Getting a reward seat in business class or premium economy is difficult at the best of times. Other times you don’t have enough points when you’re booking but you accumulate them after flying.
Finally Qantas is offering both international and domestic customers who book a “classic flight reward” seat in economy the opportunity to upgrade to premium economy or even business class.
If you do get the chance to upgrade it will cost more points than booking the reward seat initially. For example, Sydney to Los Angeles will cost around 96, 000 points if you book business class initially. Sydney to Los Angeles in economy will cost you 45, 000 points, then another 100, 000 to later upgrade to business class. Obviously the upgrade will cost you a lot more points, however you can save a small amount of cash by not paying taxes and other fees.
Status will still play a big part of the upgrades with platinum members getting top priority and bronze the lowest. In peak travelling times throughout the year availability will remain small, even for platinum members.
This change for Qantas comes just a day after Virgin Australia announced changes to their Velocity frequent flyer redemption prices. Virgin hadn’t made a change to their program in five years.