Qantas Frequent Flyers will now need 30 to 45 per cent fewer points when booking Qantas Holidays and Qantas Hotels (excluding “classic” hotel rewards) as part of an investment aimed at giving members more value.
This permanent improvement makes it more worthwhile to use points for holiday packages and hotels – though you’re still likely to get more value from using points for flights.
Specifically, from today when using Qantas Points frequent flyers will need:
- 45 per cent fewer points when combining accommodation and Qantas or Jetstar flights in one booking across all Qantas Holidays packages
- 30 per cent fewer points across more than 440,000 hotels when booking Qantas Hotels (excluding classic hotel rewards).
In addition, frequent flyers will need 20 per cent fewer points when using Points Plus Pay on flight bookings made before the end of April 2022, for travel up until April 2023.
When booking hotels, you now get around 0.86 cents of value per point, up from around 0.6 cents previously (for example, I just looked up a room that costs $261 per night, which can be paid with 30,307 points. Due to a special offer, that’s actually cheaper than booking it as a classic reward, which costs 33,000 points!).
When booking a holiday package, you can get over 1 cent of value per point – which is actually a decent deal.
Of course, you can get more value from using points for flights, especially in premium cabins. For example, an economy flight from Sydney to Perth costs 18,000 points + $44 as a classic reward. Depending on the cash price of a seat, you’re likely getting 1-2 cents of value per point. Meanwhile, a business class flight from Sydney to Melbourne costs 18,400 points + $40, which means you’re easily getting several cents of value per point, as this fare usually costs at least $600.
If you don’t want to (or can’t) spend points on flights, then hotels and holiday packages are the next best option. You’ll certainly get more value this way than spending points on gift vouchers or at bp.
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