Redeem Qantas Points to Lord Howe Island

Redeem Qantas Points to Lord Howe Island

QantasLink flights to Lord Howe Island cost well over $1,000 round-trip. But, why pay thousands when you can fly to this idyllic natural wonder for just 8,000 Qantas points?


The Opportunity

Lord Howe Island is an idyllic natural wonder situated in the Tasman Sea, just 600km from the east coast of Australia. The island boasts incredible natural beauty and with just 400 tourists allowed on the island at a time, a holiday on Lord Howe Island is guaranteed to offer a peaceful escape.

There’s just one problem… flights to Lord Howe Island regularly cost well over $1,000 for a round trip!

But did you know that you can book a return trip to Lord Howe Island from either Sydney, Brisbane or Port Macquarie for just 16,000 Qantas points + around $170 in taxes?

As you might expect, award availability is extremely limited. Qantas only operates 36-seat Dash 8 200 series aircraft on flights to Lord Howe Island, and they are often full.

But there are seats available if you’re very flexible with your travel dates. You’re also much more likely to find seats at the last minute. Reward flights are often available for travel in the coming weeks, especially during the winter off-peak season.

If you can’t find any flights departing from your preferred city, try searching from one of the other cities that Qantas operates flights to Lord Howe Island from (Sydney, Brisbane and Port Macquarie on a seasonal basis).

As the availability of accommodation on Lord Howe Island is limited, it’s a good idea to book your flights and accommodation together. Travel insurance is also highly recommended for travel to Lord Howe Island because poor weather could disrupt your travel plans. Aircraft cannot land on the island in inclement weather.


The Facts

  • Currency: Qantas Frequent Flyer points
  • Airline: QantasLink
  • Route: Sydney, Brisbane or Port Macquarie to Lord Howe Island
  • Class of travel: Economy
  • Cost: 16,000 Qantas points + $169 fees & taxes (SYD-LDH return)
  • Availability: Extremely limited, but award seats are sometimes available at the last minute
  • How to book: Qantas website.


Would you like help using your frequent flyer points?

Frequent Flyer Solutions offers a personalised service that’s designed to take the hard work out of redeeming your frequent flyer points!

Award Flight Assist can help you to find the perfect flights using your points. Just let the team know how many points you have and where you would like to go, and they’ll prepare an itinerary for you.

Find out more about the Award Flight Assist service.

Not sure yet where you’d like to go with your points? Stay tuned for more Points Inspiration articles!


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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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