Qantas and Jetstar New Zealand flights will kick off the Travel Bubble to NZ in style with up 122 return services a week.
Highlights include Qantas reinstating all previous traans-Tasman routes, expanding the seasonal Brisbane and Melbourne to Queenstown services to year round, and new Gold Coast and Cairns to Auckland routes.
If you have FF status with other carriers they are also offering a ‘Fast Track’ option to quickly achieve equivalent Gold status with Qantas by earning 100 status credits before 30 July.
Here is the detail from Qantas.
|To help more Australians and New Zealanders reunite after a year apart, the Qantas Group will restart flying to all pre-COVID destinations in New Zealand when the two-way Trans-Tasman bubble opens later this month.|
From 19 April 2021, the Qantas Group will initially operate up to 122 return flights per week across the Tasman once the bubble opens, with capacity to be added as the market recovers.
Qantas network and schedule
• Qantas’ schedule includes year-round direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown including direct flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Queenstown, routes which traditionally only operated seasonally for the ski season peak.
• A new daily service from the Gold Coast to Auckland will commence when the bubble opens, marking Qantas’ first ever international flights from Gold Coast Airport. The new Cairns-Auckland route will launch in time for the June long weekend, operating three days per week. Flights will initially operate for eight weeks until late July, and Qantas will look to add more flights beyond this period if there is demand.
• Flights will be operated by a mix of Boeing 737s as well as the wide-body Airbus A330. Customers onboard the A330 will be able to experience Qantas’ award-winning “Business Suite”, nicknamed “mini First Class” by some frequent flyers and a significantly improved Economy seat with extra storage compartments and device charging outlets.
Benefits for Frequent Flyers
• Qantas Frequent Flyer will boost the number of Classic Reward seats for frequent flyers, making all seats in all cabins across Qantas and Jetstar flights for the first three days available as a Classic Flight redemption. For the remainder of 2021, frequent flyers will also enjoy access to 50 per cent more Classic Flight Reward seats on Qantas’ trans-Tasman routes.
• Qantas’ Status Fast Track offer has returned for a limited time and is now extended to New Zealand residents. The initiative allows individuals who hold eligible loyalty status with another qualifying airline program to fast track their frequent flyer status to Qantas’ Gold tier by earning 100 status credits before 30 July 2021.
We found plenty of great classic rewards date options yesterday to Queestown. Good luck with yours, paying or points it’s great to be flying international to ski again!