More seats on each flight, from tip to tail, will be set aside for points-based bookings before being offered for general sale.
Overnight updates to the Qantas booking system are also showing a marked reduction in the ‘carrier charges’ levied on international points-based bookings – albeit only in economy, for now – with some key routes to Singapore, Hong Kong and Los Angeles dropping by 40-50%.
These are shaping up to be cornerstones of what Qantas is promising as "the biggest overhaul to the airline’s loyalty program in its 32 year history."
Full details will be revealed at a Sydney press conference called for 10.30am today, Thursday June 20, to be hosted by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth.
Qantas Frequent Flyer and its parent Qantas Loyalty group remain a reliable river of gold – if not platinum – for the airline.
In the first six months of the 2018 financial year Qantas Loyalty posted a $175m profit, more than twice that of the airline's international flying and contributing almost 25% of that period’s group-wide pre-tax earning of $871 million.