For the first time in the carrier’s history, Qantas has announced a dedicated ‘Points Plane’ between Melbourne and Tokyo (NRT), smack bang in the middle of the Rugby World Cup.
The Points Plane will offer all 484 award seats on the Qantas A380, to every frequent flyer, on a first come first served basis. You read that right, no preference for Platinum or Gold frequent flyers, just be online, ready to rock and roll with your Qantas points, at 7 am on Thursday 16 May for unprecedented access to First and Business Class redemptions.
Scheduled to fly on Monday 21 October 2019, which is the week prior to the Rugby World Cup Semi Finals, the Points Plane is the first in what Qantas promises will be “a series of dedicated Frequent Flyer redemption flights across its network with seats only available to members redeeming Qantas Points.”
Here’s the breakdown of the one-way rates + taxes and the number of seats available in each Points Plane cabin:
- 108,000 Qantas Points for First Class + $272* (14 seats)
- 72,000 Qantas Points for Business Class + $272* (64 seats)
- 54,000 Qantas Points for Premium Economy + $257* (35 seats)
- 35,000 Qantas Points for Economy + $182* (371 seats)
For reference, at the time of writing the cheapest direct return flights paid with cash, between the two cities, are $1,079 in Economy Class and $4000 in Business Class, both on JAL.
To get the Australian contingent home, Qantas is running a return Points Plane on an A330 which has 187 fewer seats, departing Tokyo for Melbourne on Saturday the 26th of October. The 28 Business Class and 269 Economy Class seats on the return two-class A330 will be offered at the same reward rate as above, 72,000 and 35,000 respectively.
Guests who secure seats on the first Points Plane can expect a unique onboard experience which will include a bespoke cocktail and meal service, signature pyjamas and inflight giveaways.
For those without Qantas status, this is a great opportunity to get your hands on some desirable award seats on a fantastic route, offered during a high traffic period. Furthermore, it’s perfect for those speculating on the success of the Wallabies at the RWC, with award seat cancellation costing just 6,000 points with a full tax refund to your card.
Head to the Qantas Points Plane page for more information.
*Taxes subject to change.