Jetstar New Zealand flights will now earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points, giving travellers – especially our Kiwi cousins – the chance to pocket more points across the pond.
The new deal, which comes into effect from today, applies to all domestic Jetstar NZ flights and starts at a minimum of 400 Qantas Points.
Points-earning on JQ NZ flights was previously restricted to passengers who booked a cost-extra Plus or Max bundle on top of the basic Starter fare.
The Plus bundle will now earn a minimum of 800 Qantas Points, with at least 1,200 Qantas Points for a Max ticket.
Those two bundles will continue to earn Status Credits at the same rate of 10 Status Credits for Plus and 20 Status Credits for Max; as previous, no other Jetstar New Zealand fares will attract Status Credits.
There's just one catch: points can be earned only on a fully domestic flight, such as Auckland to Dunedin. The offer doesn't apply to domestic legs booked as part of an international ticket (such as Melbourne-Auckland-Dunedin).
Qantas is also quick to stress that there are no plans to offer frequent flyer points on "other parts of the Jetstar network."
"This reflects that Jetstar is one of only two domestic airlines in the country and has a significant share of the New Zealand business market" the airline states.
"Jetstar has tens of thousands of loyal New Zealand customers, many who are already Qantas Frequent Flyer members, and this improvement will see them rewarded when flying with us" explains Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.
"We expect this will be appealing to the growing number of business travellers who are choosing to fly regularly with Jetstar, particularly given our regional plans."
"New Zealand already has the biggest population of Qantas Frequent Flyer members outside Australia, so we want to expand the offering to these loyal customers as well as attract new ones," says Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant.
That said, Qantas is seeking to boost even further its NZ membership base.
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