Qantas is reducing the free mileage allowance for business class and first class chauffeur drive service on its London flights, although many passengers won't even notice.
The current 70 mile (112km) complimentary distance from London Heathrow Airport will be reduced to 50 miles (80km) as of March 1.
This map below compares the radii for 70 miles and 50 miles, centred on Heathrow.
A 50 mile free ride is still fairly generous, although passengers headed to the likes of Cambridge and Southampton – which fall within the current complimentary 70 mile zone – will now have to pay extra.
Chauffeur Drive trips which extend beyond the 50 mile radius will be charged an 'excess mileage' fee of £24.30 (A$44) per 10 miles; in the case of Cambridge, that'll mean a near-£50 top-up.
A Qantas spokesman told Australian Business Traveller that the changes are being made "due to low take-up in some markets."
The Chauffeur Drive shake-up also axes the chauffeur service at Singapore and New Zealand for Qantas passengers jetting to those countries from London.
While they'll still be eligible for Chauffeur Drive to and from Heathrow, there won't be a car waiting at the other end of the journey unless they have booked it themselves.
Qantas says it "will honour all existing Chauffeur Drive bookings made on/before 1 March 2019 for travel up until 1 March 2020".
As previously reported by Australian Business Traveller, the free Chauffeur Drive service remains available to bookings made using frequent flyer points, in contrast to a recent decision by partner Emirates to restrict chauffeur rides to paying customers.
Qantas introduced its chauffeur service in April 2013 to match the same offering from Emirates as part of the newly-minted Qantas/Emirates alliance, with a free ride originally offered to premium cabin customers bound for London, Dubai and the USA.
However, over subsequent years this has been scaled back to include only the London route.
Relatively few international airlines offer a complimentary chauffeur service. While Emirates set the benchmark, competitor Etihad Airways scrapped its own service in July 2017.