The best ways to spend 100,000 Qantas frequent flyer points

The best ways to spend 100,000 Qantas frequent flyer points

Qantas frequent flyer points are incredibly easy to earn within Australia, but how could you best spend 100,000 of those Qantas Points, such as you can fetch when applying for a new American Express Platinum Charge Card?

You’re not limited to spending those points only with Qantas, either: you can also book journeys with Qantas’ web of partners including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines and more, as Australian Business Traveller highlights.

1. Fly Emirates first class to Singapore, Bangkok

Put your points to best use and take flight in Emirates first class for just 90,000 Qantas Points one-way on journeys from Sydney to Bangkok, or from Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore.

Included as part of the deal, pre-flight access to the luxurious Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne – or to the Emirates lounge in Brisbane – plus a private suite with closing doors in the sky, and on Airbus A380 flights, use of the on-board shower spas, too.

Added to that, complimentary chauffeur-driven airport transfers at each end of the journey: and while Emirates doesn’t offer flights from Sydney to Singapore, travellers could instead book British Airways first class between those cities for 95,000 Qantas Points.

AusBT review: Emirates first class, Melbourne-Singapore

2. Jet to Los Angeles or Dubai in business class

A precise 96,000 Qantas Points can have you relaxing in business class on the long flights from Australia’s east coast to Los Angeles or Dubai, one-way – but get in early if you can, as this is a very popular option for travellers and frequent flyer reward seats tend to disappear fast.

In any case, your options include both Qantas and its partner American Airlines to Los Angeles, and either Qantas or Emirates to Dubai: with the same number of frequent flyer points charged across all these airlines.

Subject to availability, that could have you flying aboard Qantas’ Airbus A380s, Boeing 747s or even its upcoming Boeing 787s, AA’s flagship Boeing 777s, or Emirates’ Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s – with the latter also featuring a groovy inflight bar and lounge area for business class passengers.

AusBT review: American Airlines business class, Los Angeles-Sydney

3. Fly Qantas business class to Indonesia, return

One-way tickets certainly have their purpose, but booking a return trip avoids the added cost of a flight home: and when jetting to Jakarta or Denpasar (Bali) with Qantas from Sydney, your 100,000 Qantas Points could take you there and back in business class.

Better yet, aim for Jakarta and you’ll enjoy Qantas’ Airbus A330 Business Suites on the return journey – including a fully-flat bed on the overnight flights home – rather than the domestic-style Boeing 737s that appear on flights to Bali.

AusBT review: Qantas Airbus A330 Business Suite business class

4. Fly round-trip to Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur

For a better-than-economy experience, book Qantas premium economy from Sydney or Melbourne to Hong Kong and back for 90,000 Qantas Points aboard the Roo’s Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s (as offered): that’s just 45,000 Qantas Points per flight!

Or, you could jet to Hong Kong in Qantas ‘regular’ economy for 30,000 Qantas Points, and pair that with a Qantas business class ticket on the flight home for a further 60,000 Qantas Points – again for a total of 90,000 Qantas Points, but with better prospects of a good night’s sleep.

You could also adopt the same economy + business class approach with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong or Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur from Australia’s east coast, with 35,000 Qantas Points spent on the economy flight and 65,000 Qantas Points on business class, maxing out your 100,000 Qantas Points.

AusBT review: Malaysia Airlines business class, Kuala Lumpur-Sydney

5. Upgrade to business class on Australian domestic flights

Upgrading to business class remains one of the best ways to spend your Qantas Points, although does require you to purchase a paid ticket first in order to upgrade it.

On the longest domestic east-west flights such as Sydney-Perth, including on flights offering the Business Suites, ponying up for a flexible economy fare could see you swanning across in business class on up to 10 one-way flights or five return journeys, with each one-way upgrade priced at just 10,000 Qantas Points.

On lower-priced fares, the cost sits at 25,000 Qantas Points per flight under Qantas' new upgrade rates – with 100,000 Qantas Points still fetching upgrades on four one-way flights – while short journeys like Sydney-Melbourne can be upgraded from just 5,000 Qantas Points per flight.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin (ChrisCh)

[email protected] / @ChamberlinChris

Australian Business Traveller journalist Chris Chamberlin lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

6 Comments

  • flyOFTEN

    flyOFTEN

    1 Mar, 2017 03:19 pm

    think Qantas is losing out to Virgin's Velocity programme. Qantas & it's ridiculous fuel surcharges make me wish I'd been collecting Virgin points not Qantas's. Look at flights to LAX from east coast OZ. Same points but Virgin has never aircraft & around $200 in charges versus $700+ with Qantas.

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  • Quentin Kilian

    QJK

    1 Mar, 2017 04:15 pm

    Good luck with using the QF points on most partner airlines.  EK & CX appear on the QF site so can be included but I recently sought a points fare on Malaysian from Darwin to BKK and there is no instance of MAS on the QF site at all.  So using just QF flights one cannot get a QF flight to BKK - all that's offered is Jetstar via Melbourne or Singapore.  So, yes you can use the points for flight...you just may not be able to find flights you want to use them on !
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    1 Mar, 2017 05:15 pm

    Reward flights can indeed be booked on Malaysia Airlines: you just need to phone Qantas to book as they don't appear online. The same applies to JAL, China Eastern and several other partners.
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  • Quentin Kilian

    QJK

    1 Mar, 2017 06:33 pm

    Thanks for that Chris.  Don't suppose there's a site (that you're aware of) that indicates what the points required are for a flight on MAS?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    1 Mar, 2017 06:38 pm

    See Qantas.com. Scroll down to the 'Partner Classic Flight Reward table' which covers MAS and others.
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  • casanovawa

    casanovawa

    1 Mar, 2017 08:49 pm

    That's odd, I recently wanted to book an MH reward KUL-PER and i contacted QF on Facebook saying there were J seats showing available on BA's site and they twice came back and said:
    "Hi {me}, these flights on Malaysian Airlines on ** Jan, have no Classic Reward seats available."

    After i queried again if there was any way to get flights on MH they said:
    "Thanks {me}. This flight has cash seats available but none available for Qantas points.

    At that point I gave thinking QF points couldn't be used to book MH award seats...
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