Qantas announce first mystery flight since the 1990s

While it may sound like another revenue-generatingflight to nowhere“, this new concept conjured up by the brainiacs at Qantas goes against the trend.  Imagine, you buy a plane ticket, you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know what you’re going to do at the location. All you’ve been told is what to bring and which airport to turn up at. It’s like Love Island meets Russian roulette with a far lower probability of getting shot down. Sounds exciting right?

Qantas Flight To Nowhere
Qantas flight to nowhere flying through Australia’s Northern Territory, late last year. Photo: God Save The Points

The Qantas flights are due to go to three unknown, unannounced locations with a flight leaving Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, in that order. The kinky twist in Qantas’ itinerary is that these flights will land at three mystery destinations. Most “flights to nowhere” have been made possible during Covid due to the fact they did not land anywhere. Once at the mystery location, passengers will get involved in a day full of activities.

You could be sipping chardonnay amongst the grapevines of an award-winning vineyard, dipping your toes in the turquoise waters of a tropical island, or enjoying country hospitality at its finest. Whatever you end up doing, it will involve a scrumptious lunch. – Qantas stated.

Economy seats are retailing at A$737, and no, unfortunately I don’t think that Qantas have intentionally cracked as Boeing pun, fortunately, this fare is all-inclusive. For Qantas Frequent Flyers, the flight will fetch you 2,400 Qantas Points plus 40 Status Credits. You can fly in business too with the all-inclusive fare set at A$1,579 with 5,000 Qantas Points plus 80 Status Credits up for grabs.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation Qantas Dreamliner
Qantas mystery flights set to use a charter Boeing 737. Photo: Great Barrier Reef Foundation

Our new mystery flight adventures will offer a private charter Qantas B737 flight to and from the surprise location and a tailored itinerary on the ground to ensure you get the most out of your day trip. We’re working behind the scenes to create some truly wonderful experiences both on the ground and in the air. – Qantas said in a statement.

The adventure offers up plenty of value with exclusive merchandise, gift bags, inflight food and beverages as well as scenic flybys. On the ground, you will get to experience an activity that best showcases the destination, ready with a specially prepared lunch. While Qantas mentioned additional benefits for business passengers, they’ve been very vague about what these benefits are. This makes the additional A$848 a very questionable proposition.

Whitsundays Tropical North Queensland
Whitehaven Beach in the famous Whitsundays recently crowned the worlds best beach. Will the mystery flight take you past this North Queensland paradise? Photo: Australian Traveller

While Qantas is intentionally building suspense around the mystery locations, they have hinted at what to roughly expect from each destination. In true reality-television style, the destination matchmakers have left clues as to what you will do at your destination. Choose the flight departing Brisbane for country hospitality, gourmet food and wine with Australia’s great outdoors as a backdrop. Opt for Sydney’s departure if saltwater on your skin, sunbathing in the tropics and lunching on the beach is more your style. Melbourne’s getaway involves a small hike in Australia’s wilderness, regional farmers markets and naturally, gourmet food and wine.

We last offered mystery flights back in the 1990s where passengers would arrive at the airport and be placed on a scheduled flight to any destination across the Qantas network.

Victoria's Yarra Valley wine region
Victoria’s Yarra Valley wine region. Photo: AWSEC

While these mystery flights provide a great adventure to those partaking, it also allows out of work Qantas staff to return to work. The scheme also injects some tourism in regional areas of Australia that have been heavily impacted by the Covid19 pandemic. Another positive takeaway is that all mystery flights will operate with net-zero emissions. Qantas stated that 100% of carbon emissions will be offset.

Which departing flight itinerary is more your style and would you go given the opportunity? Let us know in the comments!
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Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green
Contributing Reporter - Jonathan is a creative professional of international acclaim with a strong background in aviation journalism, fashion photography and travel writing. Jonathan writes about commercial aviation, travel and tourism, aerospace engineering, and sustainability. With extensive industry knowledge and connections, Jonathan works closely with tech start-ups and established global brands and agencies in Australia and worldwide.


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