Another day, another Qantas post. Unfortunate this time it’s for some bad news.
This has certainly been the month of Qantas:
- 5 weeks ago we broke the news that AMEX points could be transferred to Qantas points.
- 5 weeks ago I wrote about a targeted Qantas transfer bonus and how to be targeted for future promotions.
- 5 weeks ago we broke the news that you could get a 20% transfer bonus from AMEX to Qantas.
- 3 weeks ago I wrote about how Qantas was actually adding an unpublished 44% bonus on AMEX transfers, making for some insane bargains on El Al awards in all classes of service.
- 3 weeks ago I made a chart comparing El Al and Qantas points requirements with a 20% or 44% bonus.
- 2 weeks ago I wrote about a great trick to book El Al awards using Qantas points from 15 cities that aren’t bookable online. This post contains lots of information about booking El Al awards with Qantas points, so you’ll want to read this if you haven’t yet.
- 1.5 weeks ago I wrote about lots of Qantas program changes and made a new award chart comparison with El Al Matmid. Awards are now cheaper than ever in economy, though premium cabin awards will go up in September.
- Last Sunday I wrote about Qantas adding the ability to book El Al tickets from more cities online.
- Last Wednesday I wrote about Qantas removing erroneous award fees from El Al flights and how to get a refund.
- Last Thursday I wrote about Qantas adding the ability to book same day El Al awards.
- Last Thursday I made an updated “all about” post, combining most of the information from all of my Qantas posts on El Al travel.
Alas, the party may already be over.
Ending today, you can still take advantage of a 20% bonus when transferring AMEX points to Qantas.
Qantas has been adding an extra 20% (for an effective 44% bonus) in batches, within 1-5 days of transfers. However the last reported extra bonus was deposited to accounts on June 26th for transfers on June 25th or earlier.
Some transfers on June 25th after an unknown cutoff time have not received the bonus and seemingly no transfers after June 25th have received a bonus.
It’s certainly possible that Qantas will add an additional 20% bonus, but I would no longer assume that will be the case.
The 20% bonus can still be worth taking advantage of and in the chart in this post I compared the 20% bonus with the 44% bonus for how many points you need for El Al award flights. However it’s certainly no longer as lucrative as a 44% bonus.
I’ve written many times that this can end at any time and is not guaranteed. This deal lasted for 25 days, which is impressive for a truly incredible deal. It’s yet another lesson that you shouldn’t wait for the last minute to take advantage of great deals.
Even without the 20% bonus, Qantas points are still a great option for El Al flights.
If you only got a 20% bonus and were expecting a 44% bonus, you may want to transfer more points today. That way you can take advantage of the 20% bonus offer ending today to make up for any points deficit you may have in order to book your desired awards.
If you still haven’t transferred points it can definitely be worthwhile to transfer points today, even with the assumption that you will only get a 20% bonus. See this post for everything you need to know about booking El Al awards with Qantas points and how many points you should transfer for an El Al award with a 20% points bonus. That post also has information for the higher premium cabin rates that go into effect for ticket issued as of 9/18, so be sure to book your ticket before 9/18 if at all possible.
Will you still transfer points from AMEX to Qantas today?