Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Air Vanuatu flights

first_imgA quirk of using Qantas Points for flights is that you can stop somewhere for up to 24 hours (called a transit) and then continue on flying, with both flights being priced as one reward instead of individual segments.For example, you could fly Sydney to Port Vila arriving in the afternoon, spend the night and a leisurely morning relaxing in Vanuatu before heading off to Suva with Fiji Airways later that second day – all for the same number of points as if you had booked Sydney-Fiji or Sydney-Vanuatu direct.Here are some examples of how you could go from Australia to Fiji or New Caledonia via Port Vila if you can find a connection under 24 hours. All figures are one-way: To/from Vanuatu (one-way)Business classEconomy If you take a break for more than 24 hours, then it’s a stopover and you’ll be charged for the individual sectors. The Sydney-Port Vila-Nadi example would become 60,000 Qantas Points (36,000 points + 24,000 points) in business class if booked with a stopover.As with any Qantas reward flight booking, taxes, fees and surcharges are levied in addition to the points needed and vary from route to route, but they’ll show up during the booking process.for more information, click here.The post Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Air Vanuatu flights appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog LuganvilleNadiNoumea16,000 Qantas Points8,000 Qantas Points To/from Port Vila (one-way)Business class (if available)Economy Sydney-Port Vila-NadiMelbourne-Port Vila-NadiBrisbane-Port Vila-Nadi36,000 Qantas Points18,000 Qantas Points Turn your hard-earned Qantas Points into a well-deserved holiday with Air Vanuatu, and be whisked away to a tropical island paradise with picture-postcard beaches and some of the world’s best scuba diving.With key destinations within the Pacific Islands on the map – think Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia – your Qantas Points are equally useful for flying between island nations or for the longer trip back to Australia.Journeys on Air Vanuatu are calculated on the same points tables as Fiji Airways and Qantas itself, meaning you can mix and match your own itinerary with any of those airlines for no extra points.Here’s what you need to know to turn your Qantas Points into a ticket to Vanuatu and beyond.Booking Air Vanuatu flights with Qantas Points: key routesWith just two Boeing 737s on hand, Air Vanuatu operates a few flights each week from Sydney, Melbourne (from June), Brisbane and Auckland to the capital Port Vila. There’s also a weekly flight from Brisbane to Luganville, which is Vanuatu’s second largest city.From Port Vila, there are connections to 27 other domestic destinations within Vanuatu (not pictured).Internationally, Fiji and New Caledonia are also on the map. If you’re already exploring one of those Pacific Island nations, then using Qantas Points to tack on a side trip to Vanuatu and then even flying back to Australia via Port Vila is an option.Booking Air Vanuatu flights with Qantas Points: how many points you’ll needAs with Fiji Airways, Air Vanuatu’s partnership with Qantas means that the number of points needed to book an Air Vanuatu flight is the same as to book a Qantas flight of the same length, making the overall rates more favourable than most of Qantas’ other partner airlines.Here’s what you’d need for a one-way ticket in both business class and economy on routes between Australia/NZ and Vanuatu. Simply double the figures for a return trip.center_img To/from Australia via Port VilaBusiness classEconomy Sydney-Port VilaMelbourne-Port VilaBrisbane-LuganvilleAuckland-Port Vila36,000 Qantas Points18,000 Qantas Points Want to fly around to other Pacific Island destinations? Here’s what you’ll need for those short flights. Note that most of them are operated by ATR turboprop aircraft that don’t have business class. Brisbane-Port Vila24,000 Qantas Points12,000 Qantas Points Suva (operated by Fiji Airways)24,000 Qantas Points12,000 Qantas Pointslast_img