With no fanfare at all, Qantas Frequent Flyer has apppeared this morning as a UK American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner.
The transfer rate is 1:1.
The minimum transfer is 500 points.
The quoted transfer time is 3 business days.
If you have an existing Qantas Frequent Flyer account, this should be an easy way of stopping points from expiring.
This is a very short article because I don’t know the slightest thing about Qantas Frequent Flyer! However, here is the key – Qantas is, of course, a member of the oneworld alliance. This means that you can redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points for flights on British Airways.
I have absolutely no idea:
how many points such redemptions require
what sort of taxes and charges are required
what the cancellation rules are
whether you need to book return tickets
whether you can book open jaw tickets etc
….. so I can’t tell you at the moment whether it’s better than transferring to British Airways Executive Club. I also don’t know what non-oneworld partners are available, except for the well publicised Emirates and KLM joint ventures.
In general, though, Qantas Frequent Flyer does not have a great reputation and I don’t expect a lot of sweet spots to appear.
I also don’t know generous the scheme is if you credit future British Airways flights to Qantas Frequent Flyer instead of BAEC. As Amex now offers you an easy way of topping up your flight miles to the exact level you need for a reward, this might be an option for some people. It is especially interesting if you have already retained your British Airways status and have flexibility about where you credit future flights in your membership year.
I’ll do some digging over the next few days.
You can find out more about Qantas Frequent Flyer on the Qantas site here. Thanks to gtellez for flagging this.
PS. Aer Lingus AerClub seems to have disappeared as a partner, not that it matters since you can move points from BA or Iberia
PPS. Can someone please tell Amex how to spell “Singapore KrysFlyer” properly?! Perhaps change the Qantas headline to ‘Qantas Frequent Flyer’ and not ‘Qantas Point Transfer’ too …..
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