Best value redemptions?

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  1. browski

    browski Established Member

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    Just looking at some of the offers from the Qantas and was wondering if anyone had found the best (non-upgrade) use for ther points
    For example:
    Qantas Club Annual renewal:
    65,000 points vs. $355.00 = 0.55 cents per point

    Brisbane-Melbourne Flight Economy return
    24000 points vs $231.00 (+$77.00 taxes) = 0.96 cents/point

    Brisbane - Singapore Flight Economy return
    60,000 points vs $644.00 (+$246.06 taxes) = 1.07 cents per point
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    Brisbane-Los Angeles Flight Economy return
    96000 points vs $1399 (+$297.58 taxes) = 1.46 cents/point

    Brisbane-Melbourne Upgrade Disc Econ - Business return
    24000 points vs $1444 = 6.02 cents per point

    Brisbane-Los Angeles Upgrade Econ - Business return
    144000 points vs $9319.00 = 6.47 cents per point.

    No surprises there, regarding the value of redeeming upgrades.
    What I really wanted to know however, was whether there was anything on the Qantas flight/shop list (other than upgrades) that people knew about that gave the best dollars per point - maybe somewhere between 2-7 cents per point.
    Or maybe even just a list of redemptions that were the best bang for their points (even if they were an upgrade).

    ps. didn't check the calculator too much, so apologies in advance for any wrong calculations.
     
  2. NM

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    Business Class or First Class OneWorld award up to 35,000 miles is roughly equiv to a OneWorld Explorer 4 continent fare, so those would be:

    Business Class: $9,539 for 282,500 points, or 3.37 cents/point
    First Class: $13,269 for 422,500 points, or 3.14 cents/point

    Perhaps some straight First Class or business class redemptions such as Perth-London work out even higher. PER-SIN-LHR fits into zone 9, so 168,000 points each way in F, and $14,466. So that is 4.3 cents/point.
     
  3. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    I find it quite astonishing that a business class flight BNE-LAX is that expensive. A DONE4 is around $10,000 + ~$600-$1500 in taxes. If I had the choice I know which I would pick.

    Otherwise browski it is a pretty good guide of QFF points value.

    I think Qantas shop lost me when they went to points + pay. Most of the items I can get for around 10%-30% less than quoted price. Flights or upgrades seem to be better option.
     
  4. NM

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    Yes, that is the published business class fare. And yes, that is why I never use point-to-point business class fares to the USA. If I am going to the USA in business class, it is always either a OneWorld Explorer or a Circle Pacific fare. Much better value for money and better status earning opportunity.
     
  5. QF WP

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    browski, that's why I'm blowing 288,000 points (hopefully) upgrading Mrs LW and me BNE/LAX/BNE (our only QF sectors) on our upcoming trip in Dec/Jan. Best value for our points and well worth it (even given the new points scheme).

    Time to burn what I have earned....
     
  6. browski

    browski Established Member

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    Brisbane-Tokyo Economy Return
    60,000 points vs $1021 (+253.98 taxes) = 1.7 cents per point

    Melb-Tokyo Economy Return
    72,000 points vs $1021 (+290.92 taxes) = 1.42 cents per point

    From Melb, Same price flight, yet more tax and less points value? Or maybe Melb just benefiting from cheaper flight.
     
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