Members of Emirates' Skywards frequent flyer program will be able to boost their status by earning Skywards Tier Miles on all Qantas International flights, not just codeshare services, from March 31 as part of the Qantas-Emirates alliance.
An Emirates spokesperson has advised Australian Business Traveller that the status-generating Tier Miles, as well as standard Skyward Miles which are traded for flights and upgrades, will be accrued on "Qantas international flights and domestic sectors of an international trip (e.g. Dubai-Sydney-Gold Coast)", although not on purely domestic Qantas flights.
When asked for confirmation that the earning opportunity wasn't tied only to codeshare flights which will carry joint QF and EK numbers, Emirates confirmed "this counts for all QF flights."
This means that Qantas passengers should have the option to choose between accruing points and status in either the Qantas or Emirates frequent flyer schemes on international Qantas flights.
As previously reported, Emirates president Tim Clark told Australian Business Traveller the airline would also "introduce a fourth (Skywards) tier", sitting above its current top Gold level, to align with Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum.
For the Red Roo's part, Qantas Frequent Flyers will earn full status credits on codeshare Emirates flights – provided that travel is booked under the Qantas QF flight number rather than Emirates' EK flight number – and will earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on all Emirates flights, even if they're not operated as a codeshare with Qantas.
Qantas this week began selling codeshare Emirates fares for travel from March 31.
While we're on the topic of frequent flyer status, check out the Gold frequent flyer status match to SkyTeam's gold-equivalent Elite Plus tier.
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