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QANTAS: Points Sale – save 20% when using points – I advise against this offer!

QANTAS: Points Sale – save 20% when using points – I advise against this offer!

The Qantas Big Points Sale runs from 18 to 21 June – just 4 days, so get in quick if you must. It covers discount on buying through the Qantas Rewards store, booking Qantas Hotels and a couple of other things you can check here.

Now this sounds HUGE, but I’m not so sure it is.

Now, as an educated frequent flyer you will already know that almost every time, it is better value to redeem Qantas points for upgrades, then for premium seats (First & Business), and finally for Economy. Almost never is it good value redeeming points for goods in the store.

Pro-tip – always divide the prospective AU$ price for a redemption by the number of points Qantas are charging to get a value per point. Aim to get 1.9¢ or more. For some classic rewards redemptions you can get close to 3¢ per point. For the value of a Status Credit head over here (although the post is oldish).

Why you shouldn’t touch this offer

Here are the conditions summarised:

  • The 20% discount does not apply to Qantas Classic Flight Rewards.

That’s all you need to know.

If you are me or savvy with points, then the only points rewards you would contemplate on Qantas is Classic Rewards. I’m talking about the difference in a one-way fare to London from Sydney being ~150,000 as a classic reward, and over 550,000 if not.

Just to make it clear, 20% discount on 500,000 points doesn’t get you anywhere near 150,000. Co-incidentally, there don’t seem to be any classic award seats available on Qantas on this route – that’s based on sampling dates in 2022.

2PAXfly Takeout

Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.

I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.

Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.

If you foolishly don’t take my advice, then remember that the points discount will be applied right at the end of the transaction.

I’m waiting. Once this promo is over, I am betting that some Classic Rewards will re-appear. On the other hand – I could be wrong.

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