A List of Qantas Carrier Charges on Reward FlightsMany Australians save up their Qantas points in the hope of one day redeeming them for a free flight. Unfortunately, Qantas Classic Reward flights are not entirely free. In addition to the Qantas points, you also need to pay for government/airport taxes and Qantas-imposed carrier charges. These Qantas carrier charges can add as much as $700 to the cost of a round-trip Qantas award booking!

Qantas is not entirely transparent about these carrier charges on reward flight bookings. The airline does not publish a list of these fees anywhere. The only way to find out how much you’ll need to pay is to complete a “dummy booking” on the Qantas website. You’ll then be shown the number of points that you need to pay, but the taxes are only shown if you already have enough Qantas points in your account to complete the booking.

If you do have enough Qantas Frequent Flyer points to book the reward flight, you can see the Qantas carrier charge amount by clicking on “Flight amount breakdown”. Qantas’ fees will be listed under “Other Carrier Charges”. This breakdown is not always available when booking a Qantas award flight that originates overseas.

Breakdown of Qantas carrier charges

 

As you can see, Qantas doesn’t exactly make it easy to see how high their carrier charges on award bookings are! So, we put together this list of Qantas carrier charges. The amounts listed apply to return flight bookings. This information was correct as of September 2019:

Route

Economy charges

Premium Economy charges

Business & First charges

Any domestic route

$28

$28

$28

Any domestic (Jetstar)

$20

$20

Australia-New Zealand

$28

$28

Melbourne-Los Angeles

$120

$330

$430

Sydney-London

$280

$460

$700

Perth-London

$280

$460

$700

Sydney-Denpasar

$70

$210

Sydney-Singapore

$90

$230

$280

Sydney-Jakarta

$70

$210

Sydney-Hong Kong

$90

$110

$110

Sydney-Bangkok

$90

$280

Sydney-Beijing

$110

$210

Sydney-Shanghai

$110

$210

Sydney-Tokyo

$110

$190

$210

Sydney-Manila

$90

$210

Sydney-San Francisco

$120

$330

$430

Sydney-Honolulu

$90

$330

$240

Sydney-Dallas

$150

$330

$430

Sydney-New York

$180

$330

$430

Sydney-Johannesburg

$190

$240

$320

Sydney-Santiago

$190

$330

$430

Singapore-London

$100

$100

$100

Australia-Dubai (Emirates)

$292.40

$731

 

For more information about Qantas carrier charges – and how to avoid them – see our detailed guide here: The Great Qantas Frequent Flyer Rip-Off

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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