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Qantas Introduces A Cashless “Points Plane” Trip to Tokyo

Qantas Introduces A Cashless “Points Plane” Trip to Tokyo
Joe Cortez

Loyal Qantas flyers are invited to take a very special trip with the carrier to Tokyo, as long as they have the points for the trip. The airline announced a “Points Plane” trip from Melbourne to Tokyo departing on Oct. 21, 2019. Seats can’t be paid for in cash – travelers must have enough miles to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Calling all Qantas Points collectors: the airline wants to thank you for your loyalty with a very special flight aboard their Airbus A380. Seats in the Australian carrier’s first-ever “Points Plane” will go on sale Thursday, May 16, 2019 – but only for those who have enough points to cover their fare.

All 484 seats – 14 First, 64 Business, 35 Premium Economy and 371 Economy seats – will be available at the standard redemption rate. No seat aboard this special flight will be available for a cash sale. Prices range from 35,000 points in economy, to 108,000 points for a first class seat, plus all applicable taxes and fees.

In exchange, flyers will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience on their Oct. 21 departure. In addition to a special pajama set and custom cocktails for the flight, the airline is also promising a bespoke meal service and in-flight giveaways. And because Japan is a top-five destination for Qantas flyers, the airline says it makes perfect sense to make the island nation the first-ever Points Plane destination.

“Four flight redemptions are made every minute and sixty upgrades are confirmed every hour,” Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said in the press release. “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 the flight is successful, Qantas is promising more in the future. But on the forums, FlyerTalkers have a different take on the special flight.

“Could be a great way to make positioning of an otherwise zero [passenger] flight profitable,” FlyerTalker og writes. Globalizer notes the departure’s timing: “So can we take it as a confident prediction by [Qantas] that the [Australian rugby] team will be coming home from the World Cup immediately after the quarter-finals?”

For those flyers who don’t have the Qantas Points balance to take the flight, there’s still hope. Those collecting Capital One miles or Citi ThankYou Points can transfer their balances to Qantas Frequent Flyer to book one of the seats.

What’s your take on the first Qantas “Points Plane”? Join the discussion on the FlyerTalk Forums!


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  1. OZFLYER86

    May 14, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    still have to pay a lot in charges. Think it’s about AUD$500

  2. CO FF

    May 15, 2019 at 8:24 am

    And will there be return availability for weeks after it?

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