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You can keep earning Avios and BA tier points on Emirates as the Qantas JV is extended

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One of the ‘things you didn’t know you didn’t know’ about frequent flyer miles is that it is possible to earn British Airways Avios and BA Executive Club tier points when flying with Emirates.

The reason for this is that Emirates has a codeshare deal on many routes with Qantas.

Qantas is the only oneworld airline where you earn Avios and BA tier points if you travel on a codeshare flight operated by a non-oneworld airline.

How to earn Avios from Emirates flights

On Monday, Emirates and Qantas announced that they have extended their codeshare deal for another five years – click here to read more. This means that you can continue earning Avios on selected Emirates flights until at least March 2028.

We love Emirates

Emirates is an excellent airline for long-haul travel, especially in premium cabins on the A380 routes and especially if you live in the regions and would otherwise need to connect at Heathrow.  Here is my review of Emirates A380 First Class, here is my review of the brand new Boeing 777-300ER ‘fully enclosed’ Emirates First Class and here is my review of Emirates A380 Business Class.

One downside is Emirates Skywards which isn’t very useful unless you earn enough for a long-haul premium cabin redemption.  You can redeem for Arsenal VIP football tickets and for easyJet flights and for Heathrow Rewards credit but that is about it.

There is an alternative, though

Qantas has a codeshare deal with Emirates, now extended to March 2028.  A large number of Emirates flights also carry Qantas flight codes.  Qantas is a member of the oneworld alliance alongside British Airways.

As long as your Emirates flight is booked under a Qantas (QF) flight number and not an Emirates (EK) flight number, you will receive Avios points when you fly.

I got my wife to try this out back in 2015.  She had to fly to Singapore for a conference and got herself routed London – Dubai – Singapore – Dubai – London.

This is what posted on ba.com (click to enlarge):

Earning Avios when flying Emirates

As you can see, full long-haul tier points – 560 tier points for the return trip – and Avios were received.  Whilst it states that all four flights were ‘operated by Qantas’, this is not the case.  Three were on Emirates with only QF1 being on a Qantas aircraft.

How can you book Emirates flights under the Qantas codeshare?

It isn’t easy, unfortunately.

To book an Emirates flight under the Qantas flight numbers, you should use the Qantas website to book.  Flights may be cheaper, the same or more expensive than booking via the Emirates site – it varies by service – so be careful.

Here is an example itinerary I pulled up. This is Rome to Sydney via Dubai, with all four flights on Emirates aircraft, but carrying a Qantas flight code and therefore earning Avios and British Airways tier points:

Emirates and Qantas joint venture

If you are trying to book the cheapest non-refundable economy ticket then, to be honest, it is very unlikely you will find it with a QF flight number. Flexible and semi-flexible fares are more likely to be equal in price irrespective of whose flight number is on the ticket.

Expedia and other third party sites may show Emirates flights with Qantas flight numbers but you need to check this carefully before hitting the ‘buy’ button.

Unfortunately, the Qantas website doesn’t list all of the cities covered by the Emirates codeshare. It may be necessary to use a travel agent.

How to earn Avios when flying with Emirates

This doesn’t work on all Emirates routes

Not all Emirates flights carry a Qantas flight code.

In their press release on Monday, Emirates and Qantas confirmed that the codeshare covers:

  • 38 codeshare destinations in the UK and Europe, including Rome, Zurich and Barcelona
  • 55 codeshare destinations in Australia and New Zealand
  • 13 codeshare destinations in Africa and the Middle East
  • 2 codeshare destinations in Asia

…. although there is no published list that I can find.

Your destination needs to be part of the (unpublished) list of cities above in order for the Emirates flight to be bookable as a Qantas codeshare.

This trick also works on one KLM route to Singapore

Qantas also codeshares with KLM on its flights from Amsterdam to Singapore.  In return, KLM has added its flight codes to Qantas services from Singapore to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

If you book Amsterdam to Singapore on KLM, but using the Qantas flight code, you can credit it to British Airways Executive Club and earn tier points and Avios.  Weird but true.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (11)

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  • Andrew says:

    And presumably you can use the EK lounges if you’re on a QF flight code, including the First Class lounge in DXB if you’re BA Gold?

    • Pid says:

      If you were on a QF code and upgraded at check in would it remain on the same code and so get higher TP, or would it change to EK?

    • PaulC says:

      No, that doesn’t happen. I did exactly the same itinerary as Rob’s wife and on the outbound as BA Gold/oneworld Emerald I had to use the Emirates Business class lounge as it was a QF code but an Emirates aircraft. On the return leg, it was a QF code and QF aircraft and so as oneworld Emerald I was granted access to the Emirates First lounge (and it was nice!) but only thanks to their reciprocal lounge access rights for frequent flyers when eligible on their own services, which did not apply with the codeshare flight on the outbound.

      Sadly, that’s no longer possible as Qantas has stopped serving DXB with its own aircraft and only codeshares on EK now.

  • Richie says:

    There were some VS codes on SQ flights, did similar apply for VS flying club?

  • JK says:

    Since QF stopped flying to DXB I’ve not found a way to book LHR-DXB using a QF code, seems like it needs to be a connecting itinerary to somewhere else.

  • Kenny says:

    Would you also be able to use oneworld lounges when flying on emirates (qf number) eg Cathay pacific at Heathrow?

    • Rob says:

      Good question. Would be oneworld rules I assume, yes. That said, Emirates lounge has direct boarding so you might want to end up there even if you start at Cathay.

  • FatherOfFour says:

    What about redeeming Avios for QF /EK codeshares? Assume this isn’t possible?

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