Qantas Frequent Flyers will earn more points when flying to Helsinki via Bangkok or Singapore when new QF flight numbers are assigned to the Finnish carrier's flights next month.
Finnair and Qantas are both members of the oneworld alliance, which allows frequent flyers to earn and spend points across the member airlines. But the rate of earning (and the cost of spending) are often worse on partner airlines.
Before the codeshare, Qantas Frequent Flyers travelling in discounted economy class on Finnair earned only 25% or 50% of the points that they would have done on a Qantas flight of equal length.
Here's what the Qantas website says about earning on Finnair flights without a Qantas flight number:
Now, with new Qantas flight numbers with a QF prefix on Finnair flights, the earning rate for all economy fares improves to earn one point per mile, the same as travelling on Qantas itself.
Here's the full table for earning points on flights with Qantas' QF flight numbers:
The tie-up will start in February with Finnair's twice daily flights from Bangkok to Helsinki. When Finnair starts daily flights to Singapore, these will be included in the arrangement as well.
More points are a great incentive to try a slightly different angle on the Kangaroo Route when heading to Europe -- as is the brilliant new spa and sauna complex in Finnair's Helsinki airport business class lounge, which we wrote about last week. We'd recommend that you don't take the free loaner iPads on offer in the lounge into the spa and sauna, though.