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Thursday, June 20, 2019

June 20 Update: Qantas revamps their Frequent Flyer program, Azore Airlines now codeshares on WestJet flights & more


Australia's Qantas announced a revamp of their Frequent Flyer program today. As it is not a major player in our market (they do serve Vancouver) we won't go into huge detail on the changes but here is an overview of what is happening:
  • More award seat availability - adding more than 1,000,000 seats on Qantas and new partner airlines
  • Carrier surcharges to be reduced by up to 50% on international flights
  • Up to a 10% reduction in points for international economy classic flight reward seats
  • Up to a 15% increase in points for domestic and international premium cabins
  • More partners to earn and redeem on including Air New Zealand, Air France, KLM and more
  • Lifetime Platinum Status to be launched and awarded to those who have earned 75,000 status credits
Overall there are some bright spots - a program actually reducing the amount of points required for economy class awards is a good move along with reducing the unpopular carrier surcharges on awards is a step in the right direction. Hopefully this is what we see happen to the new Air Canada Aeroplan program that is slated to come in 2020! The increase for premium seats is unfortuntaley an unwelcome devaluation. The reduction in econonmy class awards and surcharges take place right away while the increase in premium cabins will kick in on September 18. You can learn more about the changes here.


Here is an unexpected partnership - Azore Airlines now codeshares on WestJet flights out of Toronto to most major Canadian cities. Azore Airlines does serve Torontoso this will allow for easier connections to major Canadian cities. Now we just need to see if WestJet will add their code to the Azores Airlines flight! (Source Routesonline)


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