Latest News from Qantas Frequent Flyer
The new Qantas Frequent Flyer membership card
The launch of the next generation of the Qantas Frequent Flyer membership card is getting closer.
The new-look membership card will be enhanced with technology we've called Qantas CashTM. Qantas Cash will allow Australia-based members to pre-load money onto their card to spend both in Australia and overseas. It will also give members the opportunity to earn points on eligible purchases when spending their own money.
Changes to British Airways Classic Award flights
Effective from 1 September 2013, other than for travel on a oneworld® Classic Award, the Partner Classic Award table will apply to all Award Trips for flights with a British Airways (BA) flight number. This change does not affect travel on British Airways flights as part of a oneworld Classic Award.^
Less points and more destinations with Jetstar
We've made it easier for you to be rewarded with Jetstar, taking 20% off the number of points you need for a Jetstar Classic Award# when you travel on Jetstar only. Better still, you can now use your points for Classic Award flights on Jetstar Asia, Valuair and Jetstar Japan - that's flights with a 3K, VF or GK flight number - so you can explore more of Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific. The new points levels apply to Jetstar Classic Award bookings made from 8 April 2013 for bookings on Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Valuair (VF) and Jetstar Japan (GK) only or a combination of these carriers.
The Qantas and Emirates partnership launches
On 31 March 2013 Qantas and Emirates mark the official start of their historic partnership, with the first Qantas flights departing from Sydney and Melbourne to London via the international hub of Dubai.
The partnership marks a new era for Qantas and Emirates, and a seismic change for global aviation, as the two carriers collaborate to deliver the best network, lounges, frequent flyer benefits and travel experiences.
Members continue to earn points on all eligible British Airways flights
British Airways (BA) continues to be a key partner, with Qantas Frequent Flyers able to earn points on eligible BA flights (with a BA flight number on their ticket).* For members travelling on a BA flight from 31 March 2013, Status bonus and Minimum Points Guarantee will no longer apply and Discount Economy~ travel classes will earn points at 0.25 points per mile travelled. This means points will be earned consistently across all BA routes.
Changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer terms and conditions
With effect from 1 May 2013, Qantas Frequent Flyer will amend clauses 3.2 and 3.3 of the terms and conditions of the program. The changes will mean that from this date:
Qantas will use best efforts to give members at least three months notice (rather than the current six months) of material changes to the terms and conditions that limit benefits provided by Qantas; and
Members living in Australia and New Zealand will now receive notice of relevant changes by email and/or online at qantas.com (rather than by mail), so it's important for all members to have their email address up to date.
Changes to the Loyalty bonus
Members currently earn a Loyalty bonus of 8,000 points for every 500 Status credits earned on eligible Qantas or partner airline flights within a single membership year (up to a maximum of four Loyalty bonuses per membership year). From 1 July 2013, only Status credits earned from flights with a QF flight number (including partner airline flights with a QF flight number) will contribute to the Status credits calculation for the Loyalty Bonus. Tier qualification and retention requirements will remain unchanged.
An improved upgrade experience
International upgrade confirmation right up to the gate
In response to customer feedback we will now be processing international upgrades much closer to the time of departure, meaning fewer empty seats in premium cabins. Find out more
If an upgrade is not immediately available when you request it, you are now able to register for a domestic Flight Upgrade Award. This means we will notify you if your upgrade is confirmed so you do not have to come back to qantas.com to see if an upgrade is available. Find out more
Bigger baggage allowance
We have listened to your feedback and are pleased to announce that the baggage policy for Gold Frequent Flyer members travelling domestically^ in Economy class has increased to 2 bags weighing 23kg each. When travelling internationally, excluding the Americas, Gold Frequent Flyer members are also entitled to 46kg in Economy and Premium Economy (not piece restricted). Find out more
Fly with Qantas and 37 partner airlines and their affiliates to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide and you could earn and use points on eligible fares and flights. To find out how to earn and use points with our partners, view the applicable airline partner page.
Latest news - oneworld
oneworld® is a global airline alliance that brings together twelve of the world's biggest and best airlines, all committed to providing world-class service and value. This includes a global route network covering some 800 destinations in more than 150 countries.
Malaysia Airlines joined the oneworld® Alliance and the Qantas Frequent Flyer program on 1 February 2013. The addition of Malaysia Airlines to the program means members are now able to earn and redeem points for travel on eligible flights and fares. To celebrate the launch of Malaysia Airlines in to the oneworld Alliance, for a limited time members will be able to earn double points on eligible flights and fares. Find out more.
Qatar Airways has been invited to join oneworld, adding one of the world's fastest growing airlines to the world's leading quality airline alliance. The Doha-based airline's network serves 120 destinations in 70 countries with fifteen of its destinations and three countries - Iran, Rwanda and the Seychelles - new to the oneworld map.
SriLankan Airlines has also been invited to join oneworld, adding one of Asia's fastest growing airlines to the alliance. Based in Colombo, SriLankan Airlines flies to 34 destinations in 22 countries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including oneworld hubs Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow Domodedovo and Tokyo Narita, along with Bangkok and Singapore.
^ On and from 1 September the Qantas Classic Award table will no longer apply to Award Trips on British Airway flights. The oneworld® Classic Award table only applies when your Award itinerary includes at least two oneworld alliance airlines other than Qantas. Please see qantas.com for details.
* Any offer of Qantas CashTM is subject to certain regulatory requirements being satisfied. To be eligible to receive the new Qantas card with the option of Qantas CashTM you must be an Australian resident Qantas Frequent Flyer member over 16 years of age. Alternative cards without the payment facility are available to all other members. Other terms and conditions and fees and charges may apply. The proposed issuer of the prepaid facility is Heritage Bank Limited, subject to final agreements which will determine the remuneration and relationships of relevant parties involved with the prepaid facility. This webpage has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and you should consider the appropriateness of the information on this webpage having regard to those matters. A Product Disclosure Statement will be made available when the prepaid facility is available, expected to be later this year, via qantas.com, and will also be given to applicants for the facility. A person should obtain and consider the Product Disclosure Statement before making any decisions about whether the prepaid facility is appropriate for them. MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. PayPass is the trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated. Any advice in this document is provided by Qantas in its capacity as Authorised Representative of Access Prepaid Australia Pty Ltd (AFSL 386 837) (a MasterCard business). Access Prepaid Australia can be contacted at 1800 098 231.
# The new lower points level represents a 20% reduction on the usual points required for a Classic Award booking on Jetstar flights only and does not apply to the taxes, fees and carrier charges which are payable separately.