Qantas nixes frequent flyer partnership with South African Airways

By Chris Chamberlin, July 17 2014

Qantas will pull the plug on its frequent flyer partnership with South African Airways flights from October 1st.

Currently, Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn points – although not status credits – when travelling on SAA domestic flights.

It’s the final nail in the coffin for the Qantas/SAA alliance, which earlier this year saw South African removing its code from Qantas’ daily Sydney-Johannesburg flight and instead hooking up with Virgin Australia.

Qantas also stopped codesharing on SAA’s Perth-Johannesburg services, which previously allowed residents in the mining capital to earn both points and status credits when travelling for business or on safari.

Jetsetters flying onwards from Johannesburg can still earn Qantas Points and status credits on Oneworld affiliate Comair at the British Airways rates.

Qantas’ daily Johannesburg flights are unaffected, with travellers also having the option to fly via Dubai with Emirates, which recently boosted its flights to South Africa’s largest city.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

21 Sep 2011

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Let's see if SA will join Velocity which only makes sense now. 


13 Sep 2013

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Surely SAA will shack up with VA fairly soon

21 Jul 2014

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Not long until the SYD-JNB QF63-64 service is non existent :(

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