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.