Earn double Qantas Points on international flights until 7 May 2018

Qantas is offering double Qantas Points on eligible international Qantas and Emirates flights booked with a QF flight number.

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Qantas is offering double Qantas Points on eligible international Qantas and Emirates operated flights booked with a QF flight number.

Eligible flights include:

  • Qantas operated international flights with a QF flight number* between Australia and New Zealand, Singapore, Bangkok or London, or;
  • Emirates operated international flights with a QF flight number* between Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa or the UK.

To participate in this offer, simply register on the Qantas website and make a booking before midnight on 7 May 2018 for travel between 21 May 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Fly to San Francisco on the Qantas 787 Dreamliner

Qantas have started selling air fares for their new Melbourne to San Francisco Boeing 787 service that commences on 1 September 2018.

Qantas have started selling air fares for their new Melbourne to San Francisco Boeing 787 service that commences on 1 September 2018. The new route, flying 4 times per week, offers an evening departure and arrival into San Francisco. 

This change means the existing Melbourne to Los Angeles 787 service, Qantas’ first Dreamliner service, will drop to 2 times per week, complimented by the city’s existing daily A380 service to Los Angeles.

In addition to selling fares, reward seat bookings are also available. At the moment, there’s still a solid amount of reward seats to pick from. These probably won’t last so get in quick!

Whilst it’s good to see more direct Qantas services to great American cities such as San Francisco, I am more excited to see what USA/European cities they might begin serving from Brisbane.

Buy shares with IG and earn Qantas Points

Currently, if you open a Share Trading account with IG and place a trade you can receive 10,000 bonus Qantas Points.

Currently, if you open a Share Trading account with IG and place a trade you can receive 10,000 bonus Qantas Points. Up until now, all of my ASX trading has been done via the CommSec platform. In comparison, IG offers lower trading rates at $8 per trade and the ability to earn Qantas Points. You can earn 25 Qantas Points for each domestic trade and 50 Qantas Points for all international trade.

Since interest rates are fairly low at the moment, putting money into shares is something that I am considering more and more at the moment.

The only downside to IG is that the shares are not actually held in your name; they’re all held by a single IG controlled entity. This is fine as long as IG never goes out of business. With CommSec the shares are actually issued directly to you, so there is less risk.

If you’re thinking about making a trade seek financial advice.

Qantas giving away 30 million Qantas Points in October

Qantas Frequent Flyer is giving away 30 million Qantas Points during October 2017.

It’s not too late to join Qantas Frequent Flyer’s 30 million Qantas Points giveaway. Simply download the Qantas Assure app and tap on the ’30M Points Giveaway’ promotion. This works even if you don’t have an eligible Qantas Assure health insurance policy. 

You’ll be rewarded with 30 Qantas Points each day you take more than 8,000 steps, as measured by your connected Apple Watch or Fitbit. That’s a total of around 900 Qantas Points up for grabs if you complete all the challenges.

Good luck and get stepping!

Double Qantas Points on flights to Europe

Qantas is offering double points on bookings made before 9 September 2017 for travel to Europe.

Qantas is offering double points on bookings made before 9 September 2017 for travel to Europe between 18 September 2017 and 6 September 2018 on eligible flights.

The offer is for Qantas marketed flights with a QF flight number, operated by Qantas or Emirates.

Qantas has announced its Australia to London A380 flights will operate via Singapore from March 2018, news which has delighted many frequent flyers including myself. Also launching in March 2018 is their new Qantas 787 Dreamliner service direct from Perth to London.

To participate, simply register on the Qantas website and make a booking.

Qantas bonus Status Credits on flights to Hong Kong

The competition is intensifying on flights between Australia and Hong Kong with the recent arrival of Virgin Australia. For the next 7 days, Qantas is offering 50% extra Status Credits on new bookings.

The competition is intensifying on flights between Australia and Hong Kong with the recent arrival of Virgin Australia. For the next 7 days, Qantas is offering 50% extra Status Credits on new bookings for travel between 23 August 2017 and 18 February 2018.

To participate, simply register and make a new booking between 23 and 29 August 2017, for travel between 23 August 2017 and 18 February 2018. Don’t forget to include your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number in your booking.

The 50% bonus Status Credits offer is valid on eligible flights between Australia and Hong Kong with a QF flight number (QF29/30, QF97/98, QF117/118 or QF127/128) on the ticket

Register on the Qantas website.

Qantas reward seat availability for Bronze vs Gold members

Qantas, along with many other premium airlines, reserves reward seat space for its most loyal frequent flyers. How does this actually work in practice?

Qantas, along with many other premium airlines, reserves reward seat space for its most loyal top tier frequent flyers. This is an advertised benefit of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for Silver members and above. The QFF website states Silver/Gold/Platinum members receive “preferential access to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats”. In theory, Platinum members get the most availability, followed by Gold and then Silver.

So how does this actually work in practice?

Quite well actually. And it’s an advantage of Qantas Frequent Flyer over Velocity Frequent Flyer who doesn’t offer any extra availability for reward space in premium cabins for top tier fliers.

Example: Sydney to Johannesburg

Let’s assume we want to fly Business Class from Sydney to Johannesburg in June 2018. A search using a Qantas Gold Frequent Flyer account revealed the following direct flights were available to redeem:

 Gold: Qantas Business Class reward seat space from SYD to JNB in June 2018
Gold: Qantas Business Class reward seat space from SYD to JNB in June 2018

As shown in the table, the search returned 7 flights during the month with one or more Business Class seats available.

Repeating the search using a Qantas Bronze Frequent Flyer account had the following results:

 Bronze: Qantas Business Class reward seat space from SYD to JNB in June 2018
Bronze: Qantas Business Class reward seat space from SYD to JNB in June 2018

As you can see, Qantas is following through on its advertised benefit of withholding reward space for top tier frequent flyers. Some may argue that this is unfair for people who have worked hard to stockpile large points balances, but I would also say that Qantas should focus on rewarding its most loyal members, and that is Gold/Platinum fliers.

As always, your best chance with Qantas reward seats is to get in early and keep checking.