A few months ago Qantas launched the ‘Points Plane’ initiative where every single seat on select flights could be booked using Qantas Points.

The first Points Plane was an A380 service to Tokyo, and the second a Boeing 747 flight to Los Angeles.

For its third iteration, Qantas is trying something different.¬†This time, every available seat on Jetstar flights departing from Cairns or the Gold Coast to Japan (return or one way), and Jetstar Japan’s network, can be booked as a Classic Flight Reward with Qantas Points for travel from 12 November 2019 to 12 December 2019.

This includes both economy and “business class” seats, and you can actually fly from anywhere in Australia if you can find a domestic connection from your hometown to Cairns or the Gold Coast. Here are the costs.

You can actually mix classes if you have a domestic leg in economy. For example, Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) can be done via Cairns, with MEL-CNS in economy and CNS-NRT in business class, at a cost of 57,600 Qantas Points plus $285 one-way.

Jetstar flies the passenger-friendly Dreamliner on the Australia-Japan routes. In economy you’ll find the standard 3-3-3 layout, while business class sports a 2-3-2 layout with recliner seats – so it’s more akin to premium economy with a full service airline.

Jetstar 787 business class seats

Overall I don’t think this is an exciting use of points, especially for economy, but if you really want to fly to Japan later this year (eg. to catch the start of the ski season) and have Qantas Points to burn, it’s an option to consider.

Bookings are open until 17 September 2019 and you can find out more on Qantas’ website here.

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