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How to book domestic QantasLink flights in Australia with Avios points

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This article shows you how to book domestic QantasLink flights in Australia using Avios – and the answer is not to use

If you are heading down to Australia in the near future, there is an Avios quirk which is good to know about.

Qantas is, of course, a member of the oneworld airline alliance alongside British Airways.  This means that you can book Qantas flights using your Avios points, directly at

How to book Qantaslink using Avios

Qantas has a subsidiary, QantasLink, which flies between regional destinations across Australia. To quote:

QantasLink is located at Qantas Terminal 3 in Sydney with customers travelling to and from Sydney enjoying exclusive world-class facilities. QantasLink flights also depart from Qantas domestic terminals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, and Perth.

It uses a mixed fleet of Airbus A320, Boeing 717, Fokker F100 and Bombardier Q400, A300 and 200 series turboprops.

You can’t book these flights on

Reward flights on QantasLink do NOT appear on when you search for reward seats – only mainline Qantas flights appear.

However, it IS possible to use Avios to book these services.

How can I find QantasLink Avios availability?

There are two options.

The first option is to use the Qantas website, although this is a bit more fiddly.

The first thing to do is to register for a Qantas Frequent Flyer account via their website.  You can then search for availability via the main booking page by ticking the box saying ‘Use points’.

As an example, Sydney to Hobart is showing as a ‘Classic Reward’ for 15th March in Economy Class and Business Class.  ONLY ‘Classic Reward’ seats can be booked with Avios – ignore the other reward pricing shown.

The easiest way is to use the American Airlines website.  This is because you don’t need to create a frequent flyer account – simply select ‘Redeem Miles’.  If a QantasLink flight shows as available with AA miles then it will be available with Avios.

For the same flight:

Unfortunately, if you go to then the flight does NOT show up because it is QantasLink:

If you call British Airways Executive Club, they CAN find and book QantasLink flights for Avios.  You need to tell the agent the flight details – which you have already confirmed from the Qantas or American Airlines sites – and it should show as available on their system.

Sydney to Hobart is 646 miles and so falls into the cheapest Avios partner pricing band of 6,000 Avios each way for Economy and 12,500 Avios each way in Business.  Ignore the number of points shown on the Qantas and American Airlines websites – this only applies if you are booking using their miles.

Regular commentator Alan is well experienced in booking these services and gave the following tips last time we looked at this topic:

  • If the British Airways agent initially says there’s no availability for a return flight, ask them to check as one way flights each way rather than return – they will often then appear
  • Internal flights in Australia can be pretty cheap on low cost carriers but there are often high baggage fees.  This can still make Avios redemptions look good value.  If you have British Airways status you would be able to access Qantas domestic lounges which are fairly reasonable.
  • For flights within New Zealand take a close look at the Air New Zealand Grab A Seat ( website.  It is separate to their main one and can have vastly lower prices.   Air New Zealand is a Star Alliance member so if you have Gold status with any of their airlines you will get free seat selection and lounge access.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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British Airways American Express

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

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American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (22)

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  • Dan says:

    Within the last 3 months I have used Air New Zealand domestic flights and used my Star Alliance Gold status when booking the ticket. I have gold status with TAP which was status matched with my British Airways Gold Exec Club. When phoning the Air New Zealand the agent confirmed that whilst my TAP gold status is recognised, Air New Zealand does not honour free seat selection on domestic flights, this is only honoured on international flights.

    Therefore you will find that whilst you can indeed benefit from free lounge entry, your seat selection will be charged if you wish to book in advance, otherwise you will need to wait until check-in to be allocated a seat without charge.

    I made 2 separate calls prior to the flight and enquired at the airport, this change seems to be recent. Whether this breaches their obligations as a Star Alliance member I am unsure.

  • Dan says:

    Further to booking Qantaslink flights. Within the last 30 days I have used this process as advised in this article and found 2 classic reward flights available using the Qantas App. I was able to use to directly book these one way flights between Adelaide and Sydney without having to call an agent at the BA call centre. Availability popped up on mirroring that of the Qantas App. When paying the usual variations of avios and taxes chart appeared. My selection made the cost per PAX in business class 13,500 avios and £54 taxes. I then used the booking reference provided by BA on the Qantas site to book free seat selection, due to my BA Gold / One World Emerald status.

    • Paul says:

      Dan are you sure that was QantasLink? Respectfully it sounds more likely it is operated by mainline Qantas (who do fly ADL-SYD) which explains why you were able to book online.

      I have had success in the past following the advice in this post booking QantasLink by phone using Avios.

  • yorkieflyer says:

    Yes Avios flights on Qantaslink can be remarkably good value on off beat routes, we’ve used twice to Lord Howe island

  • Softy25 says:

    Thanks for the advice I have used 241 to fly on BA to SYD staying up until 0100 and wanted to use the QF link B717 to OOL. This is great news I’m on to it.

  • Alan says:

    Haha thanks for running this again, Rob – takes me back to when I worked in Oz about 6 years ago when I first mentioned these tips, not really a surprise that BA IT hasn’t changed over the period 😂 Still great value to be had on these routes – for example although it’s Qantas rather than QantasLink I’ve booked Norfolk Island for my next trip in Feb, was fantastic value from SYD vs cash!

    • JAXBA says:

      This QantasLink issue easily goes back to early/mid-2000s, so ongoing up to almost 20 years.. think it’s towards the top of’s RightNow to-do list yet?

  • roberto says:

    I flew Melbourne to Sydney and back last month on Qantas and there must be 40+ flights a day between these two hubs across various carriers. Prices even a few weeks out were very low and I would reccomend a cash fare over and above looking at award options on this route.

    • Alan says:

      Depends on the date/time IME – plus fully flexible with Avios and free checked bag included can swing it too. Agree cash fares not bad sometimes too. Availability weird, occasional days have zero rewards available yet cash prices not bonkers. Way better value with Avios cf other rewards currencies though at least.

      • Lyn says:

        Avios can be useful for business class flights within Australia as cash fares are often high for almost all routes. Lounge access is an extra advantage in this case for those without status.

        Agree that Avios are better than others for non-stop Australian domestic flights. The situation is a bit more complicated for flights with connections. Alaska Airlines can also be useful for their free stopover, even on one-way flights.

  • ianM says:

    It would be easiest if you could book directly on the AA site – can you convert points or miles into AA miles??

    • Rob says:

      Only easy way in UK is Amex to Marriott to AA but transfer could take 2 weeks in total.

  • Mikeact says:

    This is/was a great way to really get off the beaten track in Aus….it was easy to book while over there as long as you are flexible with dates sometimes…the worst I recall was having to leave a day later from somewhere…really messed up our 3 month trip!

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