30% off Qantas economy classic rewards (ends 12 March)

Discussion in 'Qantas Frequent Flyer Program' started by serfty, Mar 8, 2018.

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  1. serfty

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    From Los Angeles to Sydney in Economy return on Qantas, now 63,000 Qantas Points (was 90,000 Qantas Points) plus US$834 taxes, fees and carrier charges

    Pretty sure you can get a return flight for less than US$834 without using points most of the time. A quick look at May/June shows as low as $US730 on other airlines.

    Also, I just did a trial booking MEL-LHR return (May/June, QF9 & QF10) and it only gave the 30% discount on the outbound leg. 42,000 + 60,000 for 102,000 total. Be careful!
     
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    Frequent Flyer - Member Specials - Classic Flight Rewards Sale
     
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    #6 mviy, Mar 8, 2018
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    imo economy classic rewards are generally a waste of points. Would much rather use them for J/F.

    These offers don't change the needle that much.

    Though if I was buying for a whole family then it would be a different situation.
     
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    The only time I've used these offers is on short domestic flights that are normally very expensive. E.g. CBR-BNE or MQL-xMEL-CBR which are only 5,600 points on special.

    Now would be a very good time to book a trip to Lord Howe Island (if you can find availability). 11,200 points + $169 round-trip is an absolute bargain!!
     
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  8. serfty

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    Of course, the BIG difference between such promotions when comparing QF and VA is that VA don't have fuel fines.

    So, that QF MEL-LAX redemption in economy costs under this promotion 31,500 point and AU$250. With VA the same route was something like 31,400 points and AU$34.
     
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  9. JohnK

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    The 30% discount on points is nice but Qantas taxes are ludicrous.

    SYD-BNE for 5,600 points + ~$38 is not worthwhile on a $174 airfare?

    Need some thought.
     
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    In your SYD-BNE example, surely it makes sense to use points? You're getting 2.4 cents worth of value from each point - that's up there with some of the better redemptions, especially for economy.

    I guess it depends whether you're points-rich or points-poor though. If you were saving the points for a J award you might buy a ticket.
     
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    I'm a points horder and have enough for 8 Oneworld awards but not quite ready to go. Don't see any point in saving more than I need so I'd like to spend the rest of the points as I earn them.

    Business awards x 3 are a lot of points for very little gain.
     
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    Domestic flight redemptions can be made entirely with points, they shouldn't cost you anything - so when there is a sale you can gett he flig
    Domestic flight redemptions can be made entirely with points, no cash component necessary - so when there is an offer like this you can usually get the seat + the taxes, for the same # points as usually gets you just the seat.
     
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    That's a shocking marketing fail on Qantas's part. Who in their right mind would highlight such extorionate taxes?
     
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    I'm afraid this is only the case for Points+Pay bookings which are generally poor value and are not included in this promotion. This promo is for Classic Flight Reward bookings.

    At least it's accurate! o_O
     
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    At least there is truth in advertising.
     
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    Wondering when this changed? I've only ever done classic reward bookings and never paid any cash component, except on international fares.
     
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    Perhaps you're thinking of Virgin? They do let you pay the taxes using points.
     
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    #18 Lynda2475, Mar 8, 2018
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    No definitely was on Qantas, i've never had enough virgin points to claim any freebies, did do quite a few Ansett ones back in the day.

    Edited to say: My colleague just said it changed when they started heavily promoting any Seat Rewards and Points + Pay options. Its been about 3 years since i did a domestic classic rewards claim.
     
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    A superb idea but do be wary of accommodation prices, however. In the peak season rooms can be hard to come by and aren't much of a bargain.
     
  20. boomy

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    Your example shows very good use of points. The value of QF point is about 1c so you are practically paying $94 for this flight, saving $80.

    I do value SC earn so my rule for golden triangle flights: if price > $150 use Avios or QF points on promo. The exeption to this rule will be MEL-BNE where I’ll start using points when price > $200.
     
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