Thanks to a new service designed to widen the scope when it comes to Frequent Flyer points, Qantas Frequent Flyer members with over 1 million points will now be able to redeem their stockpile for pretty much anything they want. Spilling outside of the often restricting Qantas Store, the newly announced scheme will let members spend their bounty on any product they want, including watches, sporting equipment, cars, luxury goods, musical instruments, artwork, homewares, and even yachts.
As reported by Executive Traveller, the new Qantas Points spending scheme will apply to almost anything with a cash value of between $5,500 and $37,500. Basically, if you can think of something in that price range that you’d want to spend points on, you just have to let a Qantas representative know and they will provide a ‘points quote’. That is, they’ll let you know how many points you’ll need to purchase whatever your heart desires and the airline will facilitate payment for the item on your behalf.
While full details haven’t been released on the Qantas Points spending scheme, we at least know that only Qantas Frequent Flyer members with over 1 million points will be eligible.
“This gives some of our most loyal members a one-time chance to go big and use their points on something that they have never been able to before”, Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth told Executive Traveller.
The uptick in flexibility for Qantas Points members is an unprecedented move for the airline to help people offload the Qantas Points stockpile that has no doubt been building up during the pandemic, given Qantas Frequent Flyer members were a bit limited when it came to redeeming their points for things other than business class upgrades and reward seats.
Apparently, Points Club Plus members will also be eligible for the offering, as long as they have enough of that digital currency saved up.
It’s important to note that the chosen redemption has to be a physical product, so you’re not able to exchange any of those Qantas Points for a luxury service, unless of course, that service is an actual flight, given international travel is now finally back on the cards for Australians.
Qantas has officially given some of the above examples, like luxury designer bags, cars, and yachts, as an example, but really it’s on you and your imagination to decide what you get to spend that swelling points account on. The worst Qantas can say is no.