Qantas has rolled out an interesting promotion, discounting tickets by the exact price a U.S. passport costs (US$135) in order to promote flights to Australia.
The discount will apply for each passenger on eligible fares purchased (any class of service, infant tickets not applicable) between October 19 2017 and November 28 2017.
Purchases must be made through the Qantas Passport Redeem landing page (access here).
Below is a promotional video Qantas uploaded on Youtube:
I went to price out an itinerary and the discount actually reflects as promises so this appears to be an honest promotion, not some bogus discount. Good job Qantas!
Obviously you don’t need to be a U.S. citizen to profit from this promotion, however it is only valid for U.S. departure cities.
Interesting promotion with a very decent discount. The promotion is actually based on data from the U.S. State Department (see here) that only a very small fraction of U.S. citizens actually holds a valid passport. For the last decade, between 14-18 Million passports are issued annually including those that replace expiring ones. As an overall number that isn’t a very large number considering you even need one to visit Canada and Mexico (even though going via land border a U.S. Passport Card would be sufficient).
Here are the Terms & Conditions for this promotion:
Disclaimer: * Passport cost is calculated based on the combined total of the application fee ($110) and execution fee ($25) of an adult first-time applicant for a passport book in the United States. Information correct as at 15 September 2017 and published at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/fees.html Qantas Airways will provide a discount of $135 on any advertised adult or child fare to Australia in any class of service, however infant fares and frequent flyer redemption travel are not eligible. Discount will apply for each passenger on eligible fares purchased between 19 October 2017 and 28 November 2017. All currency is quoted in USD. To be eligible for this offer, booking must be made at qantas.com/passportredeem and the code ‘PASSPORT’ entered. Even if you already have a valid US passport, Qantas will honor the discount provided the process above is followed. After entry of code, total price will display with discount applied and taxes included for the least expensive itinerary. Prices may change at any time and are not guaranteed until payment is made. Offer valid until 28 November 2017 and is only available on tickets originating and purchased in the United States. Discount is not transferable, redeemable for cash and cannot be combined with any other offer. Qantas Airways is not responsible for the processing of applications for U.S. passports or for the issuance of visas by Australian authorities. For more information visit qantas.com/passport. This offer is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with the US Office of Passport Services or any other office of the US Department of State or US Government. Conditions applicable to specific fares purchased continue to apply, including but not limited to, restrictions on dates of purchase and dates of travel, including any blackout dates.