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Qantas just released a HUGE number of reward seats

Qantas will release millions of classic rewards seats across international and domestic routes to celebrate the Australian border opening.

The Qantas rewards seat release is the largest single release of additional Classic Flight Reward seats in the airline’s history.

It means frequent flyers will have access to up to 50 per cent more reward seat availability on Qantas international, trans-Tasman and domestic routes in 2022.

In addition, Qantas has reduced the price of hotel and holiday packages by 25 per cent for anyone who books with points.

The additional reward seats should appear on the Qantas website from 7am on 19 October.

Qantas business class
Qantas Business class. © Qantas

Use up your reward points

Throughout the pandemic, many Qantas Frequent Flyers have been stockpiling points so they can use them to travel once travel restrictions are lifted.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said the additional reward seat release would make it easier for frequent flyers to go on holidays, travel for business and be reunited with friends and family.

“There’s no doubt we will appreciate travel in 2022 like never before and Qantas is excited to help Australians rediscover the joy of flying and making travel memories with their loved ones,” Wirth said.

Qantas reward seats
Qantas will release one million reward seats on Tuesday 19 October. Credit: Qantas

Where to find the Qantas reward seats

Frequent flyers can use their points across Qantas, Jetstar and more than 45 international partner airlines including Emirates and American Airlines.

Qantas also plans to launch more Points Planes – a flight where every seat in every cabin is available as a reward seat.

Qantas will operate up to five return flights a week from Sydney to London and up to four return flights a week from Sydney to Los Angeles with its Boeing 787 Dreamliners from 1 November.

Flights to Tokyo, Fiji, Canada and Singapore will resume on 18 December 2021. San Francisco, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Dallas will resume by April next year. Flights between Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to resume from mid-December 2021.

Domestic flights will gradually open in the coming weeks as states and territories reach vaccination targets.

Qantas rewards points chart
Qantas rewards points needed by destination with taxes fees and carrier charges.

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