What is a reward seat and how does it work?

Air New Zealand airplane on tarmac

In theory, reward seats sound great, allowing you to redeem flights with an airline using your frequent flyer points and only a small cash payment, if any at all. However, due to reward seat availability being limited in number, booking a reward seat can often be easier said than done. This guide takes a look at the various types of reward seats that are offered by the Air New Zealand Airpoints, Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer programmes.

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