Qantas A380

Qantas’ first Points Plane flight will take place on board an Airbus A380 on October 21. Image via Qantas

The Points Plane is one of many concepts that Qantas is exploring in order to reward its frequent flyers and provide more redemption opportunities.

Qantas’ Melbourne to Tokyo Narita Airbus A380 flight on October 21 is set to be the airline’s first in a series of flights with seats only available to members redeeming Qantas Points. Customers can reserve seats on the Australian carrier’s first Points Plane as of May 16 at 7 am (AEST). Passengers on board the inaugural Points Plane will be offered a unique in-flight experience, including a bespoke cocktail and meal service, signature pajamas and in-flight giveaways.

Qantas frequent flyer members are able to use their points to book any seat on board the A380, with 14 seats up for grabs in first class, 64 in business class, 35 in premium economy seats and 371 in economy. Customers require 35,000 Qantas points to purchase a one-way economy-class seat and 108,000 points for a seat in first class, plus taxes and fees.

On the return leg, customers have the choice of booking an Airbus A330 Points Plane on 26 October or traveling on an alternative date by booking a Classic Reward seat with Qantas or a partner airline. Customers can also book travel on an alternative date using Qantas’ Points Plus Pay option, which allows the airline’s frequent flyers to purchase tickets with a mixture of Qantas Points and money.

“This is the first time we have dedicated an entire aircraft – let alone an A380 – to our frequent flyers.” – Olivia Wirth, Qantas Loyalty

Qantas says the opportunity for Points Planes arises as it moves unscheduled aircraft around its network for operational and commercial reasons. Japan was selected as the first destination as it is one of the top five most searched destinations on the airline’s website.

“This is the first time we have dedicated an entire aircraft – let alone an A380 – to our frequent flyers, and we are expecting to see significant demand for these flights,” Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said. More Points Planes are likely to follow. “If this concept is a success, which we think it will be, Qantas hopes to operate more regular frequent flyer-only flights to other international and domestic destinations in the near future,” Wirth added.