Qantas frequent flyers can now trade the winter chill for a balmy South Pacific getaway, with the airline operating more than 100 flights between Sydney, Brisbane and Noumea go inside ‘Points Planes’ where every seat is available at the lowest Classic Flight Reward fares.
From today until July 31, most flights will be between Australia and New Caledonia will book every seat in Economy and Business as a Classic Flight Reward – for travel in August, September, October and November.
Qantas flies five times a week between Australia and New Caledonia aboard its workhorse Boeing 737, with four flights a week from Sydney (on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday) and one from Brisbane (every Saturday).
Here are the Points Plane Rates for a Sunny Escape in New Caledonia:
Sydney – Noumea (one way)
- Economy: 18,000 points plus $119 taxes, fees and transportation costs
- Business: 41,500 points plus $119 taxes, fees and transportation costs
Brisbane – Noumea (one way)
- Economy: 12,000 points plus $116 taxes, fees and transportation costs
- Company: 27,600 points plus $116 taxes, fees and transportation costs
In addition, Classic Rewards seats will also be available from Sydney and Brisbane on codeshare partner Aircalin, which operates up to seven round trips per week.
However, Qantas applies the following ‘blackout dates’ to the Noumea Aircraft points:
- flights departing from Australia August 17-21, September 23 to October 4, 2002 and October 19-24
- flights departing from New Caledonia August 3-7 and October 2-12
If you are a member of the Qantas Points Club or Points Club Plus loyalty programsyour Classic Flight Reward bookings on Qantas flights to and from Noumea also earn status credits, at a rate of 11 status points for one-way traffic in economy and 24 one-way status credits.
Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth says the airline has witnessed an incredible appetite for New Caledonia in recent months, with frequent flyers eager to use all of the Qantas points stored over the past two years.
“Since flights resumed in June, we’ve seen hundreds of Australians head to New Caledonia every week for tropical vacations, and now frequent flyers can book every available seat on most flights with points,” Wirth said.
“In addition to these newest Points aircraft, millions of Classic Flight Reward seats will be available for the rest of the year on domestic and international routes on Qantas, Jetstar and partner airlines and we will continue to release more reward seats in all cabins. †
Just two hours from Brisbane or less than three from Sydney, New Caledonia is often described as a piece of France that broke off and drifted toward the Pacific Ocean.
But it’s much more than that, with a rich traditional Kanak culture, amazing coral reefs and a Franco-Melanesian culinary scene best described as magnificently†
And given the relatively short flight time involved, there’s little wrong with looking for an economy seat (12,000-18,000 points one way, depending on whether you’re flying from Brisbane or Sydney), especially if you’re on the Qantas Freqiuent. Fkyer status to start your journey with a hearty breakfast in the lounge.
How Qantas Points Planes Work
Qantas common practice is to use only one limited number of Classic Flight Reward seats on a flight and offer the rest at the variable and much higher Any Seat Award rates, which are linked to and reflect the actual cash price for each seat.
While Any Seat Award fares can be double or triple the points for a Classic Flight Reward, a Points Plane makes every seat on the flight available for the same low fare.
For example, if the handful of Classic Flight reward seats on a single Qantas flight from Sydney to Noumea are gone, the remaining seats can typically be sold for more than 61,000 points in economy and 127,000 in business, i.e. the respective Points Plane rates of 18,000 points and 41,500 points are a steal.
Of course you can also pay for those Points Plane seats with cash, but the The Points Plane initiative unlocks a phenomenal value for your Qantas points.
For example, Sydney-Noumea economy fares start at around $400 in mid-August, with business class over $800.
The only downside is that for an Economy Points airplane seat, you’ll pay about a quarter of the equivalent entry-level Economy Saver fare in that inevitable taxes, fees and transportation costs.
How to book a reward seat on a Points plane
1. Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account
2. Select your route and search for your preferred travel dates, make sure they fall within the limited period of the Points Plane promotion (and outside the blackout dates), and make sure the ‘Use points’ checkbox is selected
3. When your flight options appear on the next screen, search for Classic Reward seat availability
4. Once you see the flight you want, these Classic Reward seats can go fast, so don’t wait too long. Forget choosing your specific seat or even nominating a special meal – that can be done later from the Manage Your Booking screen – just dive right into making your payment to reserve those seats.
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