Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now put their points towards exclusive discounts at 144,000 hotels around the world. The Classic Hotel Rewards scheme provides member-only rates and deals for international hotels including Accor, Marriott, Hyatt and Shangri La. We explain how to get started.
Since February this year, Qantas Frequent Flyer members have been able to book local accommodation using their Qantas Points. Today, the number of participating hotels has been extended to 144,000 around the world.
This means you can now use your points to cover the bulk of your international travel costs, including flights, hotels and car hire. (Provided you have enough points to spare, of course!)
“Hotel stays are an essential part of most holidays but the cost can easily pile up so we’ve introduced Classic Hotel Rewards – in Australia and overseas – as a way to give members another valuable way to use their points,” Qantas' Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant said in a statement.
Rooms start from 5000 points per night although the amount obviously depends on your choice of accommodation. (Qantas cheerfully inform us that a single night at Peninsula Shanghai will set you back 69,000 points. Strewth.) There are options to filter the property type and minimum rating preference, as well as the maximum average points rate per night.
To book hotels using your Frequent Flyer points, simply select "Pay with points" at qantas.com/hotels and look for the Classic Reward ribbon icon in the list of available hotels.
Qantas warns that Classic Hotel Reward deals are limited, so members are encouraged to book as early as possible. Cancellation and refund policies are dependent on the individual hotel’s policy.
Obviously, members do not earn Qantas Points on Classic Hotel Reward bookings. For more information on how to spend your FF points more effectively, check out the infographic below.
Frequent flyer points are a fantasy currency that fluctuates depending on how you use them. This makes it difficult to know what they're worth -- or whether you're squandering their potential value. This infographic breaks down the dollar value of 1000 points when purchasing everything from flight upgrades to commercial goods.