Best Ways to Use Qantas Points for Maximum Value

 

Qantas has four different distance-based charts. The award charts are somewhat expensive compared to other zone-based award charts. However, one big advantage if you want to fly on Qantas, is that you can book awards 353 days out instead of the standard 330 days with most airlines. 

Major Partners: Aer Lingus, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines,  British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Dragonair, El Al, Emirates, Finnair, Fiji Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines, and WestJet.

Minor Partners: Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu, Jetstar, Airnorth, and S7 Airlines.

Award Charts: Qantas has four different distance based award charts that are below (Qantas + 7 Partners; Jetstar; OneWorld Round-trip; and OneWorld One-Way). 

Who You Can Book: Yourself and an eligible family member (spouse, parent, domestic partner, child, brother, sister, parents/siblings-in-law, Uncle/Aunt, first cousins, etc.). Therefore, it might be hard to convince Qantas that your non-married significant other is your domestic partner.

Upgrades: You can also bid for upgrades using points. 

Booking in Advance: Bookings can be made up to 355 days in advance and up to 24 hours before scheduled departure, unless you are booking on qantas.com where you can book up to 2 hours before departure for domestic flights or up to 4 hours before departure for international flights.

Award Space Advice- Qantas releases the majority of their seats at the beginning of the schedule and then will release other seats at random times. If you missed the beginning of the schedule, then I advise you invest in Expert Flyer and set up an award seat alert. Qantas will rarely release last minute award space since they prefer people using points to upgrade. 

Fees: Cancellation (6,000 points) and Change fee (5,000 points)

 

Qantas Plus Seven Partners Award Chart

Airlines: Qantas, Airnorth, Fiji Airways, Air Vanuatu, American Airlines, Emirates, Jetstar, and QantasLink.

 

OneWorld Round-Trip Award Chart

Fine Print: The OneWorld Classic Flight Reward table only applies when your Reward Itinerary includes travel on at least two OneWorld Alliance Airlines other than Qantas and does not include any travel on any airline that is not a OneWorld Alliance Airline. Qantas flights operated by Jetstar Airlines (JQ, 3K, GK or BL) cannot be included in OneWorld Classic Flight Rewards.

 

OneWorld One-Way Award Chart

Airlines: Aer Lingus, Air Niugini, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Eastern, Dragonair, El Al, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, and SriLankan Airlines.

 

Jetstar Award Chart