Qantas has announced the first of a series of dedicated frequent flyer redemption flights with seats only available to members redeeming Qantas Points.

The inaugural Points Plane will be an Airbus A380 operating from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) on 21 October 2019, with members able to book seats from this Thursday 16 May.

Qantas says this concept is one of many it’s exploring to reward Qantas Frequent Flyer members and provide more redemption opportunities.

Members will be able to book any seat on board (14 First, 64 Business, 35 Premium Economy and 371 Economy seats) at the standard Qantas Points redemption rate for the route. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum members will all have equal opportunity to secure a booking on dedicated Points Plane flights.

The one-way cost in economy is 35,000 points plus A$182, while in premium economy it’s 54,000 points plus A$257, in business it’s 72,000 points plus A$272 and in first class the cost is 108,000 points plus A$272.

The return Points Plane trip will be on a smaller A330, which will depart Tokyo on October 26. Passengers can also look for alternative award seat options with Qantas or a partner airline.

Qantas says the inaugural Points Plane will have a distinctive inflight service with special on-board experiences including a bespoke cocktail and meal service, signature pyjamas and inflight giveaways.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said that flight redemptions are Qantas Frequent Flyer members’ favourite way to use their Qantas Points.

“This is the first time we have dedicated an entire aircraft – let alone an A380 – to our frequent flyers, and we are expecting to see significant demand for these flights,” Ms Wirth said.

“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.

“Member-exclusive flights mean more redemption opportunities for our members and less time searching for reward seats.

“If this concept is a success, which we think it will be, Qantas hopes to operate more regular Frequent Flyer only flights to other international and domestic destinations in the near future.”

Booking will open 7am (AEST) 16 May 2019 and more information is available here.

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