Qantas frequent flyers will earn fewer points on Emirates flights from next month, with some business class tickets downgraded to earn no more points than an economy airfare.
As of February 1 Emirates will reclassify its most affordable business class fares as a new Business Special package and drop the 25% premium cabin bonus, reducing their earning to the same one Qantas point per mile as Emirates' Economy Flex Plus fares.
However, Emirates flights booked under a Qantas QF flight number through the airlines' codeshare agreement will continue to earn a full serve of frequent flyer points and status credits.
Emirates' cheapest economy tickets will also see their earning rate halved under the revised fare structure, dropping from the current base of 0.5 Qantas points per mile to a mere 0.25 points per mile.
Mid-range economy fares continue to earn half a point per mile and will be branded as Economy Flex, while Economy Flex Plus serves up a full point per mile flown in the same way that top-level Skywards Flex fares do today.
A Qantas spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller that Emirates had flagged "changes to its (own) Skywards loyalty program for travel from February 1", and that "consequently, there are some changes to Qantas Frequent Flyer earn when travelling on the Emirates code (EK)."
The rejig from Emirates follows Qantas’ own frequent flyer revamp last year that saw status credits halved on many Oneworld partner airline flights in a bid to make booking flights with the Red Roo a more attractive proposition than with its network of partners.
Australian Business Traveller has approached Emirates for their comments on the changes although has not yet received a response.
Emirates has also removed the upgrade option from its new Business Special and Economy Special ticket classes, meaning that travellers booked on the cheapest business and economy fares will not be eligible to use their Skywards Miles for a bump into the next highest cabin.
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