Qantas expands QF/KL pact
QANTAS Frequent Flyer members can now access reward seats, tier benefits and earn points across the entire Air France-KLM network, under a “comprehensive new partnership” between the airlines.
The deal - which comes despite Qantas being a oneworld alliance member and AF/KLM both part of the rival SkyTeam alliance - builds on the existing codeshare pacts initiated last year (TD 11 Oct 2018, TD 24 May 2018) which allowed AF and KL customers to connect over Singapore and Hong Kong on flights between Europe and Australia.
Qantas said the expanded frequent flyer agreement would allow its customers to access more than 60 new destinations across Europe and Africa.
Passengers can also earn points on all fares across all Air France and KLM marketed flights globally, rather than just on QF codeshare services.
Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said “Qantas Frequent Flyer is committed to building strong and strategic partnerships with flagship airlines to improve travel options and benefits for our members.
“Frequent flyers used 10 billion Qantas Points booking dream trips across Europe last year...we know this partnership will allow our members to explore more of the continent and find reward seats more easily,” Wirth added.
As well as points earning and redemption, QF frequent flyers with Gold status or higher will be able to access tier benefits including priority boarding and check-in as well as extra baggage allowance on any Air France and KLM operated flights.
Members of the Air France and KLM loyalty program Flying Blue will also now earn points when travelling on Qantas services.