Qantas announces major boost to frequent flyer scheme

Qantas’ frequent flyer program has had a significant boost with the addition of 20 million more reward seats.

The launch of Classic Plus Flight Rewards marks a significant expansion of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, providing members with access to over 20 million additional reward seats. This enhancement represents one of the largest expansions in the program’s 35-year history, offering greater flexibility for travelers to use their Qantas Points for booking flights to popular destinations such as London, Tokyo, New York, and Singapore, even during peak travel periods.

Classic Plus rewards, while typically requiring more points than standard Classic reward seats, offer exceptional value within the frequent flyer program due to their broader availability. Additionally, Classic Plus reward seats are eligible for upgrades.

The points needed to book Classic Plus reward seats will vary based on factors like travel time and demand, mirroring typical airfare pricing. This means that points requirements may be lower during off-peak periods or when booking in advance, and higher during peak travel times. During sales and promotional periods, Classic Plus reward seats may even be priced lower than standard Classic reward seats on the same route.

Starting today, Classic Plus reward seats can be booked exclusively for Qantas international flights departing from Australia, with travel commencing from July 1, 2024, via the Qantas website. This offering will gradually extend to encompass the entirety of the airline’s international and domestic network on Qantas-operated flights by the end of the year.

Upon the full rollout of Classic Plus across both international and domestic routes by the end of 2024, members will have enjoyed access to 20 million new reward seats within a rolling 12-month booking window, with similar availability expected to continue thereafter.

Vanessa Hudson, CEO of the Qantas Group, emphasised that with more ways to earn points than ever before, this new flight reward option further enhances the value proposition for frequent flyers looking to utilise their growing points balances for travel purposes.

“The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is an integral part of Qantas and has always been about recognising our customers for their loyalty. We’ve spent a lot of time listening to members about how we can better reward them,” Ms Hudson said.

“We’re adding over 20 million new flight rewards with the launch of a new type of reward seat called Classic Plus. It’s one of the biggest expansions we’ve made to the Frequent Flyer program in its 35-year history.

“The growth and success of Qantas Loyalty is driven by engaged members who earn and redeem points across the frequent flyer program, including with our partners, and that’s why we’re investing in making more seats available to book with points.”

Qantas will continue to offer more than 5 million existing Classic rewards seats across Qantas, Jetstar and 45 partner airlines, with no change to the points required to book these seats since 2019.

This financial year, Qantas will invest $60 million in more flight rewards for frequent flyers, which included adding 6,000 new premium Classic reward seats to Europe during peak travel times last October. 

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