Qantas Frequent Flyer members will now earn more frequent flyer points and status credits on some international premium economy and business class Saver fares, with the number of points needed for a business class or first class upgrade also pleasingly decreasing on some ticket types.
On the earning side, the biggest winners are Qantas passengers bound for the likes of New York and London, with earning rates on Business Saver fares increasing from 18,600 to 20,150 Qantas Points and from 280 status credits to 295 status credits, one-way.
That’s an extra 3,100 Qantas Points and 30 status credits in your goody bag per return trip.
Business Saver tickets on flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Dubai are similarly boosted from earning 13,500 to 14,625 Qantas Points and from earning 180 to 190 status credits each way: an extra 2,250 Qantas Points and 20 status credits per round trip.
On Dallas flights, the haul climbs from 14,700 to 15,950 Qantas Points and from 200 to 210 status credits, each way, while to Johannesburg and Santiago, earning increases from 11,250 to 12,200 Qantas Points and from 160 to 165 status credits, one-way, on those same Business Saver tickets.
Closer to home, most Qantas flights to Asia now offer 8,450 Qantas Points plus 125 status credits on Business Saver fares – a welcome increase to the previous rate of 7,800 Qantas Points and 120 status credits – while trans-Tasman Business Saver flights now deliver 85 status credits, up from 80.
Passengers booked on Premium Economy Saver fares will also earn an extra 5-10 status credits per one-way flight, depending on their destination, while continuing to earn the same number of frequent flyer points.
There’s no change to the number of frequent flyer points or status credits earned on any other international fare types beyond Premium Economy Saver and Business Saver, or on domestic flights.
Some lower-cost Sale fares will now be considered as Discount Premium Economy or Discount Business, however, but the number of points and status earned on these tickets, and the number of points required for an upgrade, remains the same as before.
Improved upgrade rates to business class, first class
As a ‘double win’ for travellers, the number of points needed for an upgrade to business class or first class is also being reduced on some fares – so not only do a range of tickets now earn more points than before, but an upgrade can now be secured for fewer points too.
On Qantas’ flagship Sydney-London and Melbourne-London routes, passengers on Business Saver fares can now upgrade to first class for 67,500 Qantas Points: decreased from 75,000 Qantas Points previously.
(Passengers on the lowest-cost fares now categorised as Discount Business will continue to be charged 75,000 Qantas Points for an upgrade, while those on the most expensive Flexible Business fares can still upgrade for 60,000 Qantas Points.)
On those same routes, an upgrade from Flexible Premium Economy to business class can also now be had for 54,000 Qantas Points, down from 60,000 Qantas Points before.
Between Australia and Los Angeles, the cost of a first class upgrade also decreases from 56,500 to 50,750 Qantas Points on Business Saver fares, while an upgrade from Flexible Premium Economy to business class now requires 40,500 Qantas Points as opposed to 45,000 Qantas Points.
As part of Qantas’ remapped Kangaroo Route via Singapore from 2018, passengers travelling on the airline’s Airbus A380 Sydney-Singapore and Melbourne-Singapore routes will face lower first class upgrade rates than anticipated on Business Saver fares, nudged from 31,500 to 28,250 Qantas Points.
An upgrade from Flexible Premium Economy to business class on those flights will also set you back 22,500 Qantas Points, as opposed to 25,000 Qantas Points as before.
In line with the changes to earning rates, the number of points needed to upgrade from all other fare types remains the same, with the lowest-cost Economy Sale tickets remaining ineligible for points-based upgrades to premium economy and business class on international flights.