Qantas boosts status credits on Qatar Airways flights

Qantas boosts status credits on Qatar Airways flights

Qantas is boosting the number of status credits that its frequent flyers can earn when travelling with Oneworld partner Qatar Airways ahead of the Gulf airline’s launch of flights to both Sydney and Adelaide from its home hub in Doha.

While Qantas first reclassified Qatar business class flights as ‘flexible economy’ from December 1 2015 – cutting the already-lowered earning rate in half – further changes made this month see business class fares again treated as true ‘business class’.

For Victorian travellers on the airline’s existing Melbourne-Doha flights, that improves your haul of status credits from 40 to 80 in business class compared to the rates introduced on December 1, with the same true for Sydney-based flyers once Qatar begins its non-stop service in March 2016.

The Perth-Doha route also now promises twice the number of business class status credits than earlier this month with the previous earn of 60 status credits increased to 120 in each direction.

Adelaide flyers will also earn a higher 90 status credits in business class – up from the planned 45 status credits each way – as Qatar’s fourth Australian destination comes to life in May 2016.

There’s an added boost for travellers continuing their journey to London and much of Europe with business class fares each now awarding 60 status credits, increased from 30 status credits, and first class tickets improved from 60 to 90 status credits per flight.

Business class passengers on all routes will continue to earn the same number of Qantas frequent flyer points as previously, with first class travellers picking up a higher 3,750 Qantas Points between Doha and London against the originally-planned and rounded 3,000 Qantas Points.

However, Qantas continues to reward Malaysia Airlines’ business class and first class passengers, British Airways' premium economy travellers and Japan Airlines' Class J ticketholders at the lower ‘flexible economy’ rates on most flights.

Read more: What Qantas' latest changes mean for travellers

Also read: Qatar Airways: double points, Oneworld Sapphire fast-track

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

17 comments

  • sagidec

    sagidec

    23 Dec, 2015 02:06 pm

    Why the change of heart? What's driving this?

    Not that it's a bad thing. But keen to know...

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  • fxdxdy

    fxdxdy

    23 Dec, 2015 03:34 pm

    I doubt it has anything to do the Emirates partnership - I think that's still going pretty strong.

    It is a releif for me because I chose specific points into and out of Europe with Qatar just to make sure I got a full fist of points instead of only half. In future, I won't need to play that game.

    It does make me think now, I wonder if the Qantas FF calculator has been updated. 

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    23 Dec, 2015 04:48 pm

    "Qantas continues to reward Malaysia Airlines’ business class and first class passengers, British Airways' premium economy travellers and Japan Airlines' Class J ticketholders at the lower ‘flexible economy’ rates on most flights"

    Isn't that an oxymoron?

    Perhaps "reward" is more appropriate? Or even the more direct "punish"?

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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    23 Dec, 2015 05:08 pm

    If they insist on having a reduced earn for JAL "Class J", then they should put in an exemption so that it earns normal business class points/credits when the flight is booked as part of business class international itinerary.

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  • SaltyJ

    SaltyJ

    23 Dec, 2015 05:30 pm

    Curious as to why Perth -Doha flights net 50% more status credits than say Mel - Doha? 

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  • AJT_

    AJT_

    23 Dec, 2015 10:18 pm

    I think because from Perth theres so QF option to Europe 

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  • AJT_

    AJT_

    23 Dec, 2015 10:19 pm

    *no

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  • kimshep

    kimshep

    24 Dec, 2015 07:26 am

    That's odd ..

    I see quite a number of QF/EK flight options to LHR ex PER using QF codeshare flight numbers (along with EK flight numbers) via either DXB or SIN/DXB. Using QF flight numbers ensure you get your maximum number of SC and points for QFFs.

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  • livejon

    livejon

    17 Jan, 2016 12:26 pm

    Seems like ADL flights to Doha are also 50% less SCs than Perth (20 vs 30 in discount economy). Same situation in ADL and PER: no QF flights other than on EK. Tables haven't updated as of mid-Jan: https://www.qantas.com/fflyer/dyn/flying/airline-earning#partner-airline-earning-table

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  • John Ventris

    Vinegar

    23 Dec, 2015 06:28 pm

    PERTH-DOHA should be higher rate than MEL-DOHA - you see out of Perth we have no European flights available on a QANTAS plane - we have to choose another airline so one would hope we get some extra consideration with status credits on another aligned airline.

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  • SaltyJ

    SaltyJ

    23 Dec, 2015 09:22 pm

    At certain times of the 6 ear are there Perth-Sinapore flights?

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  • SaltyJ

    SaltyJ

    23 Dec, 2015 09:23 pm

    *year

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  • hutch

    hutch

    23 Dec, 2015 09:26 pm

    There is year round 737 service PER to SIN. Not really a comparison

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  • SaltyJ

    SaltyJ

    24 Dec, 2015 07:04 am

    But it's still an option to Europe isn't it? 

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  • Alex_upgrade

    alex_upgrade77

    24 Dec, 2015 05:06 pm

    Is it just me or has the varying allocation of frequent flyer points to different airlines within the same alliance become farsical. 

    This only encourages frustration and confusion...not loyalty.

    And yeah, same goes for Star Alliance as well.

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  • livejon

    livejon

    16 Jan, 2016 10:27 pm

    It is not just you.

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  • DaveK

    DaveK

    25 Dec, 2015 03:08 pm

    A sensible outcome, well done Qantas.

    Sometimes I wonder if Qantas treats oneworld partners like relatives: you can pick your friends and not your relatives.

    Still have to treat relatives with respect though...

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