It used to be all about the flights. Now, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use Qantas Points on rail travel thanks to a partnership with Journey Beyond.
Under the new partnership, members can unlock Classic Rewards when travelling on The Ghan, Indian Pacific, the Great Southern, or The Overland. This represents the first time that members have been able to redeem Classic Rewards on the ground.
Journey Beyond offers extended overnight rail holidays that traverse some of Australia’s most picturesque and iconic landscapes. This includes the Red Centre, Blue Mountains, and east coast.
The all-inclusive high-end expeditions include bespoke menus inspired by the places the trains travel through. The journeys also allow guests to explore beyond the tracks with immersive Off Train Excursions.
Qantas Classic Rail Reward
One of the interesting features of the new partnership is the ability to redeem points for Classic Rewards. Having looked at some of these trips in the past, they can be quite expensive. However, as Classic Rewards, they could bring the chance of taking one of these journeys within reach.
The current Classic Reward table is as follows
|Train||Destinations||Duration||Gold Single Cabin||Gold Twin Cabin per person, twin share||Gold Twin Cabin sole use|
|The Ghan||Adelaide to Darwin or Darwin to Adelaide||3 days, 2 nights||185,000||200,000||360,000|
|The Ghan||Adelaide to Alice Springs or Alice Springs to Adelaide||2 days, 1 night||125,000||135,000||245,000|
|The Ghan||Alice Springs to Darwin or Darwin to Alice Springs||2 days, 1 night||125,000||135,000||245,000|
|The Ghan Expedition||Darwin to Adelaide||4 days, 3 nights||285,000||300,00||540,000|
|Indian Pacific||Perth to Sydney or Sydney to Perth||4 days, 3 nights||225,000||250,000||425,000|
|Indian Pacific||Adelaide to Perth or Perth to Adelaide||3 days, 2 nights||160,000||175,000||310,000|
|Indian Pacific||Adelaide to Sydney or Sydney to Adelaide||2 days, 1 night||100,000||100,000||180,000|
|Great Southern||Adelaide to Brisbane||3 days, 2 nights||180,000||200,000||350,000|
|Great Southern||Brisbane to Adelaide||4 days, 3 nights||210,000||230,000||420,000|
The earning points equation is pretty straightforward. At present Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on all Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions