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Everybody on this Qantas flight will pay with points

Everyone on the ‘Points Plane’ from Qantas will pay by points as the airline introduces frequent flyer redemption flights across its network, reserving an entire super jumbo for members.

Qantas has introduced a Points Plane, a plane dedicated to frequent flyer members. Image by Getty

The Points Plane is an Airbus A380, reserved exclusively for Qantas frequent flyer members. The first flight will depart on 21 October, from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita airport). Qantas said it chose Tokyo because it’s popular with Qantas frequent flyers and one of the top five most searched destinations on its website.

Bookings are open now and regardless of whether you’re a bronze, silver, gold or platinum member, you’ll have an equal opportunity to book any seat, in any class, at the standard redemption rate. To break it down, economy requires 35,000 points; premium economy requires 54,000 points; business requires 72,000 points and you’ll need 108,000 points for first class. Taxes, fees and carrier charges aren’t included.

Members can also choose to book a return seat on the Points Plane, departing from Tokyo on 26 October. On board, there are special in-flight services such as a bespoke cocktail and meal service and prize giveaways.

The Points Plane is an Airbus A380. Image by Jetlinerimages/Getty Images

“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. “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.”

Visit here to book a seat or to find out more.

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