Qantas is set to change how many of its frequent flyer points you'll earn when travelling on other airlines such as Emirates and Oneworld members including Cathay Pacific and Malaysian Airlines.
Under the current system, your serve of Qantas Points for flying with some two dozen partner airlines is partly based on the distance flown – the more miles you travel, the more points you rack up.
As of December 1st 2015, Qantas will switch to a new formula to bring the Qantas Frequent Flyer partner airlines scheme in line with Qantas' own program, which the airline revised in mid-2014, which defines geographical 'zone' in which your flight takes place rather than the outright distance.
Other changes include revising how each type of airline ticket lines up against Qantas' own points-earning categories and increasing the number of economy 'earn categories' from two to three.
'Cabin class bonuses' – an additional serve of points for passengers sitting in premium economy, business and first – have also been axed, and rolled into the base rate of each category.
A Qantas spokesman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the new partner earning scheme would see points allocated "based on where they fly, as well as their choice of airline and the fare purchased."
"This is the way members already earn on Qantas and Jetstar."
Qantas Points and partners
The overhaul affects flights with Emirates, Oneworld member airlines and other affiliated airlines including Aer Lingus, China Eastern and Fiji Airways.
"Overall, members will find that Qantas Points earned will not differ significantly from today," the Qantas spokesperson claimed.
However, the changes are likely to be a mixed bag for business travellers depending on which airline they travel with, where they fly to and what type of ticket they buy.
More Status Credits between Asia and Europe
There'll also be a boost in the number of Status Credits earned on partner airline flights between Asia and Europe, such as Cathay Pacific – making it easier for regular travellers to climb the frequent flyer food chain to pocket a high-status Gold or Platinum card and enjoy the perks which come with it, such as airport lounge access, extra checked baggage and a better chance at upgrades.
For example, a one-way business class ticket from Hong Kong to London on Cathay Pacific will from December 1st net you 120 Status Credits compared to 80 under today's scale.
However, choosing to fly that first leg from Australia to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific rather than Qantas still comes with a significant penalty. You'll earn only 60 status credits in business class on a one-way CX flight, but 120 if you travel with Qantas.
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