Qantas business-class passengers will have their baggage allowances more than halved on all routes except the Americas but will get a chauffeur-driven limousine to and from their flights as part of the airline’s tie-up with Emirates.
Qantas yesterday outlined a changes including frequent flyer rules related to the partnership with the world’s biggest international airline.
From March 31, and subject to final approvals, Qantas frequent flyers will be able to redeem points on any part of the Qantas or Emirates network — a combined total of more than 175 destinations — but there are disappointments and traps.
Foremost is that Qantas frequent flyers cannot use their points to upgrade on code-share flights on Emirates planes from Perth or anywhere on the Emirates network.
And the trap?
Qantas frequent flyers cannot use their points to upgrade when booked on an Emirates flight number on Qantas operated planes.
To earn status credits you will need to book with your own airline and if the flight number is a QF, you will earn points, status credits and status bonuses at the Qantas rate but if it is EK, Qantas frequent flyers will earn only points, not status credits, says Australian Business Traveller.
However, frequent flyers will have a far greater network to redeem and earn points.
Qantas Gold frequent flyers and above will also have access to Emirates lounges in Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa as well as having their tier recognised.
Chief executive of Qantas loyalty, Lesley Grant, said the benefits would give frequent flyers of either airline the chance to earn and redeem points or air miles across a massive network.
However, the baggage policy may cause problems for Qantas premium passengers with a new capped-weight system.
A business-class passenger has been able to check four pieces up to 32kg each for a total of 128kg but will now be restricted to 60kg — though in unlimited bags. Qantas economy passengers’ allowance rises from 23kg to 30kg.
Qantas will also match Emirates long transit policy for Dubai so passengers who have no option but an inconvenient connection are given a hotel room, transfer and meals.
Passengers have urged airlines to ban children under 18 in premium cabins after three-quarters admitted that younger travellers drove them crazy in the premium seats.
More than 1000 business travellers were surveyed about what annoys them at the Business Travel and Meetings Show in London.
Almost 75 per cent nominated children, while 18 per cent were annoyed by travellers on a free upgrade.