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.

Qantas Centenary Sale

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
  • 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 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.


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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  1. Ashley Moorman says:

    I got one woop! Trouble is I didnt have time to read any of the information in the booking process. Can anyone here help?

    Do i get BA Tier Points for this? Should i use BAEC or register for the Quantas scheme?

    Thank you!

    • Trying to work this out myself. Fare class E, which is not on the BA/Qantas chart. Will ask.

      • Rhys, well done for getting tickets. I have a feeling that if the flight class is not listed on the BA / Qantas earning table you don’t get anything. There are instances of people buying Premium Economy tickets on AA which don’t appear in the BA/AA table and they weren’t eligible for anything.

        Do let us know if BA says different.

        • That’s my hunch too but since I can ask Qantas directly I thought I would!

        • Qantas confirm they will earn points and status 🙂
          Edit: it looks like they only Qantas points, so no Avios!

          • Err, how can Qantas confirm they will earn tier points in BAEC? They will certainly earn in QFF, but that was never in doubt.

            I don’t think they will earn anything in BAEC, or in anything other than QFF.

            QFF is a pretty lousy scheme if you don’t fly Qantas primarily.

          • Ashley Moorman says:

            I suppose beggars can’t be choosers.

  2. I took advantage of a Virgin Freddie Fare back in 2005/6, prices to Sydney stopping over in Hong Kong were £357 rtn in Economy.

    Shows how good the Qantas offer is, but more than a decade later (after being spoilt flying flat beds) I’m not sure I could do it again in Economy especially without a stop over..

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Mrs Yorkieflyer and I did the same with a stopover each way in HKG and got married in Oz!

  3. Update : Qantas says they’re all sold out within 2 minutes of opening.

    • Totally untrue. Rhys booked his at 12.16.

      They weren’t even loaded at noon. Because of the way Qantas is loading them, they drop in between 12 and 12.30. It seems they can’t just flick a switch at 12 and they appear.

  4. The other fares are underwhelming. Business in particular at 9 times the price of economy is simply barking mad.

  5. Is there a chance of this spreading to Business or First as per the thoughts in the original article this morning?

    • This particular sale does not include business or first. Hopefully there will be one in the future 🙂

  6. I think I must be getting old.

    Ten years ago, I took advantage of the BA Ashes promo (where the price to SYD was going to be however many runs Australia made in the First Test at Lords – £215 in the end). It was perfectly bearable.

    These days, my appetite for an unnecessary jaunt around the world in Y is not so strong! Cograts to anyone who gets one.

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      Would love to try and jump on this but with the prospect of buying a house in 2020 with a trip to Orlando already booked and New York penciled in it’s just going to be too much!

    • We got the same tickets and our baggage was delayed a day so received $200 cash compensation each, now that was a cheap flight!

    • flyforfun says:

      I got one of those fares!!

      Got to work extra early that morning as we had “fast” internet there. Had gone through the website several times to make sure all the fields were pre populated. Bam! 8am it open and I’d booked my flight in about 40 seconds. 3 minutes is all it took for the 400 odd seats to be sold. I went back for just over a week from memory.

      I’d do it again at that price! Qantas’s A380 in Y is way more comfortable than a B787.

  7. Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Looks like out bound was 2-6 March. Return was 16-24 March, then some dates in May, July, and Oct. Wish I had that kind of flexibility to go to Oz for for 7mths but I think the family might object.

  8. Blindman says:


    I just bought 2 returns at £194.77 about 10 minutes ago!!!

    Outbound Mar 5th
    Return March 28th

    • Maybe someone cancelled and they were added back into the mix!

      • Blindman says:

        Possibly, but I did not see an y T&C’s that say you can cancel the ticket, unless the 24 hr grace period is always true for airline tickets.

        Shows that its worth having a look see later on for this exact scenario.

        Should we collate a HfP “Aussie meet up?”

        • Mr(s) Entitled says:

          I might lose my S if the first non-London HfP gathering is the even less convenient Sydney! :o)

        • I’m game! I got tickets from March 3rd to 16th, which are good dates for me.

  9. Blindman says:

    Possible tip for others tomorrow

    When you choose your dates make sure you select “FLEXIBLE WITH DATES”

    You then get a week either side of your selected date and it shows the lowest fares

    £141 was the outbound
    £54 was the inbound.

  10. I feel a pain in my coccyx just thinking about it but congrats to Rhys and all readers getting this deal. A great feel-good way to (re)experience Australia and the a380..

  11. PAT BEST says:

    Any body know if you manage to get the Golden ticket, if you can upgrade it to Prem or Business?

    • Blindman says:

      When I was booking it the option to upgrade to PE did appear, think it was £2K

      I did not take much notice TBHO.

    • You can upgrade from economy to premium economy, business etc. using Qantas points. However it takes a lot of points and may require status for the upgrade to actually come through.

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