Qantas frequent flyers to earn status credits on Emirates flights

Qantas frequent flyers to earn status credits on Emirates flights

Qantas Frequent Flyers will earn full status credits on codeshare Emirates flights when the airline's partnership takes off in April 2013.

Following enquiries from Australian Business Traveller, a Qantas spokesman confirmed the status credits will be earned on the proviso that travel is booked under the Qantas QF flight number rather than Emirates' EK flight number – in effect, meaning that you're buying your ticket from Qantas.

If your booking is made under the EK flight number you'll still earn frequent flyer points for the journey, but not status credits.

The spokesman also confirmed that travellers will be able to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on all Emirates flights, even if they're not operated as a codeshare with Qantas.

As previously reported, Qantas and Emirates have also promised "reciprocal access to the tier status benefits" of their respective Frequent Flyer and Skywards programs such as priority check-in and boarding, lounge access and a higher checked luggage allowance.

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • sagidec


    12 Sep, 2012 09:04 am

    I always knew there was a catch. 

    Considering that Qantas probably doesn't codeshare on all the flights with Emirates, one might just earn status credits for AUS to DXB and then left with just points on the 2nd sector.

    Flights marketed under QF will probably be slightly more expensive than buying straight with EK.

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  • Darren


    12 Sep, 2012 09:33 am

    I think you will find that QF will have quite an extensive number of codeshare flights on EK - That is part of the idea for this deal.  

    But the convenience is still to be determined once the flight schedules have been put in place as the biggest bank of departing flights to Continental Europe are in the morning from DXB.

    In relation to fares it it still too early to predict what the outcome will be, but as they have mentioned in press releases they will coordinate fares and so it would be a competative disadvantage for QF to sell higher on the same flights.

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  • AirportAddict


    12 Sep, 2012 09:18 am

    Great news. Can Skywards tier miles be earned on QF flights?

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  • Ash


    12 Sep, 2012 11:44 am

    As expected and almost identical to what was in place with BA. Any ideas as to when schedules will be released and flights bookable, and what flights will be codeshare? Is it just ex Australia or flights such as SIN-DXB etc?

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  • cdirnber


    12 Sep, 2012 12:36 pm

    Not quite - one clocks up tier points on BA metal whereas no tier points will be awarded on EK metal!

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  • AusFlyer


    12 Sep, 2012 01:43 pm

    Not quite true... As stated, you will get tier points on EK metal if it has a QF flight number, which is likely to be quite a few of the flights to Europe.

    The only reason tier points are awarded on all BA flights is because they are part of OneWorld... You get tier points on all OneWorld carriers.

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  • sagidec


    12 Sep, 2012 04:25 pm

    In terms of prices, one can check out codeshare flights for Sydney - Santiago as an example. QF codeshare on LAN Airlines metal tend to be more expensive. It's great for people who can afford it. For leisure flyers like myself, if I can save a dollar or two, it's a win already.

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  • spinoza


    12 Sep, 2012 04:32 pm

    Good compromise, better than what I expected! 

    The next question is what flights will be code shared. E.g. I imagine NY to Dubai or HK to Dubai would not have any code share, but perhaps all the Dubai - Europe flights?

    The other revelation I had was that Dubai is classified as "Europe" in the oneworld RTW ticket "zones". Now that Qantas is flying direct to Europe without going through Asia, this could potentially change the economics of many RTW oneworld tickets. E.g. a 3 continent RTW fare use to be unavailable to Australlians because it wasn't possible to go around the world from Australia only touching 3 continents - the minimum was 4; e.g. Aus, Asia, Europe, US (weirdly there are no flights from Africa to the Americas, else that would have worked). Alternatively I can buy a 4 continent fare and cover Europe, US, and South America. Wonder if oneworld will change to rules to make Sydney - Dubai an exception, otherwise this will be really interesting... 

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  • Al Glidden


    13 Sep, 2012 08:12 pm

    Excellent news, thanks for chasing this up, AusBT!

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  • Adam T


    14 Sep, 2012 09:29 pm

    Sorry to disappoint but the only carriers permitted on oneworld explorer fares are those operated and marketed by oneworld member carriers (exception is JQ metal QF marketed), so QF codeshare on EK operated flights won't be available on this fare, unless EK joins oneworld....I think not. 

    Global Explorer doesn't offer QF/EK codeshare relief either however, there are currently several non-oneworld metal codeshare exceptions so a change could be implemented here. 

    Hope this helps. 

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  • spinoza


    8 Feb, 2013 10:59 am

    Adam, thanks for your reply, sorry didn't see this until now.

    QF will be flying from Sydney to Dubai, then I can fly BA from Dubai to London. Then I don't need to be on any EK flights.. oneworld metal only ??

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  • Nick Starrenburg


    15 Sep, 2012 10:29 am

    Access to Emirates lounges in Europe on return legs?

    We are currently booked on a Qantas flight from Frankfurt - Singapore - Brisbane in May 2013.  I am a Qantas Club member.  On previous similar trips we have used Japan Airlines lounge in Frankfurt as the Qantas entitlement in Frankfurt.  We then used the Qantas lounge in Singapore.

    I assume that, all things being equal, we will fly Frankfurt to Dubai and then to (hopefully) Brisbane.  Both flight will (again I assume) be at least QF code shares.

    We can use the Emirates lounge in Dubai.  However, surely the situation would not be that we were barred from the Emirates lounge in Frankfurt before we depart.

    Any thoughts or information on this?

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  • eaglesky


    15 Sep, 2012 03:04 pm

    yeah... it makes sense... that's why qantas wont let QF frequent flyers to gain tier status when flying on Emirates (without QF codeshare).  It isn't fair and is mean!  What about if Emirates is gonna join AA and other oneworld airlines, it will change soon.

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  • Heath


    14 Oct, 2012 12:01 pm

    They may well provide status credits for code shared flights; but in doing so I'm sure you'll be paying alot more via Qantas.  For example a Biz class flight to London with Qantas is about $4000 more than Emirates.  I've been a loyal qantas (platinum) customer,  but a number of recent changes, in particular changes to their asia network (e.g. singapore and bangkok) have just about lost me. 

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  • spinoza


    8 Feb, 2013 11:08 am

    Would be great (when available) to get a list of all the codeshare routes. E.g. will Dubai - Cairo or Delhi, or Cape Town. Thanks :)

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