Get 30% off select Qantas redemptions to Australia

A guide to Qantas redemption discount promotions

GUIDE: Using Points
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME TO READ: 4 minutes
POSTED: February 12, 2020
UPDATED: February 12, 2020
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Qantas Frequent Flyer

If you are planning or considering travel with Qantas or Jetstar at some point this year, this is a great opportunity to get good value from your Qantas Points.

These promotions tend to run every 3-6 months and are valuable for those travelling during peak periods and/or as a family or group. The last time we saw a promo like this was in June last year. A 30% discount is the average that is offered.

What is unique in this promotion is that Business and Premium Economy redemptions are also included on some routes. Discounts are usually restricted to Economy Class travel.

Current Qantas, Jetstar & Fiji Airways discount offer

Qantas Redemption Promotion Banner

Here is how Qantas describes the offer:

Take 30% off the Qantas Points required for a Classic Flight Reward on eligible Qantas, Jetstar and Fiji Airways operated flights across multiple cabins# to select destinations. Hurry, offer ends 10.59pm (AEDT) 19 February 2020. Conditions apply.

Eligible routs & cabins

OriginDestination/sAirline/sCabins
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & AdelaideAuckland, Christchurch, Queenstown & WellingtonQantas & JestarEconomy, Premium Economy & Business
Sydney, Melbourne & BrisbaneFijiQantas, Jetstar & Fiji AirwaysEconomy & Business
BrisbaneSan FranciscoQantasEconomy & Premium Economy

Some readers have noticed that there may be a system glitch that is discounting redemptions on other routes by 30% too. Some have had success booking discounted flights to Hong Kong and Johannesburg, for example.

Please note, the discount doesn’t apply to taxes, fees and carrier charges.

Recommended redemptions

  • Auckland to Sydney in Qantas Premium Economy for 21,700 points + NZ$86
  • Auckland to Sydney in Qantas Business for 29,000 points + NZ$86
  • Auckland to Adelaide in Qantas Business via Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane for 29,000 points + NZ$86

Note that Fiji Airlines routes direct from New Zealand are not discounted, only those routes flown from Australian cities.

Qantas A330 Business Class Cabin
If booking a flight to Australia, try to redeem via Sydney so you can experience the Qantas A330 Business Class Cabin

How to take advantage of this promotion

  1. Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account and select Use points to search for your flights
  2. Book an Economy Classic Flight Reward before 10:59pm AEDT on 19 February 2020 on Qantas-, Jetstar- or Fiji Airways-operated flights with a QF, JQ or FJ flight number
  3. Travel before 31 December 2020

Getting the best value out of this promotion

You may want to aim to get at least 2.1 cents per point value from your Qantas Points (according to our valuations).

So, if a return flight from Auckland to Melbourne in Economy costs $399 or 25,200 Qantas Points + $256 in taxes with this promotion, you’d be getting a terrible ~0.6c per point value.

In fact, you’d be better off making a points + pay booking. Based on sale fares at time of writing, if using the same number of points, the cash component would work out slightly cheaper at only $239.47, plus you’d also earn 2,000 Qantas Points and 40 Status Credits.

A Qantas 747 and A380 at Sydney Airport
A Qantas 747 and A380 at Sydney Airport

However, if your return flight from Auckland to Adelaide during December is $2,406 or 58,000 points with this discount + $278 in taxes, then you’d be getting a healthier 3.7c value for each point you use— which obviously represents better value.

Note that the significant taxes and fees Qantas adds onto some award flights, particularly via Australia, can reduce their value substantially.

Frequently asked questions

When does it make sense to use my Qantas Points for Economy Class flights?

Everyone’s financial situation, points balances and preferences are different. This means that the option of using points for Economy Class travel should not be written off. This guide can help you decide.

Are taxes and fees also discounted?

No, the discount does not extend to the ordinary surcharges and taxes that apply to Classic Flight Reward redemptions.

Can I cancel an existing booking and rebook at the cheaper price?

Yes, you can, but you’ll want to make sure that the savings are more than 5,000/6,000 points for a domestic/international trip, given the change fee.

How do I see the discount when I search?

Annoyingly, when you go to book a Classic Flight Reward, the total points cost will just show you the final discounted amount and will not show you what the price would have been without the discount. If you are unsure whether or not the discount has been applied, you can check the ordinary points cost of your flight here.

Are partner airlines included?

This promotion covers travel on select Qantas, Jetstar and Fiji Airways flights.

Can I mix Qantas and Jetstar flights on the same itinerary?

No, you cannot mix Qantas and Jetstar flights. That is because the required points for Jetstar redemptions are already 20% less than redemptions on Qantas flights.

Will I earn points on these flights?

No. As usual, you will not earn any points on award flights.

Does the discount not apply if I choose the ‘Points Plus Pay’ option?

No, it does not.

Offer history

Previous promotions have run as follows:

DateDiscount (%)Notes
February 202030
March 201930
September 201825
March 201830
December 201750
August 201725international only
May 201725
August 201620

Summing up

While the best value for redeeming your points is usually found in Business and First Class, there are cases where redeeming your points for Economy Class tickets can make good sense. Thankfully however this offer allows you to select from all available travel classes.

Note, though, that these promotions do not take into account the generally significant taxes and fees that Qantas tends to charge on award flights via Australia. This will mean that targeting a redemption in Premium Economy or Business Class will be better value than Economy.

You can start your search and make your booking online on the Qantas website.


Quick and ongoing opportunities to boost your Qantas Points balance

Three of the quickest ways to top up your Qantas Frequent Flyer balance are to:

More longer-term, you can earn Qantas Points by:

Get 30% off select Qantas redemptions to Australia was last modified: February 12th, 2020 by Matt Moffitt