Qantas Has Overhauled Its Frequent Flyer Program, And It’s Probably Great News For You
Recently Qantas announced the biggest series of changes ever made to its Frequent Flyer loyalty program. The changes cover everything from offering more rewards to members, lowering fees on international rewards seats and adding a new way to show love for members who earn points on the ground.
The changes are all aimed at giving Frequent Flyer members more options and opportunities to fulfil their travel dreams. If you’re already a member, read on to find out about all the changes. If you’re not a member yet, read on to find out how becoming a Qantas Frequent Flyer member can help you out (and remember, you can join for free without paying the $99.50 joining fee if you sign up to our AWOL newsletter!).
Qantas Frequent Flyer is adding more than one million extra reward seats across Qantas and its partner airlines. Members will be able to spend their Qantas Points on seats to the airline’s most popular destinations like Singapore, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo – and with five new partner airlines, members will be able to unlock rewards on flights to destinations across New Zealand, Europe and South-East Asia.a
Qantas is also cutting the points cost of international Economy reward seats by up to 10 percent, and reducing fees by up to 50 percent. For example, an Economy Classic Reward flight from Sydney to San Francisco once cost 45,000 Frequent Flyer points plus $264 in taxes, fees and carrier charges. The same flight will now cost 41,900 points plus $204.b
“We know the majority of our members want to use their points to take a dream trip overseas, so we are adding more reward seats including First, Business and Premium Economy, to places like London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Singapore as well as slashing carrier charges,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
Qantas Frequent Flyer will recognise its members who earn lots of points through activities other than flying. For the first time, members will be able to unlock flight and travel benefits – including lounge access and bonus status credits – as well as member-exclusive offers and discounts across Qantas Frequent Flyer through their everyday points earn, such as shopping, health insurance and spending on credit cards.
These changes will be rolled out in the next 12 months, rewarding new and existing members with more flexibility and freedom than ever.
These announcements aren’t the only recent improvement to the Qantas Frequent Flyer rewards program. In May 2019 the airline unveiled the first Points Plane, a brand-new service that passengers can book exclusively with their points.
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You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.
a. Classic Flight Rewards are available on Qantas, Jetstar and partner airlines. Seats are subject to capacity controls, availability is limited, and some flights may not have any Classic Flight Rewards available. Taxes, fees and carrier charges are payable to Qantas (excluding any amounts payable to third parties at the airport) in addition to the points required. For more information, visit Classic Flight Rewards.
b. Carrier charges reduced on all Qantas and Jetstar International Classic Flight Rewards in all cabins (excluding direct flights to and from New Zealand and select Qantas flights to and from the South Pacific). Qantas Points and taxes, fees and carrier charges quoted for one-way Qantas Frequent Flyer Classic Flight Rewards are accurate as at May 2019 and subject to change.