The high flyers of Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and other members of the oneworld alliance – including new partner Malaysia Airlines – will be able to sidestep the security queue at leading airports from February 1st.
It’s an exclusive treat for travellers enjoying Emerald status with oneworld, which includes Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum and Platinum One cardholders.
Oneworld says the arrangement applies to “select key airports worldwide” where there’s a fast track security lane already in place.
This includes Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York (both JFK and La Guardia), Chicago O'Hare, San Francisco, Helsinki, Tokyo Narita and Berlin Tegal (click here for the full list).
Another new perk for Qantas Platinums and their top-tier siblings is the inclusion of an extra bag as checked luggage over the existing standard limit for whatever class they’re travelling in, when on any oneworld member airline.
For airlines and routes where checked luggage is measured by weight rather than the number of bags, it’s an extra 20 kg (44 lbs).
“Whatever the airline’s policy is, you can add one more bag to it if you’re Emerald” explained oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby, who detailed the new benefits at a oneworld press briefing in Kuala Lumpur. “If the airline gives you two bags, you can now have a third one.”
David Flynn is attending the Malaysia Airlines/oneworld global press event in Kuala Lumpur as a guest of MAS and oneworld.
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