Qantas is boosting the number of status credits that its frequent flyers can earn when travelling with Oneworld partner Qatar Airways ahead of the Gulf airline’s launch of flights to both Sydney and Adelaide from its home hub in Doha.
While Qantas first reclassified Qatar business class flights as ‘flexible economy’ from December 1 2015 – cutting the already-lowered earning rate in half – further changes made this month see business class fares again treated as true ‘business class’.
For Victorian travellers on the airline’s existing Melbourne-Doha flights, that improves your haul of status credits from 40 to 80 in business class compared to the rates introduced on December 1, with the same true for Sydney-based flyers once Qatar begins its non-stop service in March 2016.
The Perth-Doha route also now promises twice the number of business class status credits than earlier this month with the previous earn of 60 status credits increased to 120 in each direction.
Adelaide flyers will also earn a higher 90 status credits in business class – up from the planned 45 status credits each way – as Qatar’s fourth Australian destination comes to life in May 2016.
There’s an added boost for travellers continuing their journey to London and much of Europe with business class fares each now awarding 60 status credits, increased from 30 status credits, and first class tickets improved from 60 to 90 status credits per flight.
Business class passengers on all routes will continue to earn the same number of Qantas frequent flyer points as previously, with first class travellers picking up a higher 3,750 Qantas Points between Doha and London against the originally-planned and rounded 3,000 Qantas Points.
However, Qantas continues to reward Malaysia Airlines’ business class and first class passengers, British Airways' premium economy travellers and Japan Airlines' Class J ticketholders at the lower ‘flexible economy’ rates on most flights.
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