Qantas Launches Australian Points Planes In Time For Summer


Immanuel Debeer | 29/11/2022

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Get ready as Qantas is set to launch some 3,000 dedicated “points planes” to popular tourist destinations within Australia, just in time for the busy summer travel period.

The points plane flights will be released today at 11 AM and will feature 21 routes with seats sold until they run out or until 11 AM on December 2. No doubt most routes will be snapped up quickly based on the previous points plane success Qantas has had.

What are the points plane routes?

  • Sydney: to Hamilton Island, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast, Townsville and Merimbula
  • Melbourne: to Hamilton Island, Devonport Merimbula, Townsville, the Gold Coast and Burnie, Tasmania.
  • Brisbane: to the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island and Townsville
  • Adelaide: to Townsville, Mount Gambier, Kangaroo Island, Whyalla, Port Lincoln and the Gold Coast
  • Perth: to Broome

What are the travel periods?

The points planes will be bookable for travel between the following dates:

  • January 9 to January 22, 2023
  • February 1 to February 28, 2023

When can you book the points planes?

Flights will go on sale today at 11 AM Sydney time and finish at 11 AM Friday, December 2.

How to book a points plane ticket?

Booking your points plane redemption ticket is exactly the same as booking a Qantas Classic Flight Reward. We’ve got an excellent guide on how to book Qantas Classic Flight Rewards here.

All you need to do is:

1: Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account at 11 AM and click the “use points” button to search for flights.

2: Look out for the red award icon, which indicates you’ve found a classic flight reward.

3: Proceed to the checkout, pay the taxes and book your flight using points.

How many points do I need?

The points planes don’t require many points at all. A flight from Sydney to Byron Bay, for example, will only cost you 8,000 Qantas Points for a one-way economy flight and $38 in taxes. A business class ticket for the same flight will set you back 18,400 Qantas Points one way.

Before booking any points flights, make sure you also check the outright cost and see if it makes economic sense to use points for your booking. Sometimes prices are low enough to justify the cash price, in which case you can save up your points for a more expensive international trip (ideally in business or first class).

Summing Up

Make sure you get your points ready, and you’re ready to go at 11 AM to snap up the seats you want! No doubt the popular routes and dates will go quickly! If you’re short on Qantas Frequent Flyer Points, prepare for next time and get one of these excellent Qantas credit card deals here.


Immanuel Debeer

Chief points nerd and travel hacker at Flight Hacks

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