Qan­tas ex­pands QF/KL pact

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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.

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