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Qantas launches second frequent flyer points auction

written by Hannah Dowling | December 1, 2021

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Qantas is embarking on a second online frequent flyer points auction, with items such as second-hand A380 seats, and experiences including a five-star dining experience at Qantas’ Sydney first class lounge up for grabs.

Over the next nine days, Qantas will send 10 items and experiences in total to auction, with Qantas frequent flyers free to use up some of their saved-up points on luxurious experiences, holidays and money-can’t-buy collectable items.

As borders finally begin to open, this round of the points auction also includes flights and holiday experiences, such as a ski trip to Whistler in Canada, an eight-night stay in London and a private jet trip to Hamilton Island.

Meanwhile, a four-night luxurious experience in South Australia is the first prize to go under the hammer, with the auction kicking off on Wednesday morning.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said that the second points auction comes after strong demand from members “looking for unique ways to use their points”, and high interest in Qantas’ first points auction earlier this year.

“The response from our first points auction was phenomenal,” Wirth said. “We saw tens of thousands of visitors to the auction site with our frequent flyers really embracing the opportunity to use their points to treat themselves and their loved ones to once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

“From taking to the slopes with an Olympian in Whistler, to a private dining experience prepared by Neil Perry in the First lounge, we have no doubt that these auction items will be in hot demand. We can’t wait to see the bidding unfold in the coming days,” she added.

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“Throughout the pandemic frequent flyers have continued to earn points on the ground, and we’ll continue to provide new and unique opportunities for them to put their points to good use.”

It comes after Qantas’ first auction, which kicked off in July, saw one frequent flyer drop two million frequent flyer points on two used A380 business class seats, as well as The Block serial bidder Danny Wallis spend over six million points on two money-can’t-buy experiences.

Wallis spent 1,200,001 frequent flyer points on a 787 Dreamliner simulator experience and then, splashed 4,848,484 points to claim an exclusive private charter experience from Melbourne to Tasmania for himself and up to 30 others on a QantasLink Dash 8.

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A full list of Qantas’ second points auction prizes and auction dates are as follows:

Day 1 – Wednesday, 1 December: South Australia at its luxurious best

  • Two return Business flights to Adelaide.
  • Four nights’ accommodation:
    • Two nights at The Louise located in the heart of the Barossa, including dinner for two with paired wines at fine dining restaurant Appellation, and a scenic helicopter tour of the Barossa Valley.
    • Two nights at EOS by SkyCity, including indulgent spa plus wellness treatments, and a four-course dinner for two with matched wines at Sôl Restaurant and a private foraging trip with the head chef, Kane Pollard.
  •  A full day of Yalumba winery tour for two hosted by sixth generation family member, Jessica Hill-Smith.
  • Car hire for five days
  • Starting bid = 100k Qantas points

Day 2 – Thursday, 2 December: Iconic London wrapped up in one amazing package

  • Two return Business flights to London.
  • Eight-night stay at the five-star May Fair Hotel.
  • Half day helicopter tour of London with a stopover for lunch at Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Hind’s Head in Bray.
  • A private three-hour appointment with one of London’s leading high-end perfumers, Floris London (British Perfumers Est. 1730), to design a signature scent.
  • Private tour of London in a Mini Cooper to discover some of London’s best kept secrets with a local.
  • AIRE Ancient Baths experience including a relaxing massage and private red wine soak bath.
  • Starting bid = 500k Qantas points

Day 3 – Friday, 3 December: SYD for NYE: The best New Year’s Eve of your life.

  • Three-night stay for two in a King Opera Deluxe room at Park Hyatt Sydney overlooking the Sydney Opera House.
  • Special New Year’s Eve Dinner package for two at The Dining Room, Park Hyatt Sydney.
  • Champagne long lunch for two at the Park Hyatt on Thursday 30 December 2021.
  • A bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne provided on NYE and two pairs of Qantas First Class pyjamas.
  • Starting bid = 100k Qantas Points

Day 4 – Saturday, 4 December: Winter in Whistler: Luxury ski package

  • Two return Business flights to Vancouver.
  • Six-night stay for two guests at Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
  • Four-day ski access at Whistler including equipment rental and lift passes.
  • One day private experience on the slopes with an Olympian.
  • One full day heli-assisted backcountry ski tour with Extremely Canadian and Blackcomb Helicopters.
  • Special private dinner by snowmobile to the Bearfoot Bistro dinner in a private wine cellar experience, including champagne sabering and a trip to the Ketel One Vodka Ice Room.
  • Starting bid = 500k Qantas Points

Day 5 – Sunday, 5 December: First Class all the way: Neil Perry x Pommery dining experience

  • A five-course bespoke menu created with the freshest seasonal ingredients prepared by Neil Perry for 15 people in Qantas’ First Lounge in Sydney.
  • Pommery Champagne on arrival and a Cuvée paired with each course.
  • A selection of still wines from the Qantas First Lounge.
  • Starting bid = 100k Qantas Points

Day 6 – Monday, 6 December: Tee time: A day on the green at Huntingdale Golf Course

  • 18 holes of golf at the members-only Huntingdale Golf course for four people.
  • Lunch or dinner (depending on tee time) at the club house restaurant.
  • Puma Golf apparel pack for each player.
  • Garmin Approach S62 Golf watch for all four players (valued at $799 each).
  • Use of Garmin Golf equipment on the day, including rangefinders and launch monitors.
  • Starting bid = 100k Qantas Points

Day 7 – Tuesday, 7 December: The private jet set: A luxury day trip to Hamilton Island

  • Luxurious private jet, previously owned by the Dutch Royal family, for up to 24 people from Brisbane Airport VIP Terminal to Hamilton Island.
  • Champagne and continental breakfast onboard.
  • Scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Luxury, private charter boat to world-famous Whitehaven Beach including a gourmet picnic.
  • Visit Catseye Beach by kayak, paddleboard or catamaran or take in the view by the main pool.
  • Starting bid = 3.5 million Qantas Points

Day 8 – Wednesday, 8 December: On the pitch with Ricky: Tour the MCG with Ricky Ponting

  • A tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and locker rooms for six people, accompanied by Ricky Ponting, lunch and Ponting Wines wine tasting session.
  • Starting bid = 100k Qantas Points

Day 9 – Thursday, 9 December:

Item 1 – Upgrade your lounge room

  • A pair of pre-loved A380 Premium Economy seats
  • Also includes a pre-loved, full-sized bar cart including a set of Qantas crockery and cutlery.
  • Starting bid = 100k Qantas points

Item 2: Sky-high slumber

  • A pre-loved A330 Business seat
  • Also includes a pre-loved, full-sized bar cart including a set of Qantas crockery and cutlery and a converter to plug it into an electrical output (for recline function and reading lights).
  • Starting Bid = 100k Qantas points

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