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Qantas business class upgrade guide

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Nobody likes to fly in economy, so how do you go about getting an upgrade to business class?

There's plenty of myths and misinformation on how to get a free upgrade, including the classic clunker that you should dress up so you look like somebody who belongs at the pointy end of the plane.

Fact is, the most reliable way to get an upgrade from economy to business class is to use your Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

Even if your budget only stretches to a seat in cattle class, your Qantas Points can make up the difference – and upgrades are considered one of the best ways to use those points.

The number of points you’ll need depends on the fare you’ve purchased and the distance you’re travelling. Premium economy tickets and flexible fares in economy require fewer points, while the cheaper tickets require more.

For example, a business class upgrade from Sydney-Perth could be yours for 20, 000 points on a regular economy ticket, or just 10, 000 points on a flexible fare.

Heading overseas? You could be relaxing in Qantas business class from Melbourne to Hong Kong for 40, 000 points, or from Sydney to Los Angeles for 72, 000 points.

Upgrade requests can be made through the Qantas website, over the phone and even at the airport lounge.

Here's what you need to know to turn those spare frequent flyer points into a much better travel experience for your next domestic or international Qantas flight.

Qantas domestic business class

Even the cheapest Qantas economy class ticket can be upgraded to business class on flights within Australia.

However, the ensure that a maximum number of business class seats remain available to fare-paying passengers, Qantas limits the number of upgrades that are available.

These can vary from flight to flight, and the upgrades which are allocated are done on a first-come, first-served basis, so you’ll want to request your upgrade as early as possible.

Requesting upgrades more than 24 hours before departure

Within Australia, upgrades to business class can be processed from any economy ticket on any domestic flight.

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