Qantas is reducing the number of frequent flyer points needed to claim free flights on its low-cost sibling Jetstar, while also extending Classic Awards redemptions to Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Asia.
Under the new scheme, which comes into effect today, Classic Award bookings on Jetstar can now be made for 20% fewer points. The reduction applies to both domestic and international Jetstar services.
A 'free' one-way economy seat on Jetstar's Melbourne-Singapore service now costs 24,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points, down from 30,000 points (although there's still $195 in taxes and fees), while Perth-Singapore drops from 25,000 points to 20,000 points.
A seat on Jetstar's Melbourne-Hobart flight can now be had for 6,400 points, down from 8,000.
Qantas Frequent Flyer members will also be able to trade in their points for flights on Jetstar's overseas-based offshoots of Singapore-based Jetstar Asia (including Valuair flights to Indonesia) and Jetstar Japan, whose combined networks reach over two dozen cities throughout Asia.
“The ability to book flights on Jetstar’s network in Asia means members can use points to fly from Sydney to Tokyo on Qantas and onwards with Jetstar Japan to Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa,” said Lesley Grant, CEO of Qantas Loyalty.
Qantas has been aggressively expanding the Jetstar brand since its domestic debut in 2004, under the stewardship of current Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
The latest joint venture is Jetstar Hong Kong, formed in partnership with China Eastern Airlines and due to launch later this year.
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