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Air New Zealand's Airpoints members will be able to earn frequent flyer points on domestic Qantas flights as of October 28, 2018 – however, status points will not included in the codeshare deal.
The Qantas tie-up, which sees the Flying Kangaroo replace challenger Virgin Australia as Air New Zealand's partner on domestic flights, will see Airpoints will be earned at a flat rate across each of three fare codes provided the flight is ticketed under the Air New Zealand codeshare flight number (not the native QF number).
Those AirNZ ticketing classes for a Qantas flight are:
- Business: C, D, Z, J
- Economy/Flexi: Y, B, M, H
- Discount Economy/Saver: Q, V, W, T, L
On a short leg such as Sydney-Melbourne, AirNZ frequent flyers will earn 10 Airpoints in business class, 5 Airpoints on a 'full economy' ticket and 3 Airpoints in discount economy.
Flying into Sydney on Air New Zealand for some meetings, taking a Qantas flight to Perth for more meetings and then perhaps heading back to Auckland on Air New Zealand's own daily Boeing 787 service will come with a tally of 52 Airpoints in business class, 18 Airpoints on a full economy ticket and 10 Airpoints in discount economy.
Air New Zealand has confirmed that even NZ-coded Qantas flights will earn zero status credits to help members climb the ladder to Silver, Gold or Elite tiers.
As previously reported, Airpoints Elite and Gold members booked on a codeshare flight with Qantas will also have access to Qantas Club lounges, although Koru lounge club members have been left out of the deal.