British Airways is introducing a new Bronze tier to its Executive Club frequent flyer programme, and Qantas' Silver frequent flyers (and other oneworld Ruby members) stand to benefit.
"The bronze tier will be equivalent to oneworld Ruby status," a BA spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller today, adding that Qantas Silvers "will continue to benefit from all privileges they are entitled to."
BA, Qantas' main longhaul partner to Europe, had previously avoided an equivalent tier to the Red Roo's entry-level elite, which meant that Qantas Silvers didn't get their usual Qantas benefits when flying on British Airways.
Bronze Executive Club cardholders -- and their Qantas Silver and oneworld Ruby equivalents -- will get:
- business class check in
- seat selection seven days ahead (up from 24 hours)
- a 25 percent mileage bonus when accumulating miles
- priority standby and waitlisting
- a dedicated phone number
It's the first two that are most useful for Qantas Silvers, who have to scramble for decent seats 24 hours before departure and wait in check-in queues if an airport doesn't have BA's automated kiosks.
To get the new Bronze tier in British Airways' program, you'll need 300 tier points (similar to Qantas' status credit system), plus two qualifying flights or 25 single sectors.
But you're probably best waiting another month before deciding which oneworld frequent flyer program you'll pick for your mileage eggs -- BA is planning the next stage of its massive revamp of the entire Executive Club program on 16 November.