Fill ‘er up and fly with Qan­tas

Mercury (Hobart) - - BUSINESS -

QAN­TAS Air­ways’ pro­posed tie-up with BP looks set to be ap­proved by the com­pe­ti­tion watch­dog, mean­ing more mo­torists will be able to earn fre­quent flyer points from next March.

The Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion has an­nounced it is “propos­ing to grant au­tho­ri­sa­tion” to al­low Qan­tas, BP Aus­tralia and in­de­pen­dent BP petrol sta­tions to col­lec­tively par­tic­i­pate in each other’s re­ward pro­grams.

ACCC com­mis­sioner Stephen Ridge­way said the ar­range­ments would pro­vide pub­lic ben­e­fits by giv­ing con­sumers more op­por­tu­nity to earn and use re­ward-pro­gram points.

“We don’t think the planned ar­range­ments will have any sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive im­pact on com­pe­ti­tion,” Mr Ridge­way said.

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