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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