Qantas will tighten the rules for its frequent flyer 'loyalty bonus' next month, restricting the ability to earn bonus points to Qantas rather than its oneworld partners.
Members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program receive an 8,000 point bonus for every 500 status credits they earn.
As status credits are earned only when you fly, these extra points are intended to reward travellers for flying with Qantas or its partner airlines such as Cathay Pacific, British Airways, American Airlines and other members of the oneworld alliance.
However, as of July 1st, "only status credits earned from flights with a QF flight number (including partner airline flights with a QF flight number) will contribute to the Status credits calculation for the Loyalty Bonus", according to qantas.com/loyaltybonus.
You'll still be able to earn four loyalty bonuses per year, pocketing 32,000 frequent flyer points if you notch up 2,000 status credits – but only status credits from flights on Qantas aircraft or codeshare flights carrying a QF number will count towards your bonus points tally.
Qantas has over nine million frequent flyers on its books, and that number is expected to top 10 million before year's end.
The program's parent group Qantas Loyalty contributed $137 million in earnings (before interest and tax) to the Red Roo's coffers in the second half of 2012.
The airline will launch a major promotion for its frequent flyer scheme this month, featuring NASA's Mars Rover 'Curiosity' explorer, and is ramping up for the launch of the new Qantas Cash card, which integrates a prepaid MasterCard travel money card onto the smartchip-enabled Qantas Frequent Flyer card.
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