How you can do what I did and book a £205 Economy return flight to Sydney at noon today!

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Qantas turned 99 last weekend and, to celebrate its 100th year, is running a special promotion.  A select few can fly to Sydney for £205 return.

20 tickets will be sold at noon each day from Monday to Friday this week.

There is also a broader sale running although we now know it is limited to only economy fares – more on that below.

At least 50% of the seats on Monday went to Head for Points readers.  Two went to me!  I expect stiffer competition now as word will have got out.

100 London – Sydney ‘Golden Tickets’ will be sold for peanuts

The biggest discount is to be had on 100 Qantas Golden Tickets.  These are extremely discounted economy fares between London and Sydney.

20 Golden Tickets are being released at 12 noon (UK time) every day this week, Monday to Friday. They are for travel on certain Qantas flights only between London and Sydney, with different outbound dates available each day. 

On Monday, tickets were not available for booking until 12:15, so don’t give up if you see nothing at 12 on the dot!  As the week has gone, however, Qantas seems to have got more punctual.

The Golden Tickets are in theory being sold for £205 although they are actually showing up at £195.  Qantas is essentially reducing the fare component to zero, with the remaining the usual Air Passenger Duty for economy flights. £195 to Sydney return, even in economy, is obviously a steal if your body can handle the direct flight – note that there is no option to add a stopover in Singapore.

The tickets are fairly inflexible, as you would expect:

  • They are valid only on flights QF1 and QF2 from London to Sydney (these are the A380 flights via Singapore).
  • No stopover permitted
  • No changes permitted
  • Non-refundable
  • No name changes permitted
  • Qantas.com only

Interestingly, the tickets DO accrue Qantas miles and status. You will earn 140 Status Credits and 12,400 Qantas Points in fare class E. Unfortunately, it looks like you will earn ZERO Avios and tier points if you use a BA Executive Club number, so it’s best to just open a Qantas account. A quick search on wheretocredit.com suggests no other oneworld airline programs credit for ‘E’ class either.

Booking information and travel dates will be announced at noon each day on the Centenary Sale page, together with the complete terms and conditions.

The tickets aren’t as difficult to get as you might think, although word will probably have around by Tuesday.  We know a few readers picked up tickets, and I myself got two.  Signing up for the Qantas frequent flyer program speeds up the booking process and makes it less likely that someone else grabs your seat before you can click ‘Pay’.  Make sure you are logged in at noon and that your credit card details are in your profile.

Economy Sale

The accompanying Centenary Sale is economy-only, which is a bit of a bummer!  Let’s hope there will be a separate premium fare sale during the centenary year.

The lead in prices are £699+ for flights to Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. Unlike the Golden Tickets the fare rules are a little more relaxed, since you’ll be able to take one stopover in each direction. You must stay a Saturday or at least 3 days.

You will be able to see all the terms and conditions on the Centenary Sale page here.

Conclusion

Whilst flying economy for 22+ hours is not something I actively look forward to, for the exceptional price of £195 it was too tempting to miss!  Look out for my trip review in March.

The bookable dates vary every day, so if today’s outbound dates don’t suit you, you can try again another day. The best way to bag your tickets is to check the sale page here at midday and check the dates applicable for that day.  Go to the booking engine and make your date choices and keep refreshing. Qantas have said it can take up to 30 minutes for the tickets to appear in the system, although experience shows that it was more like 15 minutes on Monday and on the dot of noon on Wednesday.

You can book here.  Good luck.

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Comments

  1. All gone today. That was quick.

  2. Jill. (kinkell) says:

    I’m not a taker even at these golden prices. 22+ hours in economy, at my age, is 20 hours too many!

    • I’m with you. Distance is too far and too many hours to be sitting up. I need a bed for that length of trip, wouldn’t do it even in Premium Economy.

    • Hi,

      There is usually a 2-3 hour stop in Singapore which will give you the chance to get off the plane and at least use the toilets or get a coffee etc in the airport.
      Be aware that you may change planes in Singapore, everyone will need to get off the plane and take all of their items with them.

      • I believe the stopover on the outbound is just under 2 hours

      • Lady London says:

        It’s 1.5 hours. Just enough time for the A380 to unload everyone and get them all back on again. Remember SIN xrays hand luggage at departure gates even for transits.

  3. How do we know which dates the £205 price applies to? I’ve tried every month next year and none show the ‘golden ticket’ price?

    • They will show at £205 if available, for the dates shown in the article or the site.

      • Thanks Rob, but there was no mention of any dates in any of the articles?

        Would be great to know how people found the special low prices, what travel dates have those who were lucky enough been able to get, I was trying March?

  4. Travel dates are awful. Found one, but return flight would have been a throwaway, can’t be bothered to be down under for 2 months.

  5. got it easily on first try. shame I dont intend to buy/travel

  6. waiting for some gloatful comments 😛

  7. Mark1980 says:

    Out of interest, what would be a ‘normal’ price for a return economy ticket for uk – oz in their summer (our winter)?

    • £700, at a guess.

      You can usually get Business Class to Sydney for £1999 ish though. Qatar / Etihad from Scandinavia is widely available at this level, as is China Southern / China Eastern out of Amsterdam.

      Air China had Australia for £1500 in their Singles Day promo the other week if you were happy departing from Germany.

    • If you choose dates outside the promotion the website seems to offer seats at £437 each way so £874 for London to Sydney return

  8. I managed to get a pair of tickets at 12:15. BA Silver will blunt the blow of 22 hours in economy slightly…..

    • Any tips on how to find the dates Rhys, as I am struggling to see any, been looking since 12:05…

      • I found one from march 5 to may 4. Did not buy.

      • Looks like it’s sold out now, but the dates are announced at midday on the centenary sale site. For today it was:
        Outbound
        2 Mar 20 – 6 Mar 20

        Inbound
        16 Mar 20 – 24 Mar 20
        04 May 20 – 26 May 20
        11 Jun 20 – 13 Jun 20
        06 Oct 20 – 04 Nov 20

        • Sorry for the questions, but I’m surprised I didn’t see any in the time I was looking – did it show up as a 100 pound flight each way in the search multiple dates, or did you have to select a specific flight then the price changed to 200?

          • It was about £150 LHR-> SYD and £50 SYD->LHR

          • It shows up as the return cost (£195 rather than £205 actually) with a special banner saying ‘Golden Ticket’. It’s very visible.

            The tickets didn’t actually get released until 12:15 today – I kept trying until I saw something.

    • Priced up OK for me too at 12:15 but decided against the travel. I wish I could be 10 years younger, but I’d have to add chiropractor bills on top of the price now.

      • Lady London says:

        Same here when I did it in Y on SQ until I discovered massage in Singapore. After thé massage after 14hrs flight I could feel my coccyx again. That masseur discovered aches I never knew I had, and those aches had their own 2-storey aches on top, that I’d been carrying around on land and not just got on the aircraft. It made a huge différence to the remaining 9 hours flight on thé second leg.

        The QF centenary flight offer does not include enough time in SIN to get the airport massage sadly. At a regular price Id always build in 5-7hrs between planes in SIN for that and a few hours at the swimming pool.

    • Well done, Rhys, and any other readers who snapped up tickets.

      I found a Golden Ticket at 12:15 am, but just couldn’t make the dates work as I’ve got another big holiday in Feb and a few weekend TP runs in March… I’ll try again during the course of the week.

      I’ve never flown Qantas before, but I did go to NZ with Singapore in Economy a few years ago (before I discovered the wonders of business class travel) and it was actually fine (although I did manage to break up the journey on the way out and back, which helped).

    • @Rhys
      I got tickets at that time too.
      If you’re out in Sydney in March at the same time as me, I’ll buy you a couple of drinks for introducing me to this offer.
      My gf is overjoyed to visit Australia for the first time at such a low price.
      Thanks to all the HFP team.

      • It will be amazing. Try to do a day trip by train out to the blue mountains and do the cable car or whatever they call it over the top. Simply amazing views. Worth a full day. Buy the Nytol Dark Blue in Boots.

  9. I got to payment screen twice. Was quite easy to find. Took a while for systems to update (there was nothing bang on 12)

    The shortest trip was too long for me so gave up.

  10. I found £390 for 2 tickets (which is less than £205 ea) but the website crashed. Any idea what this is about?

  11. Christian says:

    I got one!
    Ticket Total for all passengers* 194.77
    Beat the headline price too!
    Lucky me, I never get lucky in these things….

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