If you've ever wanted the chance to fly first or in business class internationally, but didn't have enough points to do it, this could be your chance.
Qantas will sell first-class and business-class seats to frequent flyer members for less than a quarter of the normal amount of points required in a Airbnb promotion.
The airline will register Qantas Frequent Flyer as a host on the home-sharing site and, in the next two weeks, secretly lists several opportunities for first-class and business-class flights, disguised as accommodation listings.
Qantas promises "dozens" of flights through the airline's international network including London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Santiago. Seats will be sold in pairs and groups of four.
The examples provided by Qantas include two first-class seats from Melbourne to Los Angeles for 50,000 points, normally 144,000 seats, and one-way business classes from Sydney to London for 50,000 points, normally 128,000 in place.
So how do you find these secret flights?
It's not entirely clear (maybe to make sure it's not too easy). Based on the simulation cards provided by Qantas, it appears that the posts are displayed in the relevant destinations (for example Los Angeles) with descriptions indicating that they are not the typical Airbnb rent.
"Cozy cabin nestled in the clouds" and "Premium Suite with a 35,000-foot bedroom" are two of the examples given, with the host listed as "Qantas Frequent Flyer Team" with a profile picture of an assistant Qantas flight.
They are also listed as "Private Room in the Air" as a type of accommodation. The photos of the listing will include Qantas lounges and aircraft interiors.
Once the booking request has been made, Qantas will contact the applicant to confirm his frequent flyer number and points balance.
This is the second gimmick that Qantas has applied to promote frequent flyer reservations this month. Last week the airline launched its first "Points Plane" flight – an A380 superjumbo in which all seats were reserved for frequent flyer point bookings. The flight, from Melbourne to Tokyo on 21 October, still has places available in economy class after the business and first class have quickly run out. On 26 October a plane is arriving for the return points from Tokyo to Melbourne.
See also: Qantas reserves the entire A380 superjumbo for frequent flyer point bookings
See also: The worst ways to use Qantas frequent flyer points
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