It’s now possible to earn and redeem Qantas points for iconic Australian railway journeys including the Indian Pacific, Great Southern and The Ghan.
Qantas Frequent Flyer has begun partnering with Journey Beyond, the operator of luxury long-distance train services across Australia. As part of this deal, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn 1 Qantas point per dollar spent on all Journey Beyond rail expeditions. This also includes The Overland train between Melbourne and Adelaide.
But perhaps the most interesting aspect of this new partnership is the introduction of “Classic Rail Rewards”. You can now redeem Qantas points at fixed rates, subject to availability, on the following train journeys:
The number of points required to book one of these train journeys may seem high. But these aren’t just commuter trains; they are luxury rail travel experiences. As well as a sleeper berth on the train, all meals, drinks (including alcoholic beverages) and off-train excursions are included in the price.
A Gold Single cabin on The Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs, for example, normally costs $1,599. With a Classic Rail Reward costing 125,000 Qantas points, that’s a value of around 1.28 cents per Qantas point. You can certainly get better value than this by redeeming your Qantas points for flights or upgrades, but it’s more than double the value you’ll get when redeeming Qantas points for gift cards or products from the Qantas Rewards Store.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Qantas Frequent Flyer and provide people who love to travel with greater value when they choose a premium rail holiday experience,” Journey Beyond CEO Chris Tallent said.
“As the first travel partner to offer Classic Reward Seats outside of flights, with the launch of our ‘Classic Rail’ Rewards, we look forward to growing our partnership with Qantas and sharing the joy of travel with our guests,” Mr Tallent added.
At this stage there is no opportunity to earn Qantas status credits on train journeys.
How to book a Qantas Classic Rail Reward
Qantas Classic Rail Rewards on the Indian Pacific, Great Southern or The Ghan can be booked on the Journey Beyond website.
After selecting your preferred rail journey, choose the “Use Qantas Points for a Classic Rail Reward” option at the top of the search results page.
You’ll then be shown dates with Classic Rail Reward seat availability. Like with Classic Flight Rewards, seats are limited and available on a “first come, first served” basis.
You can then click through and complete your booking. There is no cash co-payment required when redeeeming Qantas points for train tickets.
Platinum train cabins are not available to book using Qantas points.
Classic Rail Reward tickets are fully refundable if cancelled within 14 days of booking, and no more than 45 days before departure. Otherwise, there is a fee of $200 or 25,000 Qantas points to cancel up to 45 days before departure.
There is normally a 100% cancellation fee for cancellations made less than 45 days before departure. But as a special offer, cancellation is possible up to 7 days before departure until 31 March 2021.
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