Qantas has announced its second Points Plane service. This time around, it will be a 747 flight between Sydney and Los Angeles. This flight will be the last flight that this particular 747 operates for Qantas.
This follows on from the first Points Plane to Tokyo. As with that flight, you will be able to use your points to redeem any seat on the flight.
Having said that, Qantas is taking a slightly different approach this time around. During the first weak all seats will be available only to those wishing to use points. However, from the second week (i.e. from 2 September) seats will be open for cash purchases.
The flight will be operated by VH-OJU, a Boeing 747 that also bears the name ‘Lord Howe Island’.
At 5 pm on 13 October, flight QF99 will depart Sydney bound for Los Angeles. It will touchdown in Los Angeles at 1250 pm on 13 October (LA time!).
Lord Howe Island is configured with 3 cabins, namely Business, Premium Economy and Economy.
As usual with redemptions, you will need to pay a set number of points for the flight. There are also a number of fees, taxes, and charges that need to be paid in actual money.
If you are departing from Sydney, you can expect the following prices:
- Business (58 seats): 96,000 Qantas Points plus ~$480 in fees and charges
- Premium Economy (26 seats): 72,000 Qantas Points plus ~$405 in fees and charges
- Economy (over 200 seats): 41,900 Qantas Points plus ~$205 in fees and charges
Or at least those will be the prices until 17 September. From 18 September, any remaining seats will move to the new points level announced earlier this year. That will see an increase in the number of points required for a Business or Premium Economy Award.
Further information may be found on the Qantas website.