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Update: Several DDF members have received a refund of the extra taxes paid by sending an SMS to Qantas at 1-478-772-6827. One reader said that they were only able to secure the refund after sending Qantas a link to this post 😀
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Originally posted on 6/25:
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There are just a few days left to take advantage of an incredible 44% bonus on point transfers to Qantas. Qantas points are an excellent way to redeem for El Al awards without fuel surcharges.
I’ve mentioned a few times though that Qantas has been adding a small tax onto premium cabin award tickets that should not be charged on award tickets.
When you purchase a paid one-way ticket from Newark to Tel Aviv, there are 4 fees owed as shown below on the tax breakdown for a paid flight:
However on an award ticket you should only be responsible for the 9/11 fee of $5.60 and the Israel Security surcharge of $4. Qantas has been erroneously charging the $18.60 US departure tax as well and that fee should not apply on award tickets.
On the return you should be responsible for the Israel departure tax of $26.81, the Israel Security fee of $4, the US immigration fee of $7, the US Customs fee of $5.77, and the US APHIS fee of $3.96, for a total of $47.54. Qantas has been erroneously charging the $18.60 US arrivals tax as well and that fee should not apply on award tickets.
Qantas has been charging $94.34 round-trip for premium cabin tickets between the US and Israel, but they have now correctly removed the $18.60 each way US departure and arrivals tax, so the new price is $57.14/ticket on a round-trip:
Qantas is also incredible for infant tickets as they only charge $24.73 tax for a lap child round-trip between the US and Tel Aviv. Other airlines charge 10% of the miles or 10% of the regular fare for lap children!
Only need a one-way ticket?
You’ll pay $9.60 from the US to Israel:
The infant charge from US to Israel only adds $4!
A one-way ticket from Israel to the US will be charged £37.20 (Currently $47.24):
The infant charge from Israel to the US adds £16.20 (Currently $20.57):
If you already paid the $18.60 fee, you can try contacting Qantas for a refund. If that doesn’t work you can technically file a DoT complaint, but personally I’d advise against rocking the boat too much here…
With the 44% bonus for AMEX transfers you can fly one-way from the US to Israel for just 26,250 points in economy, 43,750 points for premium economy, or 54,167 points for business class plus $9.60 in taxes. The return flight has the same mileage requirement, but has $47.24 in taxes.
That’s a fraction of the miles (AMEX points transfer to El Al at a 50:1 ratio) and the $348.84 in fuel surcharges and fees that you would need for a round-trip with El Al Matmid points:
Want to earn Qantas points?
- You can transfer AMEX Or Citi points to Qantas at a 1:1 ratio, Barclays points at a 1.4:1 ratio, Capital One points at a 2:1.5 ratio, or Marriott points to Qantas at a 60K:25K ratio.
- Currently there are stackable bonuses for transfers from AMEX to Qantas.
- Currently there is another bonus for all credit card transfers to Qantas. Here’s how to get targeted in the future.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to Qantas include:
Barclays doesn’t currently offer any cards to new customers with transferable points. If you have a discontinued Arrival Premier card you can transfer points.
Capital One cards with transferable points to Qantas include:
- The Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business offering 50,000 miles for spending $4,500 in 3 months and 2 miles per dollar spent. Get free Global Entry/Pre-Check Membership. $95 annual fee waived for the first year.
- The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card offering 50,000 miles for spending $3,000 in 3 months and 2 miles per dollar spent. $95 annual fee waived for the first year.
Citi cards with transferable points to Qantas include:
- Citi Premier offering 60,000 points for a limited time for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on travel and gas, and 2 points per dollar on dining and entertainment. $95 annual fee.
- Citi Prestige offering 50,000 points for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 5 points per dollar on airfare and dining, and 3 points per dollar on hotels. $495 annual fee.
- The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 15,000 points for spending $1,000 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles or get a 25% added value for paid airfare, plus get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee.
Marriott cards with transferable points to Qantas include:
- Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Consumer Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express®Card
- All 3 of these cards offer 75K points for spending $3K in 3 months, elite status, and free annual nights at Marriott hotels.
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card offering 50K points for spending $2K in 3 months and no annual fee. Here is a comparison of all Marriott cards.
Have you used Qantas points for El Al award travel?