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Qantas’ sweet reward for frequent flyers as NZ travel bubble opens

If you’re sitting on a mountain of Qantas Frequent Flyer points, we have some good news.

Qantas will make every seat in every cabin available for classic rewards frequent flyer redemption for the first three days of flights to New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the Trans-Tasman travel bubble will start from 11.59pm on April 19.

Australians travelling to New Zealand will not have to quarantine.

Qantas Sydney First Lounge
Qantas Sydney First Lounge

New Zealand flights start April 19

Qantas will operate 122 return flights to New Zealand each week including two new routes direct from Auckland to Cairns and the Gold Coast.

“Restarting flights to New Zealand is about more than starting to rebuild our international network, it’s about reconnecting families and friends and getting more of our people back flying again,” Qantas Domestic and International CEO, Andrew David said.

Qantas’ schedule includes year-round direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

A new daily service from the Gold Coast to Auckland will commence when the bubble opens, marking Qantas’ first-ever international flights from Gold Coast Airport.

The new Cairns-Auckland route will launch in time for the June long weekend, operating three days per week.

Fares and reward seats are now available at, or through Travel Agents.

New Zealand travel bubble

Qantas points calculator

A business class seat from Sydney to Auckland uses 41,500 points.

First-class is not available.

An upgrade from an economy ticket to business uses 21,800 points.

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