How to Make The Most of The AmEx $450 Qantas Flight Bonus for a Domestic Trip?

Hi guys,

Like almost everybody here, I have a $450 Qantas flight credit with my Amex card that I would like to spend between November and Feb. In principle, I would like to stay within the $800 all inclusive, if realistic. I know little of Australia: apart from my office desk in Sydney, I only visited Melbourne, Cairns and Arley beach. In principle, I'd like to do a few days off somewhere on the coral reef where snorkelling is possible from the shore (so, technically speaking Arley would not be an option, but Hamilton island would be). I'm open to any recommendation.

Since the goal would be to maximize benefits, I mention I also have a qantas platinum card (if of any use for leveraging extra benefits).



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    Try some island destinations where discounted ticket almost never come by. or maybe

  • I'll check there, thanks

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    Cairns too, can stay in Port Douglas

    • I've been to Port Douglas a couple of times out of season, nice and quiet, plenty of cheap hotels, couple of okish restaurants and the snorkelling trips were good. Easy to rent a car in Cairns and just drive up to Port Douglas and the Daintree.

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    Was it Airlie Beach you went to?

    If your primary purpose is to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, there are plenty of island resorts; some will have better access than others to reef snorkelling.

    • Yes, correct, sorry.
      thanks for the info!

  • Try Magnetic Island (Townsville) (snorkelling not as good as other locations). If shoreline snorkelling is the focus Bowen (definitely not a tourist town but has the best beach snorkeling outside Whitsundays which you do know about.

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