Your guide to using Qantas Points towards your next ski or snowboarding holiday. Red Energy could help you power your next snow trip
If you live in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia or Queensland and have electricity and/or gas connected at home, you can now power up your Qantas Points balance simply by joining a Qantas-aligned Red Energy Plan. Earn points for signing up with us and when you pay your bills on time*. Learn how to maximise your points - and read on to find out how you could use them towards your next snow holiday.
What you can use your Qantas Points for
Anybody who has a Qantas Frequent Flyer account can earn points, which can then be redeemed for a huge array of rewarding things, including:
Flights: Planning to visit an alpine resort interstate or overseas? Use Qantas Points to redeem one-way, return or multi-destination Classic Flight Rewards (taxes, fees and carrier charges are payable in addition to points required).^
You can even combine points and cash to book Points Plus Pay - Flights on Qantas and Jetstar. From as little as 5,000 or 3,500 points respectively#. You know Qantas and Jetstar fly direct to Queenstown from Sydney, right?
Already bought your tickets? No worries, if you’ve booked an eligible Qantas flight you can treat yourself by using Qantas Points to request an upgrade to either Premium Economy, Business or even First†. Go on, you know you want to.
Qantas Club membership: Fly a lot for work and for play? You can redeem points for Qantas Club membership. Member benefits include access to a range of convenient domestic check-in options as well as extra checked baggage allowance making it easier to fly with your skis or your snowboard. Qantas Club members are also welcome into Qantas International Business Lounges and partner airline lounges worldwide...so you relax and unwind before your flight.~
Accommodation: Book hotels using points for your stay. Select properties with the little red “Classic Hotel Reward” icon for amazing deals and exclusive discounts.+
Car rental: Qantas Points can be used on car rental, with more than 490 pick-up and drop off locations in Australia and New Zealand. So use those points to drive up to the mountains!ᘯ
Travel insurance: You don’t need money to buy peace of mind - keep yourself covered with comprehensive Travel Insurance on your next trip around Australia or overseas, and you can redeem Qantas Points for travel insurance when booking your flights.≫
Travel stuff: Want a sweet pair of noise-cancelling headphones and some ultra-light luggage for your next long-haul flight? Visit the Qantas Store to browse over 8,000 products from some of the world’s top brands. Just like with flights, you can use a combination of points and cash°, if you’re short on either.
Travel vouchers: Prefer to leave trip planning to the experts? Use your points for a SkiMax Voucher. With over 20 years’ experience planning and booking snow holidays all over the world, these guys will take all the stress out of booking your next ski or snowboarding trip.
So where are some of the best places to ski and snowboard in Australia and New Zealand?
For a country so well-known for its sun-drenched beaches and deserts, Australia is blessed with some pretty decent snow mountains, in Victoria and New South Wales. Here’s a quick run-down on some popular resorts:
Thredbo (NSW): Situated in Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo was modelled on a European ski town and boasts the longest ski runs in Australia.1 It also has a good variety of slopes for skiers and boarders of all levels, as well as convenient on-mountain accommodation with a trendy village filled with restaurants, pubs and bars. Kids are well catered for, with access to fun activities and lessons.
Perisher (NSW): Encompassing seven peaks, over 40 lifts and over a thousand hectares2 for skiing and boarding, Perisher is huge by Australian standards. Its trails however, are comparatively gentle compared to Thredbo, with a good spread of accommodation (including a small handful of ski-in ski-out places), food and beverage options spread across its four villages: Perisher Valley, Guthega, Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes. All in all, it’s a great for families with children and first-timers.
Charlotte Pass (NSW): Situated at 1,765m, little Charlotte Pass is the resort with the highest elevation in Australia.3 Its altitude ensures reliable natural snowfall throughout the season and as its village can only be accessed by oversnow transport, this keeps a lid on the crowds.
Mount Buller (VIC): A little over 3 hours’ drive from Melbourne, Mount Buller is a very popular and well-established ski resort, with plenty of dining, entertainment and accommodation options on the mountain including a cinema, supermarket and state-of-the-art spa facility.5 Skiers and boarders of all ages and ability will find something to keep them busy here.
Mount Hotham (VIC): Known for its technical terrain,6 Mount Hotham is around 4.5 hours from Melbourne which makes it less crowded. Whilst there are ski-in ski-out places to stay in the resort, many visitors choose to stay in the charming alpine village of Dinner Plain, which is just a short drive from the Hotham chairlifts and some might say, better value.
Falls Creek (VIC): With the most ski-in ski-out accommodation available, car-free Falls Creek village also has a great selection of après-ski bars and restaurants.7 Upscale hotels, trails to suit skiers and riders of all abilities, a great terrain park and plenty of events make this one of Australia’s best all-round snow holiday destinations.
Has relatively smaller, less commercialised and comparatively uncrowded snowfields, with the most epic ones located on the gorgeous South Island. Most of them are steeper, thanks to the island’s dramatic geography. Additionally, the ski/snowboarding season tends to be longer than in Australia, with heli-skiing being a major highlight.
Queenstown and Wanaka: Set in the magnificent Southern Alps, visitors can choose from a number of different snowfields, ranging from the world-class roller coaster slopes of Coronet Peak8 and family-friendly Cardrona9 to Treble Cone, which features the longest vertical (a quad-burning 700m) in Queenstown’s picturesque Southern Lakes District.10
Christchurch-Canterbury: An easy couple of hours’ drive out of Christchurch, the multi-award winning Mt Hutt offers wide trails and diverse conditions. Comprehensive learning facilities and four terrain parks11 add to the resort’s wide-ranging appeal. About the same distance out of town, Craigieburn is for the snow expert, with no frills, only some of New Zealand’s most challenging runs.12
The final word
So now that you know what Qantas Points could get you, what are you waiting for? Sign up, start earning and before you know it, you’ll be chasing powder around the world.
Eligibility Criteria and Disclaimers
All information in this article was current at the date of publication; please go to https://www.qantas.com/fflyer/dyn/qantas-points-partners/using-points for the most up to date list of Frequent Flyer rewards.
You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.
* Available for residential electricity and/or gas customers in eligible areas of NSW, VIC, SA and QLD with a current Qantas Frequent Flyer membership who sign up with Red Energy on a Qantas Red plan for a new electricity and/or gas service at a new supply address. This means you could be eligible if you are a new customer of Red Energy; or an existing customer of Red Energy signing up to a new supply address. Customers will receive 10,000 bonus Qantas Points for electricity and/or 5,000 bonus Qantas Points for gas once Red Energy becomes responsible for the supply of the customer’s electricity and/or gas supply. Bonus Qantas Points will only be awarded once if you change energy providers and move back to Red Energy within 12 months. Ongoing Qantas Points will be earned per dollar on your electricity and/or gas bill, when you pay the full amount on each bill by the due date. Red Energy may withdraw or change this offer at any time. Full terms available here. Basic Plan Information Documents / Energy Fact Sheets are available here.
^ Classic Flight Rewards are available on Qantas, Jetstar and partner airlines. Seats are subject to capacity controls, availability is limited, and some flights may not have any Classic Flight Rewards available. Taxes, fees and carrier charges are payable to Qantas (excluding any amounts payable to third parties at the airport) in addition to the points required. For more information, visit the Qantas website.
# Points Plus Pay - Flights are available on any flight with a Qantas (QF), Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Jetstar Japan (GK) or Jetstar Pacific (BL) flight number, as long as there is a seat available for sale. The Qantas Points required include taxes, fees and carrier charges (excluding any amounts payable to third parties at the airport), are subject to change and are quoted at the time of booking. See full details.
† Classic Upgrade Rewards are available on eligible paid and confirmed tickets on Qantas operated services (and from time to time on codeshare flights operated by another carrier) with a QF flight number on your ticket, selected domestic Qantas Points Plus Pay – Flights and eligible Qantas Classic Flight Rewards in Economy and Premium Economy. Classic Upgrade Rewards are subject to capacity controls and availability is limited. Classic Upgrade Rewards are not available from all fare types. Visit the Qantas website for further information.
~ Qantas Club membership and access is subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Qantas Club. Qantas Club members may access a Qantas Club, Qantas domestic regional lounge and Qantas operated International business lounge when their next flight on the same day is with Qantas (QF) or Jetstar (JQ, 3K, BL or GK) flight number on their ticket. Partner and Associated lounge access is subject to various conditions of entry. Qantas Club members will also be welcomed at the Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai when their next onward flight that day is a flight with a Qantas (QF) flight number.
+ Members cannot redeem points for additional hotel charges for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Minimum night stays and blackout dates may apply. Qantas Points cannot be earned on Classic Hotel Rewards. A Classic Hotel Reward must be booked using Qantas Points only. Cancellation and refund policies and conditions differ for each hotel, check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions click here.
ᘯ To use points to book car hire in Australia and New Zealand, Qantas Frequent Flyer members must provide their membership number when booking online at qantas.com/cars with the chosen car partner. Qantas Points cannot be used on package tour, government, travel industry and some corporate rates. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, coupon or promotion. Cars are subject to availability and to the Avis or Budget Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions (as applicable) at the time of rental. Avis or Budget age, credit and driver requirements apply. For further details, please contact Avis on 136 333 or Budget on 1300 362 848.
≫ Travel Insurance policies are underwritten by QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited. Qantas is an authorised representative of QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited. You should always consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Policy Wording and your personal circumstances before making any decision about whether to acquire a travel insurance product. Qantas does not and cannot provide any advice, opinion or recommendation about any insurance. You can only redeem points for travel insurance when it is obtained as part of a flight booking made on qantas.com. A member must have sufficient points to redeem for the travel insurance and cannot use a mixture of points and cash to obtain travel insurance.
° Points Plus Pay can be used for selected products using a combination of cash and a minimum of 2,000 Qantas Points. Any money payment must be made using an Accepted Payment Card. Points Plus Pay not available on gift cards or vouchers