Perks of Qantas Frequent Flyer Membership
You travel frequently for business but is your airline membership really working for you? With almost 13 million members, Qantas Frequent Flyer membership is one of the most popular for good reason. Researching the ins and outs of an airline membership can be tedious though, so our Travel Experts are available to help you utilise your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership to its full potential to help you achieve maximum productivity while travelling.
20 years ago, Qantas became a founding member of the oneworld alliance. Today, travellers can be rewarded and recognised with Qantas and 12 other world-class airlines including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnar and Latam. These days you can travel to over 1000 destinations across the globe with more routes being added to the Qantas network.
Qantas recently announced direct routes from Brisbane to San Francisco and Chicago, which take off in 2020. As well as new routes, new partnerships are coming into effect too. From October 28th, Qantas will offer codeshare services with Air New Zealand offering customers a variety of domestic flights within the country. Qantas has also announced that the airline will strengthen its relationship with American Airlines with the aim to develop more routes, lower costs and improved travel time.
New and improved lounges
With Qantas and oneworld, travellers will have access to more than 650 airport lounges globally. If the majority of your business is done on home soil, you can relax knowing that Qantas offers Australia’s largest lounge network. Newly opened or refurbished lounges include London Heathrow International and Melbourne Domestic lounges which have recently reopened after a massive year-long, multi-million dollar redesign.
If you fly internationally from Perth, enjoy the many premium features and services offered in the transit lounge, including outdoor patio and BBQ area or opt in to a stretching class at the wellbeing studio. During your visit, the body clock intervention light therapy tech in the shower suites, bathroom and within the lounge will be working to minimise the effects of jetlag and increase alertness depending on where you’re travelling to.
Due to open next month after a multi-million dollar investment, the new First and Business Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport, will comfortably accommodate over 500 passengers. The new lounge will offer 20 shower facilities, private single-seater lounges, high speed WiFi, easy access to power outlets (including USB ports) as well as an a la carte menu featuring local favourites such as laksa.
It’s no secret that there are several factors that can affect your chances of being upgraded: your Qantas membership tier, the fare originally booked and the number of points you have. Once your flight has been ticketed, it’s important to submit a request for upgrade using points straight away.
At times, travellers can receive confirmation of their upgrade within seven days of departure for international travel and within three days for domestic. If you’re travelling solo internationally, there’s every chance you could be upgraded at the gate due to cancellations, missed connections or no shows. Domestically, some Qantas members can request their upgrade, even from check-in kiosks or the lounge, from three hours before the scheduled departure.
Back in June, Qantas released details about how they plan to overall their frequent flyer membership to improve how their customers are recognised and rewarded. Members can expect to see initiatives rolled out over the next 12 months, including adding more than one million extra reward seats to aircrafts every year for popular destinations such as London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Singapore.
Qantas is also aiming to reduce carrier charges, change the amount of points required for reward seats (up to 10% for international economy seats) and ramp up ‘Points Plane.’ Announced earlier this year, the ‘Points Plane’ is an exclusive opportunity for frequent flyer members only wishing to redeem points. The first inaugural flight travelling from Melbourne to Tokyo will depart on the 21st of October this year, with a special onboard experience featuring bespoke cocktails and meals, signature pyjamas and inflight giveaways. Qantas also offers flexible return date options for customers.
Total travel time can add up quite quickly, once you factor in getting to and from the airport, waiting for your flight or your bag, not to mention the actual flight and transit times. Travelling with Qantas allows you to increase productivity with a range of benefits in the lounge and onboard. Order your barista made coffee and get to work with complimentary WiFi, private workstations, phone and printing facilities in the lounges. Meeting rooms are available at discounted rates for business travellers, Platinum or Gold members too.
Inflight Wifi is available on selected domestic flights so you can continue to work while thousands of feet in the air. Download the Qantas app for quick access to your boarding pass, to manage your seat selection and to receive important updates including changes to departure gate or baggage carousels.
Currently, Qantas operates the largest carbon offset scheme in the industry. According to the airline, a passenger travelling with Qantas chooses to offset their flight every minute. To encourage more travellers to go green, 10 Qantas points will be earned for every dollar spent on offsetting travel from Australia an initiative that launched mid-2019.
As well as rewarding travellers with points, the airline has set its sights on removing 100 million single-use plastic items every year by the end of 2020. Qantas is already testing new products and looking at ways to update their processes, with their first flight producing no landfill taking off back in May this year. Dubbed The Bowerbird Project after an Australian bird that reuses small plastic items, the waste reduction initiative is one to be involved in.
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