Qantas has unveiled details about the first of a
series of dedicated Frequent Flyer redemption flights across its
network with seats only available to members redeeming Qantas
The inaugural Points Plane will be an Airbus A380
operating from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) on 21 October 2019,
with Qantas Frequent Flyers able to book seats from this coming Thursday, 16
The concept is one of many Qantas Loyalty is
exploring to reward Qantas Frequent Flyer members and provide even
more redemption opportunities.
Members will be able to book any
seat on board (14 First, 64 Business, 35 Premium Economy and 371
Economy seats) at the standard Qantas Points redemption rate for
Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum members will all have
equal opportunity to secure a booking on dedicated Points Plane
To maximise flexibility on return travel, members have
the choice of booking on an A330 return Points Plane on 26 October
2019 or depart on an alternative date of their choice by booking a
Classic Reward seat with Qantas or a partner airline, or using
Points Plus Pay on any commercially available seat.
inaugural Points Plane will also have a distinctive inflight
service with special on-board experiences including a bespoke
cocktail and meal service, signature pyjamas and inflight
Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said that flight
redemptions are Qantas Frequent Flyer members’ favourite way to
use their Qantas Points.
“This is the first time we have
dedicated an entire aircraft – let alone an A380 – to our frequent
flyers, and we are expecting to see significant demand for these
flights,” Ms Wirth said. “Four flight redemptions are made
every minute and sixty upgrades are confirmed every hour. We know
our members love to redeem their points on travel, so we’re
excited to be able to give them new ways to access these rewards. Member-exclusive flights mean more redemption opportunities for
our members and less time searching for reward seats. If this
concept is a success, which we think it will be, Qantas hopes to
operate more regular Frequent Flyer only flights to other
international and domestic destinations in the near future.”
Qantas occasionally moves unscheduled aircraft around the network
for a range of operational and commercial reasons – creating
opportunities for initiatives like Points Planes.
Qantas Points required for booking
seats on the inaugural Points Plane:
Economy 35,000 Qantas Points
54,000 Qantas Points
First 108,000 Qantas Points.
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