Qantas and Jetstar release thousands of reward seats to Japan

To mark the reopening of Japan’s international borders, Qantas and Jetstar are making thousands of reward seats available to Australian travellers.

For a six-week period from 11 May to 20 Jun 2023, both airlines will make every Economy seat between Australia and Japan available as a Classic Flight Reward. All Economy seats on Jetstar flights between Australia and Japan between 11 Oct to 30 Nov 2022 will also be available as Classic Flight Rewards. In total, up to 100,000 reward seats will be up for grabs across six routes, including Qantas flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to Tokyo, and Jetstar flights from Cairns to Tokyo and Osaka, and Gold Coast to Tokyo.

To kick off the six-week reward seat period, Qantas will operate two Points Planes between Sydney and Tokyo on 10 May 2023, with guests able to book every seat in every cabin, including Business, as a Classic Flight Reward. The Flying Kangaroo will also offer Points Planes between Sydney and Hong Kong on 30 Jan 2023 to mark the return of its Hong Kong service. The additional Classic Flight Reward seats and Points Planes can be booked from now until 13 Oct 2022. Seats on these flights can also be purchased with cash.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said the reward seats would give frequent flyers ample opportunity to use the points they’ve been accumulating. “Australians have been waiting to be able to return to Japan and having access to thousands of reward seats will help our frequent flyers travel to one of their most loved destinations,” she enthused.

“We saw a record number of points used recently when we extended our commitment of up to 50 per cent more Classic Reward seats with strong demand for travel to Japan,” Wirth said, noting that there are still millions of reward seats up for grabs across many domestic and other international routes over the next year on Qantas, Jetstar and partner airlines.

Over the past year, one in every 11 Qantas passengers travelled on a reward seat and frequent flyers have redeemed more than 80 billion Qantas Points.

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