Got your heart set on a Japan getaway? Who among us doesn’t! The fine-flying folks at Qantas have unveiled a new way to get yourself to Tokyo for super cheap – if you’re a Frequent Flyer member.
The Qantas Points Plane is a brand-new service that passengers can book exclusively with their Frequent Flyer points.[related_articles]72126,70197,69044[/related_articles]
The inaugural Points Plane, a massive A380, will take off from Melbourne on October 21. Every seat on board can only be booked using Qantas points. Bookings for the flight opened May 16.
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An economy seat will cost you 35,000 Qantas points, Premium Economy is bumped up to 54,000 points, Business will set you back 72,000 points and a First-class seat can be yours for 108,000 points.* There’s also a cash component to cover taxes, fees and carrier charges, but they’re far below the normal cost of one of these flights.
Passengers can book onto a return Points Plane on October 26, redeem seats on a regular service flight, or use points plus pay to book a return flight.
As part of the ticket, passengers will also get special inflight exclusives, like a bespoke cocktail and meal service, Qantas signature pyjamas and other giveaways, as well as all the usual inflight entertainment on Qantas planes.
It’s one of the new rewards the airline is exploring for Frequent Flyer members. Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said that flight redemptions are the most popular way for members to spend their points.
“Four flight redemptions are made every minute and sixty upgrades are confirmed every hour. We know our members love to redeem their points on travel, so we’re excited to be able to give them new ways to access these rewards,” Wirth said in a press release.
“Member-exclusive flights mean more redemption opportunities for our members and less time searching for reward seats.”
If the first Qantas Points Plane voyage is successful, the airline plans to operate more Frequent Flyer-only flights to other destinations.
It’s looking like a pretty lucrative time to become a Frequent Flyer member, which you can do for free (usually $99.50) if you sign up to our AWOL newsletter, by the way!
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*Plus taxes fees and carrier charges. Subject to availability, accurate as at 13 May 2019 date. conditions apply. For more information visit qantas.com/pointsplane.