QF+VAThis is a General Guide
Are you one of the 12 million Australians with a frequent flyer membership? If so, read on!
Western Australian flights are actually one of the best ways to use your points, with both Qantas and Velocity offering valuable ‘reward seats’ on flights to, from and within the state!
In this post, we show you how to get the most out of your frequent flyer program!
All of the examples below are one-way travel in either direction.
Our ‘best use of points’ guides
This guide looks at, in our opinion, some of the best Qantas Frequent Flyer redemption opportunities.
- #1: Syd/Mel/Bris <-> Perth in Business
- #2: East coast, Adel & Perth <-> regional WA
- #3: Perth to NZ & the Pacific Islands
#1: Syd/Mel/Bris <-> Perth in Business
Who’s it for? Those wishing to experience international grade Business Class
Why’s it valuable? The best domestic reward in Australia
Value (GRV)? up to 6c/point
Although you’d probably baulk at the cash fare, Business Class ‘rewards’ to/ from Perth and the eastern seaboard (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) easily top the list of Australian flight redemption opportunities.
You’ll generally be able to score a seat on Qantas or Virgin’s A330s for these flights, which squeezes some real value out of your points! Why? Both airlines service these routes with their international-grade Business suites. These seats offer an amazing lie-flat experience for the 4-5 hour journey, along with a much nicer menu, priority services and premium lounge access!
A one-way reward seat in Business will set you back just 36,000 Qantas points or 35,500 Velocity points. You’ll be required to pay airline taxes, but these are quite reasonable on these routes (between $40 and $80 depending on airline and itinerary).
With Virgin and Qantas pricing a cash ticket between $1,600 and $2,400, these redemptions are the most cost-effective way to experience premium travel in Australia! In ‘cents-per-point’ terms, you’re gaining 4-6c of value! Consider that you receive well under 1c per point redeeming gift cards or items in the airlines’ eStores.
Be sure to double check that your seat is onboard an A330 by clicking on the flight information, accessible in the flight search results on each carrier’s website (the Qantas search result is displayed below).
Both Qantas and Velocity’s reward Seat availability is pretty good (that is, the number of seats that you can redeem with your frequent flyer points), however, these rewards are popular, so you’ll need to book in advance.
Economy redemptions also present good value, especially when the cash price is high. For example, 18,000 Qantas points would secure the seat listed below. At a cash price of $340, this offers 1.7c/pt worth of value (which considers the $40 in taxes payable). This is good for an Economy reward.
#2: East coast, Adel & Perth – regional WA
Who’s it for? Those travelling to a WA town from the major capitals
Why’s it valuable? The cash price might be high, but the points costs are not
Value (GRV)? 2c/point
Economy rewards to regional WA centres like Broome are another great use of points. Paying in points for these seats is a good option as cash tickets for these flights can creep up!
For example, fly from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide to Broome (via Perth) for just 22,300 points with Velocity (+ approx. $30 in taxes) or 22,500 with Qantas (+ $80). The average fare is around $450!
Perth travellers are also well positioned. A one-way flight to Broome costs 11,800 points with Velocity or 12,000 with Qantas. Cash fares for these flights average around $275, but they get much more expensive!
All of these redemptions are valued at around 2c/pt (well over double what you’d receive in the Qantas or Velocity eStore!).
Other good options from Perth include Geraldton and Kalgoorlie, which fit into the lowest bands (7,800 – Velocity and 8,000 – Qantas).
#3 Perth to NZ & the Pacific Islands
Who’s it for? All travellers
Why’s it valuable? Australia, NZ & the Pacific Islands is the same ‘region’
Value (GRV)? Up to ~4c/point (even in Economy!)
Finally, here’s a great way to spend your points if you’re based in, or continuing travel from Perth.
A little known but highly lucrative Virgin Australian feature lets you transfer your Velocity points to Singapore Airlines’ Krisflyer program, allowing you to redeem some very cheap flights from Perth to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
To redeem these flights on-board Air New Zealand, you need to create a new Krisflyer account (it’s free) before transferring your points to Krisflyer at a rate of 1.35:1 (for every 1.35 Velocity points, you receive 1 Krisflyer mile).
This method takes a bit more effort, so check out our full walk-through over here. This one is definitely worth the time!
Now, let’s begin with the flight opportunities!
You can travel from Perth to any Air New Zealand serviced Kiwi destination in addition to Fiji, Tahiti and the Cook Islands (all via Auckland) for just 16,875 Velocity points (which equals 12,500 Krisflyer Miles). Remember, we use the above-mentioned transfer ratio to calculate The Velocity Point requirement (e.g. 12,500 x 1.35 = 16,875).
Business is also great value at 37,800 Velocity points (28,000 Krisflyer miles).
To clarify, the following destinations are possible:
- Auckland (NZ)
- Queenstown (NZ)
- Christchurch (NZ)
- Wellington (NZ)
- Nadi (Fiji)
- Avarua (Cook Isl.)
- Papeete (Tahiti)
For example, you could fly a whopping 9,000kms from Perth to Papeete (Tahiti) via Auckland for just 16,875 Velocity points! The average price of this flight is around $800, so you’re looking at over 4c/pt of value!
Even more opportunity comes in the form of a free ‘Stopover’ at any one ‘connection’ point when you book a ‘round-trip’. Airlines usually charge for these privileges, requiring you to either book each flight segment as individual reward seats, or pay an additional fee for a Stopover.
You can even end your return flight in a non-Perth Australian location!
For example, fly from Perth and stop in Auckland for a week, before continuing on to Papeete (Tahiti). On the way back, you could return to Perth via Auckland, or even finish in another Air New Zealand serviced capital, like Adelaide!
Business seats are tougher to redeem on these routes. You’ll have the most luck redeeming a seat at the front of the plane if your final destination is New Zealand. For example, you can secure a $1,500 flat-bed to Queenstown for only 37,800 Velocity points (plus taxes).
The map below shows you some of the possibilities. Remember you can fly through Auckland to any other destination for the same amount of points!