Qantas upgauges Honolulu flights to Boeing 747s five months early

by James Wilkinson

Qantas is set to send Boeing 747s to Honolulu from Sydney five months earlier than expected due to increased demand.

It’s a win for frequent flyers with thousands more reward seats now available to Honolulu thanks to the upgauge in aircraft from an Airbus A330 to a Boeing 747-400 from this month.

Qantas said that between Sydney and Honolulu there are currently 1,900 Economy, 370 Premium Economy and 200 Business redemption seats available to book as Classic Flight Rewards in each direction between 20 August 2018 and 15 April 2019: that’s an average of 55 redemption seats per week in each direction for Economy, 11 for Premium Economy and six per week in the Business cabin.

“Hawaii is one of our Frequent Flyers’ favourite holiday destinations so we expect these seats to be snapped up quickly,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

“We know our customers love using their Qantas Points to book flights or upgrade to Business.

“Flight redemptions are the most popular way for people to use their Qantas Points, with members using their points to purchase a staggering 4.6 million seats each year for the past five years,” the spokesperson said.

Qantas also said there was good availability of Economy redemption seats on flights to the United States and London between September and November 2018.

The spokesperson said Los Angeles has over 10,500 Economy redemption seats available, or 800 per week; San Francisco and Dallas both have close to 5,000 Economy redemption seats available, or 350 per week; Sydney/Perth to London has over 3,000 Economy redemption seats available, or 250 per week; and London to Sydney/Perth has over 1,500 Economy redemption seats available, or 120 per week.