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Qantas has slashed the number of status credits earned on flights with its Oneworld partner airlines as part of an unprecedented overhaul of its frequent flyer scheme.
From July 1 many Qantas travellers booked on British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and other members of the Oneworld family will see the number of Qantas status credits fall by as much as half compared to the current rate.
The changes send a clear signal that for Qantas, 'loyalty' now means loyalty to the Flying Kangaroo first and partners second.
If you want to keep that shiny Gold or Platinum card and the perks which it bestows, the fastest way to do so will be to fly Qantas.
(Qantas also plans to release a new points table for partners which could similarly reduce the number of Qantas Frequent Flyer points earned through Oneworld airlines.)
Under Qantas' current and long-standing system, the number of status credits earned remained the same for Qantas and its Oneworld partners.
That all changes from July 1. Here are the sad numbers for four Qantas Oneworld partners that fly out of Australia.
Flying between Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific?
Today you'll earn 30 status credits (for a one-way trip) in economy, 60 in premium economy and 120 in business class.
From July 1 those rates drop to 15 status credits for economy, 30 for premium economy and 60 in business class.
The rare winners in this case are residents of Perth, as the 'west coast' rate in Qantas' new zone-based chart sees CX flights retain the their current status credit rates.
The same cuts apply to BA passengers shuttling between Sydney and Singapore.
If you're flying all the way to London, an economy ticket with BA sees the number of status credits fall from 60 to 35 from July 1.
British Airways' World Traveller Plus premium economy rate fall from 120 status credits to 70 while Club World business class tumbles a ton, from 240 status credits to 140.
Even BA's lush First class will lose some of its lustre as the current serve of 360 Qantas status credits plummets to 210.
MAS' home hub of Kuala Lumpur falls within the same Asian zone as Hong Kong, so status credits flying on Malaysia Airlines get a similar slicing as for Cathay Pacific.
Qatar's Melbourne-Doha flights suffer the biggest hit. Discount economy now earns 45 Qantas status credits, with 90 in full fare economy and 180 in business class.
As of July 1 those allocated are savaged to a mere 20 status credits for discount economy, 40 for full economy and 80 for business class.
It's almost as if Qantas would rather see its Melbourne frequent flyers head to the Middle East with Qantas or a QF-badged Emirates flight...
Things are less traumatic if you're flying with Qatar out of Perth, due to the shorter distances involved.
Today's status credit count of 35 for discount economy, 70 for full economy and 140 for business class is trimmed to 30, 60 and 120 status credits, respectively.
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