Qantas is sending out emails to members of its frequent flyer program offering double points on all eligible Qantas flights taken by 31 January 2020. On the face of things that sound pretty good...but there's a catch.
Between Monday 16 September 12:01 AM Eastern and 31 October at 11:59 PM Eastern, Capital One Venture, and Spark Miles account holders will receive a 33.3% bonus on all miles transferred to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
Qantas is currently running a promotion in which it’s promoting its “Qantas Red” email newsletter by offering a discount off a Qantas international Economy/Premium Economy fare (departing the US) or a one-time pass to a Qantas Business Class lounge in Australia.
On Tuesday we were given a heads up that Qantas was going to be using a Thursday morning press conference to announce sweeping changes to its Frequent Flyer program, so the past 48 hours can't have been much fun for a lot of travelers down under. When airlines change their frequent flyer programs it's rarely good news for flyers so, understandably, quite a few people were expecting the news to be pretty bad (me included).
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.
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