Qantas has released a new iPhone app that will give customers more choice and options when planning, booking and managing their flights and accommodation, including the ability to view frequent flyer account balance and check-in The app is free and available for both the iPhone and iPad from the app store, for all Android users you will be pleased to know that Qantas are working on an app that is scheduled for release later this year. The main features of the new Qantas iPhone app include: Access new travel deals and discounts Search and book flights quickly and securely Search and book from your choice of over 100,000 hotels Create personalised sale alerts (with the option to be alerted by price preference and/or destination) Check-in for most domestic flights Locate lounges and search lounge facilities across the network Share deals and discounts with friends and family easily via social media Log-in as a Frequent Flyer to view points balance and next flight information at a glance Access up to the minute flight status information Get it from the Apple App store here Qantas iPhone/iPad app give the new app a try and let us know what you think in the comments section below
The Qantas Emirates partnership has gone a step further with Qantas releasing details of the reciprocal frequent flyer benefits that will be available from the proposed Emirates Qantas partnership. If the proposed partnership receives regulatory approval some of the shared benefits for Qantas Frequent Flyers and Emirates Skywards members will include: Earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points or Emirates Skywards Miles on Emirates and Qantas flights (with some exceptions for Emirates Skywards members on the Qantas domestic network). An expanded network for members of each program to earn Qantas Status credits and Status bonus or Skywards Tier Miles and Tier bonus. Redeem points/Miles on any part of the Qantas or Emirates network – a combined total of more than 175 destinations worldwide. Access to both Qantas and Emirates lounges for Gold members (or above) of either program in Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Have their tier status in either program recognised with both airlines when flying on the joint Qantas-Emirates network (where available). In addition to reciprocal Frequent Flyer benefits both carriers also announced details of their new shared baggage policy that will see Qantas move from a Piece and weight based baggage system to a weight based system (excluding flights to/from the Americas) As part of today’s announcement the Qantas media release goes on to say: Chief Executive of Qantas Loyalty, Lesley Grant, said the benefits announced today would give frequent flyers of either airline the opportunity to earn and redeem points or Miles across a massive network. “Our shared goal has been to offer Qantas and Emirates customers the best global network, flying the largest combined A380 fleet and supported by the best rewards for our frequent flyers,” said Ms Grant. “Both airlines already offer some of the highest quality travel experiences, including our lounges and loyalty benefits, so this is about bringing together the best of both worlds,” she added. Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President, Passenger Sales Worldwide said: ”It is an exciting time to be an Emirates Skywards member, yesterday we announced Platinum – our new tier, which has been developed to enhance the travel experience for frequent travellers and to offer additional benefits to Emirates Skywards members who have earned over 150,000 Tier Miles in a year. “Now today we are unveiling the wide range of benefits that our members can enjoy as part of the Emirates and Qantas partnership,” added Mr Antinori. Emirates and Qantas have also announced their shared baggage policy on certain routes for travel from 31 March 2013. To enable a more seamless experience as customers travel on the joint network, Qantas will move from a piece and weight system, to a weight system, for all international flights – excluding those to/from the Americas. As part of this alignment, Emirates will increase its pre-purchase excess baggage discount to 30 per cent. Eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers, Qantas Club members and Skywards members will enjoy additional allowances when travelling across the joint network.
Qantas has revealed details of the special thank you which the airline promised last month following the grounding of the entire Qantas fleet by the CEO Alan Joyce. It was revealed today that the special “Thank You” would be in the form of bonus frequent flyer miles on eligible Qantas flights that are flown between 16 November 2011 and 23 December 2011 these bonus miles includes both existing booking and any new bookings for travel between the the above dates. Qantas Bonus Points Based on Status The bonus points earned on eligible flights between the above dates will vary depending on the tier status of the member and will be calculated as follows: All Platinum and Platinum One Members – Double the points they would normally earn for eligible Qantas flights from 16 November until 23 December 2011 All Gold Members– 50 per cent more points than they would normally earn for eligible Qantas flights from 16 November until 23 December 2011 All Silver and selected Bronze Members – 25 per cent more points than they would normally earn for eligible Qantas flights from 16 November until 23 December 2011 In addition to the above bonus points the 130,000 passengers affected by the grounding of the airline will also be offered a unique Qantas gift or experience, such as complimentary membership to epiQure by Qantas Frequent Flyer – the online food and wine community, a Qantas First Lounge or Qantas Club invitation, a voucher for Qantas Valet or Qantas Drive, or a complimentary Q Bag Tag, depending on the member’s tier status.
In addition to today’s Qantas Platinum One Frequent Flyer Program announcement the Airline announced improvements to their Frequent Flyer Upgrade Awards for both International and Domestic services. In summary Improvements include extending the period in which a member can register for an upgrade award, Upgrade awards for Platinum members confirmed up to 24 hours before a flight and SMS notifications when an Award Upgrade has been successful (all membership tiers) A more detailed list of the improvements are listed below: Improvements to Upgrade Awards for International services (from December 2011) The ability to register for a Flight Upgrade Award at any time from booking up until 24 hours before a scheduled departure; Platinum members may receive successful Flight Upgrade Award confirmation from up to 48 hours before their departure date; All Frequent Flyers will be notified via SMS if their Flight Upgrade Award is confirmed to allow customers to maximise their time to prepare for their upgraded Qantas journey; Flight Upgrade Awards will also be processed closer to the time of departure, meaning fewer empty First, Business and Premium Economy seats on the aircraft on many occasions. For example, if another customer changes their plans and decides not to travel, Qantas will be able to upgrade a member registered for a Flight Upgrade Award into their seat. Improvements to Upgrade Awards for Domestic Services (from early 2012) As per the existing international process, a domestic registration process will be introduced for Flight Upgrade Awards (for Qantas operated services with a Qantas flight number on their ticket) where a member’s Flight Upgrade Award cannot be immediately confirmed. Confirmation of a successful domestic Flight Upgrade Award from the point of booking, as well as the ability to request ‘on departure’ Flight Upgrade Awards will remain available; SMS notification will commence domestically in line with the introduction of the registration process. Our coverage of the Qantas Platinum One Announcement and Release Date which was announced along with these Upgrade Award Improvements Are these improvements to Qantas Frequent Flyer Award going to benefit you and are there other improvements you would like to see?
Qantas have announced full detail including launch date of new Super Elite Qantas Platinum One Frequent Flyer membership Tier, which members will require earn 3600 Status Credits to Qualify for, that’s three times the Status Credits required for ‘regular’ Platinum status In a nutshell greater access to upgrade awards, a dedicated Platinum One Service team as well as personalised gifts and experiences are what set this membership tier above ‘regular’ platinum in detail the benefits include: A dedicated contact number to link members to the Platinum One Special Service Team, which will monitor, support and enhance their travel experience every step of the way; Assistance with access to additional Qantas Classic Awards and Flight Upgrade Awards, on Qantas operated flights (with a Qantas flight number on their ticket); Confirmation of successful upgrade requests as early as seven days prior to departure (for Qantas operated services with a Qantas flight number on their ticket), Complimentary membership of epiQure by Qantas Frequent Flyer, the recently launched premium food and wine club; Personalised gifts and experiences, from a ticket to a Qantas sponsored event to an experience inside a Qantas flight simulator and more. Qantas Frequent Flyer Chief Executive Officer Simon Hickey said he was very pleased to be launching the Platinum One program. “Qantas Frequent Flyer has introduced Platinum One based on feedback from many of our Platinum members,” he said. “Platinum One will offer members access to an outstanding range of benefits as well the exceptional service delivered by a dedicated Platinum One Special Service team.” The new super elite Qantas Platinum One tier will take effect from 7 November 2011 and Qantas will notify eligible members of their inclusion in the Inaugural Platinum One membership year by 7 November 2011. Along with the Qantas Platinum One Frequent Flyer details Qantas announced changes to upgrade awards, our coverage of these improvements can be found here: Qantas Frequent Flyer Upgrade Award Improvements Announced To achieve 3,600 status credits in a single calendar year requires a significant amount of flying, below is our analysis of the minimum number of flights required Route Return Class SCs RTN Trips Required Aprox Min Total Cost Melbourne to Perth Business Class 160 23 AU $6,8126 Sydney to Melbourne Business Class 80 45 AU $56,475 Sydney to Los Angeles First Class 540 7 AU $125,202 Sydney to Los Angeles Business Class 360 10 AU $110,910 Unless you spend half your life in a Qantas or Partner aircraft and have plenty of cash to splash Platinum One is outside the realm of regular flyers, or is it? Back in May 2011 we detailed how to achieve Platinum status for a fraction of the cost and miles with the use of American Airlines YUPP instant upgrade fares the article is here: Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinumstatus cheaply with American Airlines YUPP Instant Upgrades It should be noted that Qantas Platinum One is still OneWorld Emerald status so you should not expect any preferential treatment on OneWorld Partner airlines however when flying Qantas you these added extras are what makes the differences when flying on a regular basis. Given the cost to achieve Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One status are the benefits provided worthy? […]
Qantas today announced that it would introduce more changes to its frequent flyer program that will include changes to the way members earn miles on Jetstar services, increased earning rates for Gold and Silver members, increased cabin bonuses, the introduction of a Platinum One Status and finally an alliance with Australia’s second largest teleco Optus. These changes are the second set of changes for the year and without having all the details they look quite good and address some of the gaps that we saw in the program in the past, such as the cabin bonus for Premium Economy travel, which was the same as a regular economy ticket, and has now been increased to 25% Increased Earning Rates From today the Qantas Frequent Flyer program will introduce an increased cabin bonus for members travelling in Premium cabins (Premium Economy to First Class) the new cabin bonuses are as follows: Premium Economy Increases from 10% to 25% Business Class Cabin Bonus increases from 25% to 50% First Class Cabin Bonus increases from 50% to 100% In addition to the increased cabin bonus both Silver and Gold members will today see an increased Status bonus points, the new status bonus points (miles not status credits) increases as follows: Gold Status Bonus will increase from 50% to 75% Silver Status Bonus will increase from 25% to 50$ Increased Jetstar mile and status credit earning options A new Jetstar fare structure will see Qantas frequent flyer members earn both Economy and Business Class status credits and miles when booking and flying with the new Plus and Max Bundle Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One VIP Award Level From the fourth Quarter of 2011 Qantas will add an additional VIP status to it Frequent Flyer Award Program, with the status to be call Platinum One status. Members will be able to earn this status if they earn at least triple the requalification status credits of the regular Platinum membership tier. Which would mean a status credit earn of at least 3600 status credits (1200 X 3) in a membership year. Qantas is tight lipped on the benefits for members at this status level, apart from announcing this level would include exclusive services such as a dedicated team to look after a Platinum One members travel needs every step of the way, we here at the Business Travel Guru are guessing that Anytime Lounge access would be introduced at this level and perhaps free upgrades into the next highest cabin (Pending availability) Finally today’s announcement saw the intention to form a rewards alliance with Australia’s second largest teleco Optus, that will give Qantas Frequent Flyer members the ability to earn miles when purchasing Optus residential and small business products and services. Mr Joyce said that once finalised the new alliance with Optus will be a significant boost for the Qantas Frequent Flyer program and highlights its commitment to remaining a market leader by expanding its portfolio of […]
In the normal world the cost to reach Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum Status (oneworld Emerald) works out upwards of $18,000 (with deeply discounted Australian fares) however there is a cheaper and easier way to achieve this Qantas’s most sought after Frequent Flyer status. The method I detail below involves the use of American Airlines YUPP or Instant upgrade fares. For those new to the game these American Airlines domestic fares cost slightly more than an American Airlines Economy class (coach) fare but they book into First class (providing there are seats available) Remember American Airlines is a oneworld partner so you will be earning Qantas Status Credits a First Class rate when your QF Frequent Flyer number is registered against one of these flights, the drawback is that you only get the first class seat if it is available, and if you get bumped to another flight that does not have first class you will only earn status credits at an economy rate (Being proactive with your bumping with the AA staff will ensure you get bumped to a flight that does offer First Class) From our research the best value YUPP fares at present are from Honolulu to the Caribbean’s Port Au Price – PAP. Below are the workings for two return trips from Honolulu to Port Au Price Haiti these flights are nearly enough to reach Platinum status, for nearly AU $2,500 (with the very Strong AUD at the moment) Depart Arrive Miles Status Credits Honolulu – HNL Los Angeles – LAX 2556 150 Los Angeles – LAX Miami – MIA 1197 120 Miami – MIA Port Au Prince -PAP 713 60 Return Fly return again Total 4466 330 660 1320 Status Credits Cost US $692 US $1,383 US $2,766 In the above example the Miami to Port Au Price and Port Au Price to Miami flights only earn Business Class Status credits as American Airlines does not offer first class on flights into the Caribbean also we are short 80 Status credits to reach platinum. However Qantas Frequent Flyer rules state that In order to qualify for Platinum Status the member must fly at least 4 eligible Qantas or Jetstar flights (this does not include flights from oneworld carriers) therefore in the scenario above for best value and to meet the Qantas minimum flight rule I would recommend flying into/out of Honolulu to/from Australia with Jetstar to make up two out of the 4 required Qantas qualifying flights, this should easily earn 80 status credits. With the remaining 2 Qantas/Jetstar flights we recommend taking the other two flight prior to leaving on your mileage run so that your Platinum status kicks as early as possible during trip earning your more of those 100% bonus miles at that platinum receive. As you can see from the above example doing an American Airlines Instant Upgrade Mileage run Platinum Status can be easily achieved without the normal cost. How to find the best value […]
Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum is Qantas’ highest Status that provides a host of benefits from lounge access through to priority wait and upgrade lists as well as bonus frequent flyer miles on Qantas and oneworld alliance airlines and additional luggage allowances. Since Platinum is the highest achievable status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program the status can be very costly to achieve unless you make use of the status earning tips I have outlined in this and other articles from this site. Platinum Frequent Flyer Benefits Priority check-in Qantas Platinum Frequent Flyers are able to check-in at either Premium Service Desks, Business/Qantas Club Lounges on domestic flights For international flights members can use First Class check-in suites (Sydney or Melbourne) First Class counter or Business counters. Priority BoardingOn select International Services Platinum Frequent Flyers have the option to use priority boarding that is used by First and Business Class Passengers, regardless of the members ticketed class. Lounge Access Platinum members have access to all Qantas lounges (excluding Chairman’s club Lounge) when flying on various Qantas, Jetstar and oneworld alliance flights, below are the rules for access to the various lounges: Qantas International First Class Lounge Available at: Sydney & Melbourne 1 guest allowed (Must be fling with Platinum Member) Platinum Member’s next onward flight that day must show a Qantas (QF), a Jetstar Airline (Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Valuair (VF) or a oneworld® flight number on your ticket. Domestic Business Lounge Available at: Brisbane, Sydney (T3), Melbourne & Canberra 2 guests allowed (Guests don’t need to be flying) Lounge Access on Arrival also available Platinum Members must be travelling on any flight the same day that shows Qantas (QF), a Jetstar Airline (Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K) or Valuair (VF) or a oneworld® flight number on your ticket. Domestic Qantas Club Lounges Available at: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney (T3 & T2) Townsville – Plus others see full list here Qantas Club Lounges 2 guests allowed (Guests don’t need to be flying) Lounge Access on Arrival also available Platinum Members must be travelling on any flight the same day that shows Qantas (QF), a Jetstar Airline (Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K) or Valuair (VF) or a oneworld® flight number on your ticket. Oneworld Alliance Lounge access Platinum members have access to first, business and frequent flyer lounges of all oneworld alliance members when flying on any oneworld member airline regardless or class More details here: oneworld Lounge access International Qantas and Partner lounge access Too many locations to list, more comprehensive list Qantas International and partner lounges – Platinum Members must be travelling on any flight the same day that shows Qantas (QF), a Jetstar Airline (Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K) or Valuair (VF) or a oneworld® flight number on your ticket. Note: In a recent overhaul of the Frequent Flyer program Qantas removed the Anytime lounge access for platinum’s that gave them access […]
If you are one of the few Australians who does not have Qantas Frequent Flyer membership then this tip will save you some money. Membership to Qantas’ Frequent Flyer Program usually costs AU $82.50 if you sign up via the Qantas website. However if you want to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free, simply go into your nearest Woolworths store and pickup a free Woolworths Everyday Rewards membership and then complete your Everyday rewards membership online at everydayrewards.com.au During the registration process you will be asked if you would like to link your everyday rewards card to your existing Qantas Frequent Flyer membership or Sign-up for a Free Qantas Frequent Flyer membership Whamo you have just saved AU $82.50 and you can also start earning Qantas Frequent Flyer Miles every time you shop. You can use your Woolworths Everyday rewards card to earn additional Qantas Frequent Flyer miles (Every dollar spent over $30 earns you 1 QFF Mile) at Woolworths, Beer Wine Spirits (BWS), Dick Smith Electronics, Big W and more.
Qantas are running another Frequent Flyer award flight promotion allowing Qantas Frequent Flyers save 30% on the required miles for any domestic economy class classic award bookings. The promotion is only valid for flights between 28 April and 30 June 2011 however these must be booked before 15 April 2011. Note this promotion is only for Classic Award bookings not Any Seat Award booking so seating is very limited and as with any classic award booking regular taxes and charges apply do apply.