More Qantas ‘Points Plane’ flights on the way

More Qantas ‘Points Plane’ flights are on the way

Qantas is ready to unleash a new series of Points Plane flights, where every seat from top to bottom will be made available for the lowest number of frequent flyer points.

Developed by Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth, the Points Plane initiative has proven incredibly popular with travelers – tickets sell out within hours of sale – while also providing a guaranteed seat for the airline.

No wonder more Qantas Points Planes are on the way.

“More than five million award seats will be available to frequent flyers over the next year and more Points Plans will be released soon,” Qantas confirmed in a market update this morning.

There is no indication of which routes these Points Planes might be seen on, but Points Planes flights have been seen on numerous domestic and overseas routes in the post-Covid recovery wave.

What is a Qantas Points Plane?

On a Qantas Points plane, every seat is designated as a Classic Flight Reward seat and offered at low Classic Flight Reward fares – yes, even in Business Class and, on an Airbus A380, First Class.

Classic Flight Reward seats, on the other hand, require the lowest number of Qantas points, making them a bargain worth snagging.

The standard practice of all airlines, including Qantas, is to only reserve a limited number of Classic Flight Reward seats on any given flight, with the remainder being sold at variable and much higher Any Seat Award fares tied to the award prices for any seats are bound and these reflect the actual cash price for each seat.

This is why finding an “award seat” can be so difficult lately: Due to limited capacity and high demand, Classic Flight Reward seats are sold well in advance, while the Any Seat Award fares boast a staggering number of be marketed in Qantas points.

But even in normal times, Any Seat premium tariffs can be awarded without any problems triple the number of points for a Classic Flight Reward – i.e. when a Points Plane makes every seat With the flight available at the same low price, you can understand why they are popular with frequent flyers.

Normally, when Qantas announces that a Points Plane flight is going on sale, every seat has sold out without hours, starting with the premium cabins of course.

Qantas Points Airline Routes

Qantas selects its Points Plane routes based on a number of factors.

One is to simply create a massive surge in bookings, which was the case with a major domestic Points Plane promotion in August 2022 for more than 1,700 Points Plane on more than 30 domestic routes.

The airline is also using Points Planes to encourage a return to specific destinations ranging from New Zealand and Noumea to Japan and Hong Kong.

Eventually, Points Planes have become a signature element in launching new routes like New York, Rome, Bengalaru, and Seoul.

In the case of the Sydney-New York route, for example, two flights were reserved as Points Planes in the first week of the route, with one-way business class seats up for grabs for just 144,600 Qantas Points.

Points Flights to New Zealand start from just 18,000 Qantas Points in Economy Class and 41,500 Qantas Points in Business Class.

How to book award seating on a Qantas Points Plane

1. Log into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account

2. Choose your route and search for your desired travel dates, make sure they are within the limited time period for the Points Plane promotion (and outside of the blackout dates) and make sure the “Use points” checkbox is ticked is activated

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

4. Once you see the flight you want, those Classic Reward seats can sell out fast, so don’t delay. Forget about selecting your specific seat or even nominating a special meal – this can be done later via the Manage Booking screen – just dive straight into payment to reserve those seats.

Every airline has its own rules on how far in advance award flights can be booked – including Qantas. At regular times to know the finer details how and when to book with cash and points can help you get the best deal.

Additional reporting by Chris Ashton

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