More amazing value Qantas ‘Points Plane’ flights on the way

Qantas is set to launch a new series of Points Plane flights, in which every seat end-to-end will be made available for the fewest frequent flyer points.

Developed under the leadership of Olivia Wirth, CEO of Qantas Loyalty, the Points Plane initiative has proven incredibly popular with travelers – tickets are purchased within hours of going on sale – as well as being a seat-filling guarantee for the airline company.

So it’s no surprise that more Qantas Points aircraft are on the way.

“Over five million award seats are available for frequent flyers over the next year and more points-based aircraft will be available soon,” Qantas confirmed in a market update this morning.

There is no indication of which routes might see these dot planes, but dozens of domestic and overseas routes have seen dot plane flights in the post-Covid recovery wave.

What is a Qantas Points aircraft?

On a Qantas Points Plane, each seat is designated as a Classic Flight Reward seat and offered at discounted Classic Flight Reward fares – yes, even Business Class, and if the flight is on an Airbus A380, first class.

In turn, Classic Flight Reward seats require the lowest number of Qantas Points, making them a bargain to grab.

The usual practice of all airlines, including Qantas, is to reserve only a limited number of Classic Flight Reward seats on any given flight, with the remainder being sold at the variable and much higher Any Seat Award fares, which are linked and reflect the actual cash price for each seat.

That’s why it can be so difficult to find a “reward seat” these days: limited capacity and high demand see Classic Flight Reward seats snap up well in advance, while Any Seat Award fares are marketed as an extremely high number of Qantas Points. .

But even in normal times, Any Seat Award fares can easily be triple the number of points for a classic airline reward – thus, when a points-based aircraft performs each seat on the flight available for the same discounted fare, you can see why they are a hit with frequent flyers.

When Qantas announces the sale of a Points Plane flight, each seat is usually sold without hours, starting with the premium cabins of course.

Qantas Points Air Itineraries

Qantas chooses its Points Plane routes based on a number of factors.

One is simply to create a massive surge in bookings, which was the case with an extensive Plane Points domestic promotion in August 2022 for over 1,700 Planes Points on over 30 domestic routes.

The airline also uses Points Planes to promote a return to specific destinations ranging from New Zealand and Noumea to Japan and hong kong.

Finally, Points Planes have become a signature item when launching new routes such as New York, Rome, Bengalaru and Seoul.

In the case of Sydney-New York service, for example, two flights in the first week of the itinerary were booked as points-based aircraft, with one-way business class seats up for grabs for just 144,600 Qantas Points.

Planes Points to New Zealand started from just 18,000 Qantas Points in Economy Class and 41,500 Qantas Points in Business Class.

How to book an award seat on a Qantas Points flight

1. Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account

2. Select your itinerary and find the travel dates you want, making sure they are within the Plane Points promotion limited period (and outside of the blackout dates), and make sure the ” Use points” is checked.

3. When your flight options appear on the next screen, check for Classic Reward seat availability

4. Once you see the flight you want, those Classic Reward seats can go fast, so don’t delay. Forget choosing your specific seat or even appointing a special meal – this can be done later via the Manage Your Booking screen – just dive into payment to reserve those seats.

Each airline has its own rules regarding when to book award flights, including Qantas. Normally, knowing the smallest details of how and when to book with cash and points can help you get the best deal.

Additional reporting by Chris Ashton