Let's face it, it's rarely good news when an airline or hotel chain tells us that it's planning to make some changes to its loyalty program so the fact that Australian Business Traveller is reporting that Qantas will announce "sweeping changes" to its frequent flyer program on Thursday is cause for concern.
American Express added Qantas as the 19th airline transfer partner for its Membership Rewards program late last week and we already have our first conversion bonus on offer which is valid for transfers made through 30 June 2019.
Qantas appears to have come up with a pretty cool idea. Later this year the airline will need to fly an Airbus A380 to Tokyo from where it will operate a charter flight for whoever has chartered the aircraft and, rather than flying an empty aircraft to where it is needed, the Australian carrier will operate the A380 as a points-booking-only flight to Japan's capital city.
Qantas has brought back a promotion I last remember seeing back in 2017 and it's offering travelers a 30% discount on the number of points required for Economy Class 'Classic Fight Rewards'.
Ok, this one's on me. Qantas has been offering double points on bookings since Monday and I've only just noticed. This may or may not be a targeted promotion - 3 out of 3 accounts that I have access to all got the promotional email so, if it's targeted, it could be quite a broadly targeted promotion.
My Qantas frequent flyer account is registered in the US and sees no activity whatsoever. Historically I've credited all my oneworld flights to American Airlines AAdvantage and now I'm crediting them to the British Airways Executive Club.....but Qantas clearly wants me to given them a try.
Qantas and Emirates recently announced that they would be looking to extend their partnership for a further five years (albeit with a route change or two thrown in) and now, to celebrate the partnership, Qantas is offering double points and double status credits on select routes.
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