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QANTAS: Discounts points redemptions for holidays and hotels

QANTAS: Discounts points redemptions for holidays and hotels

You will need 30 to 40% fewer points to redeem Qantas Holidays, or hotel bookings. Qantas says this is to give members more value, I’d say its more to keep customers booking hotels and holidays through the Qantas portal.

Qantas promotes this as a ‘permanent improvement in value’ for frequent flyers. I think that is a bit of overpromising. However, who wants to look a gift horse in the mouth?

Not just Hotels and Holidays – also flights

Qantas claims that it has reduced the price of redeeming flights by 20%, when using Points Plus Pay, although the offer is limited to bookings made before the end of April 2022, for travel until April 2023. Point Plus Pay is not usually a good deal, with flights costing multiples of the points required for a Classic Flight Reward – think a million points plus pay, for a Classic Flight Reward of say 150,000 points plus a couple of hundred dollars – if it was available. However, this will bring the points cost of a flight ‘closer’ to the preferred Classic Flight Rewards, as the release says.

Royal Suite, Four Seasons, Bali – on a mistake Qantas Holiday deal

Sample Redemptions

Here are some examples of the change in the points cost of redemptions for domestic and international hotels and holidays, taken from the Qantas release:

Qantas Hotels (Domestic):

HotelDetailsWasNow
Ovolo Woolloomooloo1 night, 2 adults Superoo Room66,191 Points46,368 Points
Lancemore Crossley St. Melbourne  1 night, 2 adults William Standard King Room46,406 Points30,980 Points
Intercontinental Hayman Island1 night, 2 adults Classic Room190,871 Points133,610 Points
Points values are based on a check-in date of 14 Sept 2022 and are correct as at 14 Jan 2022.

Qantas Hotels (International):

HotelDetailsWasNow
L’Ermitage Beverly Hills – Los Angeles2 nights, 2 adults Classic Suite289,686 Points202,780 Points
Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort – Fiji2 nights, 2 adults Garden View Room164,945 Points  115,461 Points  
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach – Hawaii2 nights, 2 adults Partial Ocean View Room213,982 Points  149,787 Points  
Points values are based on a check-in date of 14 Sept 2022 and are correct as at 14 Jan 2022.

Qantas Holidays (combined airfares and accommodation):

HolidayDetailsWasNow
Crystalbrook Riley – Cairns5 nights, 2 adults Urban King Room Return economy Qantas flights ex Sydney525,834 Points289,209 Points
Vibe Hotel – Hobart5 nights, 2 adults Guest Room King Return economy Qantas flights ex Sydney327,908 Points180,349 Points
Pan Pacific – London5 nights, 2 adults Guest Room King Return economy Qantas flights ex Sydney908,512 Points499,512 Points
Points values are based on a check-in date of 14 Sept 2022 and are correct as at 14 Jan 2022.
Royal Suite, Four Seasons, Bali – on a mistake Qantas Holiday deal

2PAXfly Takeout

Any increase in the value of points redemptions in a frequent flyer scheme is warmly welcomed. Is this great? Well it might be, but you need to compare the points required to the $ cost of the hotel night. You need to divide that $ cost by the points required to give you a ¢ value for each point. According to the Australian website Point Hacks, if you are not getting 1.9¢ per point then you are not getting good value.

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