30% off Qantas Points to Regional Australia

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Get 30% off Classic Flight Rewards on many Qantas regional routes when booking by 15 May 2022. Photo: Qantas.

Qantas Frequent Flyer is giving 30% off the points required for Classic Flight Rewards to selected Australian regional destinations, for travel from 1 June until 30 November 2022. This discount is available when booking by 15 May 2022.

In addition, Qantas has turned over 1,700 flights on 33 Qantas regional routes into “Points Planes” for the month of August! On eligible routes, every Economy seat during August 2022 is available to book as a Classic Flight Reward. The 30% discount also applies to these Points Planes.

Eligible routes include Sydney-Uluru, Sydney-Broken Hill, Perth-Gold Coast, Canberra-Cairns and Melbourne-Coffs Harbour. You can find a full list of Qantas routes included in this promotion below.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said that the Points Planes would help to boost tourism to regional Australia and make it easier for residents of these towns to travel to the city.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in demand for regional travel since the start of the pandemic and these Points Planes will help tens of thousands of frequent flyers discover regional Australia this winter,” Ms Wirth said.

“Qantas’ regional network plays an important role in supporting local economies and this investment in domestic Points Planes will continue to drive visitation and support travel demand.”

The 30% Classic Reward points discount is being applied automatically when you book an eligible Economy Class flight on the Qantas website.

Melbourne-Burnie award availability on Qantas website
The discount is being applied automatically to eligible regional flights on the Qantas website.

The 30% discount doesn’t apply to Business Class seats. On routes we checked, Classic Rewards in Business Class are still full price. The discount also doesn’t apply to connecting flights.

When we checked early on Monday morning (the first day of this promotion), some Business seats during August were not available as Classic Rewards despite seats being available to book using cash. But this glitch should now be fixed.

Which Qantas routes does this promotion apply to?

Here’s a full list of eligible Qantas domestic routes where you can get 30% off Economy rewards, and every Economy seat is available as a Classic Reward during August 2022:

  1. Adelaide-Albury
  2. Adelaide-Hobart
  3. Adelaide-Mt Gambier
  4. Adelaide-Newcastle
  5. Adelaide-Townsville
  6. Brisbane-Albury
  7. Brisbane-Coffs Harbour
  8. Brisbane-Hobart
  9. Brisbane-Port Macquarie
  10. Brisbane-Proserpine
  11. Brisbane-Tamworth
  12. Brisbane-Wagga Wagga
  13. Canberra-Cairns
  14. Canberra-Sunshine Coast
  15. Melbourne-Albury
  16. Melbourne-Burnie
  17. Melbourne-Coffs Harbour
  18. Melbourne-Merimbula
  19. Melbourne-Mt Gambier
  20. Melbourne-Newcastle
  21. Melbourne-Townsville
  22. Melbourne-Wagga Wagga
  23. Perth-Gold Coast
  24. Perth-Hobart
  25. Sydney-Broken Hill
  26. Sydney-Byron Bay
  27. Sydney-Griffith
  28. Sydney-Launceston
  29. Sydney-Merimbula
  30. Sydney-Mildura
  31. Sydney-Orange
  32. Sydney-Townsville
  33. Sydney-Uluru

And here’s an overview of these routes on a map:

Qantas routes included in the regional Points Planes & 30% discount promotion
Qantas routes included in the regional Points Planes & 30% discount promotion.

It’s a bit hard to see all the east coast routes on the above map, so here’s another map that excludes the two routes to/from Perth (to Hobart and the Gold Coast):

Eligible Qantas routes excluding Perth-Hobart and Perth-Gold Coast
Eligible Qantas routes excluding Perth-Hobart and Perth-Gold Coast.

 

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Interesting, the first Melbourne Burnie flight I looked up had Any Seat available but no Classic Rewards (Y)

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I guess these are the seats that Qantas expects will not be full…note to self it is not personal that the Sydney -Canberra and Sydney-Cooma flights are not included!

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Fairly transparent as to what QF is trying to do here:
1. Allow them to claim there has never been more classic reward seats available.
2. Squeeze competitors by taking customers off them.
3. Prop up loads on flights that are probably dead empty now that international borders are open and that's where demand, especially for leisure travel, is.

Good news for anyone that can take advantage of it.

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I guess these are the seats that Qantas expects will not be full…note to self it is not personal that the Sydney -Canberra and Sydney-Cooma flights are not included!

Sorry I should have added that was for August! Which is meant to be Points Plane!

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Squeeze competitors by taking customers off them.

Unfortunately I completely agree.

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All good. Been loaded now.

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Fairly transparent as to what QF is trying to do here:
1. Allow them to claim there has never been more classic reward seats available.
2. Squeeze competitors by taking customers off them.
3. Prop up loads on flights that are probably dead empty now that international borders are open and that's where demand, especially for leisure travel, is.

Good news for anyone that can take advantage of it.

Agree - I don't think your assumptions are too unreasonable. The sale seems to favour ports where there is a competitor. Most of the routes where Qantas is the only operator are excluded.

Coincidentally timed to try and take the limelight off Rex's frequent flyer program launch? ("but look how many reward seats we made available for regional areas!")

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