Qantas’ frequent flyer overhaul makes it easier to upgrade to Business Class… but there’s a catch
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Qantas’ frequent flyer program just got back from a $25 million day spa and looks much better for it. But, while most features have scrubbed up nicely, there are some which Business and First Class travellers may need to get their heads around.
First up: the positives.
Qantas says the increase has been made “to better reflect the value of this premium experience,” and will be offset (somewhat) by carrier costs coming down (which should save you, on average, $200 per international return trip).
For the high-rollers: Qantas also announced a new points club “more exclusive than the Chairman’s lounge”, which includes a two-tiered system of which even the base tier requires members to earn 150,000 points a year on the ground to keep their membership.
That’s a lot of ‘point-bought’ wine.
They also announced a ‘Lifetime Platinum’ status — the “ultimate recognition” for loyal passengers (and the threshold of which will be more than five times the amount of credits required for Lifetime Gold).
Qantas expects the increased engagement the frequent flyer program is set to cause to pay for the $25 million dollar overhaul “within the first year.”
If you feel like helping them out; London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Singapore await.