Qantas and SriLankan Airlines will kick off a reciprocal codeshare partnership from October 26 2014, making it easier for Aussie travellers to reach Sri Lanka when flying on business or for the cricket.
Oneworld's newest member will codeshare on Qantas’ flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Singapore, while the Red Roo will apply its code to SriLankan’s flights between the Lion City and its Colombo hub.
After jetting to Singapore with Qantas, onward SriLankan Airlines connections to Colombo can be had within 2-3 hours of touchdown – giving travellers the chance to stop by the award-winning Qantas Singapore Lounge while in transit.
The new partnership with SriLankan complements Qantas’ existing codeshare flights between Singapore and the Sri Lankan capital with Emirates, along with Oneworld partner Cathay Pacific's flights on the same route.
Here's the shape of the Qantas/SriLankan codeshare network:
Earning points, status credits on Qantas and SriLankan
When travelling on a Qantas codeshare flight operated by SriLankan Airlines, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn points and status credits at the Qantas rates, rather than the SriLankan Airlines rates.
In business class between Singapore and Colombo, Platinum frequent flyers will pick up 5,500 Qantas Points and 80 status credits when booked on the Qantas (QF) code.
Although you'd still earn 80 status credits on the SriLankan Airlines (UL) flight number, the Frequent Flyer haul is more than halved to 2,132 Qantas Points.
On Qantas flights between Australia and Singapore, booking the UL code in business class nets only 60 Qantas status credits in each direction.
To compare, you'd earn 120 status credits if travelling on the QF flight number, so book through Qantas to maximise your status credits.
Excluded from the codeshare agreement are flights between Sydney and Colombo via Bangkok, although these can be booked via the Qantas website on the ‘native’ UL flight number:
Also broadening its reach within the extended Qantas Group network is Emirates, with codeshares to kick off on four new Jetstar routes from October 26.
On the list are flights between Christchurch and Wellington, between Melbourne and Ayers Rock and between Singapore and both Penang and Yangon on Jetstar Asia.
The Qantas/SriLankan tie-up expands Qantas’ international codeshare web even further, which in the last several weeks has reeled in partners such as WestJet in Canada and China Airlines on flights to Taiwan.
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