 82,000 points plus $197.09 taxes, fees and carrier charges

Brisbane – Haneda (one way)

  • Economy: 25,200 points plus $148.01 taxes, fees and carrier charges

Melbourne - Haneda (one way)

  • Economy: 31,500 points plus $146.95 taxes, fees and carrier charges

On arrival, travellers will be spoilt for choice with a multitude of new things to see and do in Japan, from skyscraping hotels to robot restaurants and dazzling immersive exhibitions. 

teamLab Planets is just one of the reasons to book a trip to Japan.
teamLab Planets is just one of the reasons to book a trip to Japan.

Those planning to fly on Qantas’ low-cost sibling are in luck too, with Jetstar’s Japan rates as follows: 

Cairns - Osaka (one way)

  • Economy: 21,500 points plus $146.58 taxes, fees and carrier charges

Cairns - Tokyo-Narita (one way)

  • Economy: 21,500 points plus 146.58 taxes, fees and carrier charges

Gold Coast - Tokyo-Narita (one way) 

  • Economy: 21,500 points plus $131.45 plus 146.58 taxes, fees and carrier charges

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth says “Australians have been waiting to be able to return to Japan and having access to thousands of reward seats will help our frequent flyers travel to one of their most loved destinations.”

A long-awaited return to Hong Kong

In a generous mood, Qantas is also offering reward seats across all cabins on its first flight back to Hong Kong, with the once-popular route returning from January 30 2023

Also on sale for just five days only, economy seats on that maiden January 30 flight will be available to book as a Classic Flight Reward seat until October 13, unless sold out prior. 

Jetting off from Sydney at 10:15am and arriving into Hong Kong at 4:35pm, the flight has Reward seats at the following rate: 

  • Economy: 25,200 points plus $138  taxes, fees and carrier charges

How to book a reward seat on a Points Plane

1. Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account

2. Select your route and search for your desired travel dates, making sure they’re within the limited period for the Points Plane promotion (and outside of the blackout dates), and ensure the checkbox option to ‘Use points’ is selected

3. When your flight options appear on the next screen, look for Classic Reward seat availability

4. Once you see the flight you want, these Classic Reward seats can go fast, so don’t delay. Forget about choosing your specific seat or even nominating a special meal – that can be done later through the Manage Your Booking screen – just dive straight into making your payment to reserve those seats. 

Every airline has its own rules regarding how far in advance reward flights can be booked – Qantas included. In regular times, knowing the finer details of how and when to book with cash and points can help you get the best deal.