Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members will automatically receive 50 per cent of the Status Credits they need annually to keep their tier.
To help regular flyers maintain their travel benefits, Qantas Frequent Flyer has announced plans to provide all tiered members Silver and above with a one-off Status Credit bonus to compensate for reduced flying activity.
The bonus points to be awarded are as follows:
- 125 status credits for Silver members
- 300 status credits for Gold members
- 600 status credits for Platinum members
- 1,800 status credits for Platinum One
Qantas says that members most impacted, such as those whose membership year started at the peak of travel restrictions, will also be eligible for additional monthly Status Credits support. Loyalty Bonus for members will now also count towards reaching or retaining Platinum One until 31 December 2021.
Qantas releases extra reward flights
Qantas is also making it easier for Frequent Flyers to use their points on domestic and Trans-Tasman flights, as more travellers look closer to home for their next holiday.
For the rest of 2020, Classic Flight Reward seat availability will be increased by up to 50 percent to the most popular destinations in Australia and New Zealand including Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Queenstown and Auckland (when flights recommence).
Qantas is also embarking on other initiatives. These include:
Better value on accommodation: The number of points required for Points Plus Pay Qantas Hotels bookings will decrease by 20 percent effective immediately. Members will also receive 5,000 points back when they book a minimum of 3 nights. Plus, on selected Qantas Luxury offers, members can earn up to 125 bonus Status Credits when they book before Monday 31 August 2020.
Greater flexibility: To enable members to plan their holidays with more confidence, bookings made using points on Qantas Group flights will have any change or cancellation fees waived until 31 October 2020
More Points Planes: Qantas Frequent Flyer will launch more Points Planes – exclusive flights for frequent flyer redemptions – to meet the pent-up travel demand of members and boost Australian tourism. Timings and destinations of the flights will be released over the coming months.
Improved digital experience: Qantas Frequent Flyers will soon have a new way to plan their holidays with points. ‘Dream Planner’, live from 28 July 2020, uses real-time data and notifications to keep members informed on reward seat availability and special offers to their preferred destinations.
Personally, I'm heartened to see Qantas implement these initiatives. These positive steps will enable members to obtain more value from their upcoming holidays and from the Qantas Frequent Flyer program more generally.
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