How To Fly One Of The Last Qantas Boeing 747 Flights


Immanuel Debeer | 26/08/2019

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Qantas is set to retire its entire fleet of Boeing 747’s next year, but frequent flyers and AVGEEK’s are in for a treat with the final goodbye flight being scheduled as a “points plane” from Sydney to Los Angeles on October 13, 2019. All this comes as Qantas moves away to the more fuel-efficient B787.

How to book?

There’s only one week to book your seat on the jumbo jet, Qantas Frequent Flyers have from now until midnight September 2 to book their seat on what will be the last flight of the “Lord Howe Island” Boeing 747-438 (before it moves on to another airline for a second life) registration VH-OJU.

Bookings are open on the Qantas Frequent Flyer website and exclusive to members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, who have enough points to make a classic flight award redemption.

(Learn all about Qantas Classic Flight Rewards here)

How many points?

Qantas is allowing passengers to book all the seats on the plane, only using their points with the following cabins up for grabs:

  • Points Required For Economy: 41,900 + $204.62 in taxes
  • Points Required For Premium Economy: 72,000 + $404,62 in taxes
  • Points Required For Business Class: 96,000 + $479.62 in taxes

Of course, these are prices for one way only, and since there’s no “points plane” back, you will need to find award space or revenue tickets on another flight.

For great sign up deals, check out our frequent flyer credit card page!

What are the seats like?

The 747 still runs the older configuration of Qantas Business Class seats and Premium Economy.

In economy you can expect:

  • 78.7cm (31in) seat pitch with seat width up to 44.9cm (17.7in) and 15.2cm (6in) recline
  • single beam seat design provides greater legroom
  • innovative netted footrest for extra leg support
  • articulating seat base and ergonomic cushions
  • larger 26.9cm (10.6in) touch screen monitor
  • power access and USB port
  • blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, music and digital games.

In Premium Economy, you can expect:

  • private cabin with dedicated Cabin Crew
  • 96.5cm (38in) seat pitch with 49.5cm (19.5in) seat width and 22.8cm (9in) recline
  • adjustable headrest and integrated leg rest with fold-out footrest
  • larger 26.9cm (10.6in) in?arm touch screen monitor
  • cocktail table
  • noise-cancelling headphones, power access and USB port
  • the latest movies, hit TV shows, music and digital games.

In Business Class you can expect:

  • seat transforms into a fully flat Skybed – 60.9cm (24in) bed width
  • 203.2cm (80in) seat pitch and bed length
  • powerful back massage feature
  • enhanced privacy divider
  • soft leather armrests
  • larger 30.7cm (12.1in) in-arm entertainment screen
  • additional personal storage
  • PC power access and USB port
  • over 1600 entertainment options.

Immanuel Debeer

Chief points nerd and travel hacker at Flight Hacks

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