Qantas Frequent Flyers may soon be able to leverage their Qantas Points for an upgrade with any of Oneworld's twelve other member airlines – a roster which will include Casablanca-based Royal Air Maroc in the first half of 2020.
The same would apply to spending other Oneworld member airline currencies such as American Airlines AAdvantage miles, British Airways Avios, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club Qmiles.
An alliance-wide upgrade system is currently being examined by Oneworld and its members, an alliance spokeswoman confirmed to Executive Traveller.
Under the plan, passengers could use their own airline's points to apply for next cabin upgrades such as from economy to premium economy or business class, and even business to first class.
"Oneworld is evaluating a number of new customer initiatives, including a potential offering that will give Oneworld member airline frequent flyers the option of using points for upgrades across the alliance," said Oneworld's Vice-President of Corporate Communications, Ms Ghim-Lay Yeo.
The underlying aim of the points upgrade plan is "to deliver a superior customer experience that provides value for both Oneworld member airlines and their customers.”
How Oneworld-wide upgrades might work
The proposal is still in the earliest stages of its assessment and if approved, would not be likely to be launched until the second half of 2020.
Qantas has already begun polling frequent flyers on the concept, with surveys circulating last week sketching out some options such as setting a minimum for points-based upgrades across airlines at the more expensive standard and flexible economy fares rather than "discount economy or economy sale fares."
The survey also flagged the possibility of these other-airline upgrades being made available on a last-minute basis as little as "within one day of the scheduled flight."
Airlines would however need to balance their stock of available award seats to meet the demand of their own customers along with passengers on other airlines.