Get 30% Off Qantas Economy Classic Flight Rewards (Book By 25 March)

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Qantas has brought back a promotion I last remember seeing back in 2017 and it’s offering travelers a 30% discount on the number of points required for Economy Class ‘Classic Fight Rewards’.

Qantas Classic Flight Rewards Sale

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account
  2. Select ‘Use points – Classic Flight Rewards only’ to search for your flights
  3. Book an Economy Classic Flight Reward by 11.59pm (AEDT) 25 March 2019 on eligible flights operated by Qantas, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia with a ‘QF’, ‘JQ’ or 3K flight number.
  4. Travel between 1 May 2019 and 29 February 2020 on Qantas or between 1 May 2019 and 11 December 2019 on Jetstar or Jetstar Asia.

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Here are the headline terms and conditions:

  • Classic Flight Rewards are subject to capacity controls, availability is limited, and some flights may not have any Classic Flight Rewards available.
  • Taxes, fees and Carrier Charges payable to Qantas (excluding any amounts payable to third parties at the airport) are payable in addition to the points required.
  • The Qantas Points required will be displayed during the booking process on qantas.com or Qantas Direct (fees may apply).
  • The 30% discount will be automatically applied to the Qantas Points required for Eligible Flights booked
  • To receive the 30% discount, all flights in your Trip must be eligible Classic Flight Rewards which are Economy Classic Flight Rewards on Qantas operated flights with a QF flight number (excluding Qantas operated flights to Lord Howe Island), Jetstar operated flights with a JQ flight number or Jetstar Asia operated flights with a 3K flight number on your ticket to Qantas and Jetstar domestic and international destinations, and Jetstar Asia international destinations (this includes Australian domestic transfers on Qantas flights with QF flight number).
  • If a Trip includes a Transfer (international – a flight within 24 hours) or a Transfer (domestic – same day) on a partner airline which is not Eligible, that Trip is not eligible for this offer. For example, if an itinerary included an Eligible Classic Flight Reward between Sydney and Los Angeles on Qantas with a Transfer flight to Miami on American Airline, this Trip would not be eligible to receive the discount.
  • The discount applies to the Qantas Points amount required only and does not apply to the taxes, fees and carrier charges payable to Qantas (excluding any amounts payable to third parties at the airport) which are payable in addition to the Qantas Points required, quoted as at 12 March 2019 and subject to change.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the promotion page

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Thoughts

The most important thing to realise here is the the promotion runs on Australian time not US time so when the t&cs say that you have until 11.59pm (AEDT) 25 March 2019 to book that actually means you have until 8:59am Eastern Time (5:39am Pacific) to complete any bookings you’d like to make.

The Qantas award chart is distance based and looks like this:

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A roundtrip between Los Angeles and Sydney (for example) is just under 15,000 miles in distance….

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…and would therefore see an Economy Class Classic Award ordinarily cost 90,000 points (45,000 points in either direction) – in this sale it would set you back just 63,000 points.

But that’s not the whole story.

The issue here is that Qantas loves to add surcharges to its Classic Awards so even though the number of points required for a trip may be a lot more palatable the surcharges may not…and that’s what you need to be careful of here.

I don’t have enough points in my Qantas frequent flyer account to progress far enough though the booking process to see the surcharges the airline will add to a Classic Award but I know that they’ll be high for a large number of itineraries.

Still, there will be some flights where the surcharges aren’t too bad (possibly flights originating out of Hong Kong, for example) and there will be routes on which the Economy Class cash fare is so high that using points and swallowing the horrendous surcharges will be an economically sound idea….so don’t rule this promotion out without looking into it a little further.