Qantas passengers could soon fly overseas without having to spend any cash

May 14, 2019
Qantas has launched a new flight that you can only pay for in points. Source: Getty

Travel-goers could soon fly overseas without having to spend any cash under a new Qantas plan which will see an entire plane dedicated to passengers travelling only on points.

Qantas’ inaugural Points Plane — an Airbus A380 — will only allow Frequent Flyers members to book a seat onboard at a cost of 35,000 points for economy, 54,000 for premium economy, 72,000 for business and 108,000 points for first class.

The new flight will also feature a bespoke cocktail and meal service, signature pyjamas and inflight giveaways.

“This is the first time we have dedicated an entire aircraft – let alone an A380 – to our frequent flyers, and we are expecting to see significant demand for these flights,” Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said in a statement.

“Four flight redemptions are made every minute and sixty upgrades are confirmed every hour. We know our members love to redeem their points on travel, so we’re excited to be able to give them new ways to access these rewards.”

If you’re interested, the first Points Plane will take off on October 21 from Melbourne to Tokyo, running a return flight on October 26 — however travellers aren’t required to fly home on this service. If you want to stay longer, you can choose to depart on an alternative date by booking a Classic Reward seat with Qantas.

“If this concept is a success, which we think it will be, Qantas hopes to operate more regular Frequent Flyer only flights to other international and domestic destinations in the near future,” Wirth added.

For more information on the new flight, visit the official Qantas website here.

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