Qantas Frequent Flyer members stuck in economy on Oneworld airlines LAN and TAM will soon earn fewer points on most economy tickets, with travellers reeling in as little as a quarter of what they do today.
It's most noticeable on the cheapest fares, which drop from earning one frequent flyer point per mile flown to just 0.25 points on June 6 with LAN and October 1 with TAM.
Midrange economy fares also see their earning rates halved – lowering from one point per mile to 0.5 points per mile flown on the same dates with both airlines, as below:
Under the current 1:1 earning rates, economy passengers would today pick up 14,126 Qantas frequent flyer points on a return journey from Sydney to Santiago with LAN, plummeting to just 3,530 points in the cheap seats or 7,062 points on a more expensive ticket.
The highest-priced economy fares will continue to earn one point per mile after the changes, while premium economy and business class tickets also remain unchanged.
LAN Airlines has been approached for comment.
However, in a win for travellers flying domestically on LAN and TAM (as applicable) within Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and in Chile – including passengers connecting onwards from Qantas’ and LAN’s Sydney-Santiago flights – points will soon be awarded to economy travellers on the cheapest tickets, which currently earn nothing under the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme.
Passengers flying with LAN but travelling on a Qantas QF flight number (codeshare) are unaffected, and will continue to earn frequent flyer points and status credits as though they were aboard a Qantas-painted aircraft.
These codeshare passengers can now also use their Qantas frequent flyer points to upgrade from economy to business class on LAN’s Sydney-Santiago flights.
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