220K Qantas Points, how to spend them

By AB7 | Jul 27, 2017, 10:58 PM
Hi All,

Long time viewer, first time poster. I currently have 220K Qantas points and looking for ideas on the best way to spend them. I'm based in Perth and would ideally would like to use them for a trip to Ireland in business class but using classic rewards there's only approx. one business class flight every 6 weeks which isn't ideal. So I'm looking for other options on how to make the most of them. My partner would also be travelling with me so I can't spend them all on myself :-)
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By AllyH | Jul 27, 2017, 11:23 PM
In February I booked a trip for October, 196k Qantas points DRW-SIN-DXB-MUN rtn on Emirates business (from Singapore, have to make do with Jetstar between Darwin and Singapore). I followed previous advice of be flexible with dates and travel off-peak and you'll have a better chance.
You can use Qantas points on One World partners - perhaps you need to be a bit more creative with your route? 
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By Michael Kao | Jul 27, 2017, 11:30 PM
220k isn't quite enough for business class for 2 from PER to EU return I'm afraid. It might be just about enough for 2 one ways. So you can consider flying one way in business and another one way in LCC like Air Asia (as most one ways with full service airline will be very expensive).

In terms of availability, you need to book well in advance. If you are looking at the next 6 months you are unlikely to find seats, although some airlines like CX release last minute seats about 2 weeks out. If you look at about 10-11 months out the availability should be better. 

Be flexible with your dates and destinations. It might not be easy to find flights to DUB but if you look at other major EU ports like LHR or CDG you might have more luck. Then buy a cheap connecting flight to DUB. 

Good luck!
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By mcglynp | Jul 31, 2017, 09:46 AM
So you really only have 110K points,  if you need to cover 2 people.   Which is probably not going to cover much of the way to Ireland.   In terms of availablity,  I have in the past found using Qantas Pts for Emirates out of Singapore to be really useful. Getting to Singapore from Australia is cheap, and you can do day flights to and from.   So you can certainly go out in business and back in Economy to Dublin with Emirates from Singapore.  But you are looking at about 140K each for that option.  Flying business out of DXB to Dublin would be cheaper,  but the return flight from Aus to DXB will not be much less than just flying all the way to Dublin and collecting the points. 

I would say keep building your points total..  get up to about 300K then look at options from Singapore. 


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By akronflyer | Aug 03, 2017, 07:47 PM
We only use our points  for upgrades, out of the last 7 requests   6 have been granted
 
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