Qantas expands Air France, KLM frequent flyer partnerships

You can now earn and spend Qantas Points across all Air France and KLM flights globally: plus, new perks for Gold and Platinum.

By Chris Chamberlin, December 9 2019

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn and spend Qantas Points across all Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flights, with Qantas Gold and Platinum cardholders also gaining familiar perks such as priority check-in, priority boarding and extra checked baggage.

The broad partnership unlocks over 60 new travel destinations across Europe and Africa to which Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn or spend their points, including Biarritz and Calvi/Corsica in France, Bristol in the UK, Dresden in Germany, and more.

Beyond those new routes, Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth shares that “members will now have access to hundreds of thousands more reward seats in popular destinations including Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona and Athens.”

“Frequent Flyers used 10 billion Qantas Points booking dream trips across Europe last year,” Wirth adds. “We know this partnership will allow our members to explore more of the continent and find reward seats more easily.”

Here’s how to make the most of the boosted Qantas-Air France-KLM partnership.

Earning Qantas Points on Air France, KLM

Until now, Qantas Frequent Flyer members could only earn Qantas Points with Air France and KLM when travelling on a Qantas (QF) codeshare flight number.

While that’s still possible, travellers can also now earn Qantas Points – but not status credits – on all paid fare types on all Air France and KLM flights globally, being those with AF and KL flight numbers. The number of points earned will depend on the type of fare purchased and the distance of the flight.

You can now top-up your Qantas Points balance when flying with KLM (and Air France).
You can now top-up your Qantas Points balance when flying with KLM (and Air France).

As a rule, more expensive tickets on longer flights will earn the most points, while lower-priced fares on short hops earn the least.

Here’s how many points you’d earn when jetting from Singapore to Paris with Air France, for instance:

Fare type

Qantas Points earned

First (F, P)

9,750 Qantas Points

Business (C, D, I, J, O, Z)

8,125 Qantas Points

Premium Economy (A, S, W)

7,150 Qantas Points

Flexible Economy (B, M, Y)

6,500 Qantas Points

Economy (H, K, Q, U)

3,250 Qantas Points

Discount Economy (E, G, L, N, R, T, V, X)

1,625 Qantas Points

The earning rates are much the same on KLM from Singapore to Amsterdam, just with the absence of first class and premium economy which KLM doesn’t offer.

On short flights, such as Amsterdam to Paris which both Air France and KLM fly, here’s how many Qantas Points you could earn:

Fare type

Qantas Points earned

Business (C, D, I, J, O, Z)

250 Qantas Points

Flexible Economy (B, M, Y)

200 Qantas Points

Economy (A, F, H, K, Q, P, S, U, W)

100 Qantas Points

Discount Economy (E, G, L, N, R, T, V, X)

50 Qantas Points

There aren’t too many catches, except that business class flights within France earn points only at Flexible Economy rates, and that flights booked using points – including in O and X class which also double-up as paid flight classes – won’t earn you points.

You can easily spot your Air France or KLM "booking class" on your reservation documents, allowing you to see how that fare letter lines up with the Qantas Frequent Flyer program's earning categories.

Qantas status credits, however, cannot be earned on Air France (AF) and KLM (KL) flight numbers. To earn these with Air France and KLM, you’ll need to book your journey on a Qantas (QF) codeshare flight number, where available.

Spending Qantas Points on Air France, KLM

Just as Qantas Points can now be earned with Air France and KLM, they can also be used to book flights with these airlines too, in business class and economy.

The two airlines now form part of the Roo’s “Partner Classic Flight Reward table”, meaning the number of Qantas Points needed to book your flight is the same as for journeys with the likes of British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair and more, rather than the more generous booking rates used for Qantas, Emirates and other selected partner airline flights.

Sticking with Singapore, a one-way Air France flight to Paris – or, a one-way KLM flight to Amsterdam – can be had for 104,500 Qantas Points in business class or for 45,000 Qantas Points in economy, which can be booked via the Qantas website:

Shorter routes, such as the hour-long jaunt from Amsterdam to London, can instead be had for 20,000 Qantas Points in business class or 10,000 Qantas Points in economy. With KLM, this includes both KLM ‘mainline’ flights (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines), and KLM Cityhopper:

Just take note that reward flights cannot be booked in Air France premium economy, or Air France’s swish La Première first class: to be expected, given that Air France’s own Flying Blue rewards members also need top-tier frequent flyer status to be in with a shot at booking a first class seat using miles: a privilege rarely extended to Flying Blue members without elite status.

New Qantas Frequent Flyer perks on Air France, KLM

Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman’s Lounge members can now make use of a range of extra benefits when travelling with Air France and KLM.

It starts with priority check-in for Qantas Gold frequent flyers and above, on any Air France and KLM flight.

Qantas Silver members don’t get priority check-in here, but as with their higher-tiered counterparts, will be able to bring extra checked baggage on all Air France and KLM flights, depending on whether their ticket calculates baggage via the “piece system” or the “weight system”, as varies by route.

Allowance vs status

Qantas Silver

Qantas Gold

Qantas Platinum and above

Weight system

+12kg

+16kg

+20kg

Piece system in first class or business class

+1 piece up to 32kg

+1 piece up to 32kg

+1 piece up to 32kg

Piece system in premium economy or economy

+1 piece up to 23kg

+1 piece up to 23kg

+1 piece up to 32kg

Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold members and above also gain priority boarding on Air France and KLM flights. The boarding pass will be printed with “Sky Priority” to provide easy access to this.

Lounge access on Air France, KLM flights

One aspect of the partnership with Qantas that isn’t changing, however, is that airport lounge access prior to Air France and KLM flights isn’t being rolled out in the same way as with most other Qantas partner airlines.

In Europe, Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold members and above (but not Qantas Club members) can access the Air France business class lounge in Paris and the KLM Crown Lounge in Amsterdam prior to Air France and KLM flights booked on a Qantas (QF) codeshare flight number only.

KLM's non-Schengen Crown Lounge in Amsterdam has recently undergone a major refurbishment and expansion.
KLM's non-Schengen Crown Lounge in Amsterdam has recently undergone a major refurbishment and expansion.

ET review: KLM non-Schengen Crown Lounge, Amsterdam

This includes Air France journeys to Hong Kong and Singapore, and KLM flights to Singapore only, as was previously the case, as well as access to the Qantas lounges in Singapore prior to Air France and KLM flights, and in Hong Kong prior to Air France flights, when booked on a Qantas (QF) codeshare.

However, lounge access more broadly with these two airlines isn’t available, so when travelling on any other route – whether a long-range international flight or a short hop across Europe – your Qantas Frequent Flyer card doesn’t provide airport lounge perks.

Business class and first class passengers, of course, receive complimentary lounge access prior to Air France and KLM international flights.

But on domestic flights such as from Paris to Nice, SkyTeam alliance policy is that lounge access is not available, except with a same day international business class or first class connecting flight: or, when purchased from the airline at an additional fee.

Read: SkyTeam considers lounge access for domestic travellers

Of course, this is also where a card like Priority Pass can come in handy, as is included with many Australian credit cards, unlocking access to airport lounges around the world regardless of the traveller’s airline or booking class.

Also read: KLM rethinks A350 plans, eyes broader Qantas tie-up

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

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"Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth shares that “members will now have access to hundreds of thousands more reward seats in popular destinations"

And I bet 99.9% of them will be in economy

Having lots of economy seats available is a given as that's where most of the seats on the plane are physically located, but doing some early searches when researching this article, a respectable number of business class reward seats popped up, particularly on long-distance flights for Air France. KLM seemed a bit more limited (with not much out of Singapore, but the odd seat out of Hong Kong), but on short-haul, business class seats were more widely available.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 114

More reward seats is always good.

Just a shame lounge access isnt included.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 586

Qantas' FF schema of benefits and exclusions is rapidly becoming as confusing as Virgin's. Between Oneworld, Emirates, AF/KL, MU and other partner airlines, the benefits vary so much you are never really too sure what you are entitled to and what is excluded.

I recently flew MU from PVG to HKG. No QF benefits were recognised and even the check-in and lounge staff were a bit confused as to what I was entitled to.

I don't blame Qantas as there are costs involved with everything they add but from a users point of view it is a bit of a nightmare. It often is easier just to book on the QF codeshare which is probably what QF would prefer anyway.

Will Qantas interline luggage/ticket on award tickets i wonder? ie QF to SIN and AF to CDG?

Yes, Qantas already previously had an interline agreement with both Air France and KLM, so this remains possible when connecting between Qantas and those airlines (and vice versa), regardless of whether the itinerary was booked with money or points. Qantas can also issue boarding passes for connecting Air France and KLM flights, and vice versa.

04 Dec 2017

Total posts 28

Why Qantas pursues non oneworld carriers is confusing alright! No lounge access, no status credits-whats the point Olivia?! Why not just work closer with BA, IB, QR...why all this shamozzle with 2nd rate carriers like MU?

04 May 2015

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You already get lounge access and status credits flying with BA, Iberia and Qatar (although on Qatar some of the cheaper tickets don't earn points, which is the same as with Cathay), so just fly with them if that's what you want. Don't see how getting more program partners changes this at all.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 83

Because carriers such as BA are not interested in Qantas. The ‘Colonies‘ are nothing to them. Besides, after my last experience with BA; I'll be avoiding them at all costs

03 Apr 2018

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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the article! I recently flew AF (late Nov) from Dublin to Tel Aviv. Had no idea of the partnership and both my wife and I are platinum QFFs. Is it possible to claim points retrospectively? Or is it only going forward...

The frequent flyer partnership only launched today, so I suspect you would not be able to claim anything. Qantas hasn't yet added Air France and KLM to the 'claim missing points' feature on its website: but once this has been updated to support Air France claims, you could always lodge a request just in case. (I suspect you would be unsuccessful, however, but no harm in trying.)

Etihad - Etihad Guest

21 Jul 2019

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Taking advantage of this new arrangement is closer than some may imagine. As close as Bali, in fact. There are KLM 5th freedom flights between SIN and DPS. I've often flown between these two ports but have avoided KLM, mainly because I've nowhere to credit those points. Glad to see that all changes real soon; KLM often has some great biz class fares on this route.

12 Oct 2018

Total posts 3

When I search on the QF app for flights from SIN to AMS I'm not given a QF/KLM option, how can I book a QF code on KLM (for the SCs)?

21 Aug 2019

Total posts 30

Points are fine but status credits are what I need to maintain Platinum. Shame they are not available. With so many alternatives it all gets a bit confusing so tend to stick to QF and OW generally.

TJS
TJS

14 Jun 2018

Total posts 10

This is good news. I flew CGD-HKG on a QF flight number (QF4224) earlier in the year. As a Qantas Platinum and in Economy was able to select the extra leg-room seats at no charge - made a big difference and enjoyed the french champagne served.

05 Dec 2011

Total posts 7

Great news for QF flyers and this greatly expands their reach in Europe outside of OW... Is it time for VA to find a new European partner after Air Berlin... LH Group (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings and Air Dolomiti) is a possible option!

14 Dec 2019

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Unfortunately there is no way to put your Qantas Frequent Flyer number into a booking on Air France or KLM as it does not exist as an option in the drop down menu of frequent flyer programmes on Air France or KLM's website. This is during booking or when later using manage my booking. Not sure how anyone will be able to make use of this until they update their booking website.


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