Qantas has linked up its frequent flyer program with Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France and KLM. This means that Qantas Frequent Flyers can now earn points on KLM and Air France flights, as well as access reward flights.
What are the details?
Qantas has expanded its frequent flyer partnership in a reciprocal deal with Air France and KLM, as announced in a press release early this morning.
This is actually an upgrade to a previous partnership between the programs. Previously Qantas offered code-share flights for those flying from Australia to Europe via Singapore or Hong Kong, heading to destinations such as Paris or Amsterdam. Frequent flyer members could access Qantas and Air France – KLM lounges in both airports, as well as earn Qantas Points on the flights.
But this new deal has expanded the partnership to cover every flight on both Qantas and Air France – KLM flights.
🇫🇷✈️🇦🇺Very glad to renew our partnership with @qantas for a codeshare agreement. Soon offering more flights & improved experience between Paris & 4 destinations in #Australia (#Sydney #Melbourne #Perth #Brisbane, via Hong Kong & Singapore) https://t.co/9YLTnIq8SO pic.twitter.com/mZz3OcnSa9
— Air France Newsroom (@AFnewsroom) May 23, 2018
What is the new partnership?
The new partnership will now mean all flights on the Air France and KLM network will earn Qantas Points and Qantas frequent flyers will be able to spend their points on Air France and KLM reward seats.
“Qantas Frequent Flyer is committed to building strong and strategic partnerships with flagship airlines to improve travel options and benefits for our members. Members will now have access to hundreds of thousands more reward seats in popular destinations including Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, and Athens, as well as new destinations across France, Italy and Northern Europe,” mentioned Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth in the press release.
Additionally, those travelers who are a gold member with Qantas or higher will be able to receive the equivalent perks with Air France and KLM. This includes priority boarding, extra baggage, and priority check-in.
“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.”
The partnership also flows the opposite way, with Flying Blue members now able to earn points flying on the Qantas network. Very useful for travelers looking to explore Australia in style.
” We are pleased to renew a partnership with Qantas. Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM Group offers one of the best travel solutions to its customers from Europe to Australia. It is also a travel experience appropriate to the needs of our business customers through connections to Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new cooperation confirms our Group’s desire to grow in Asia-Pacific” Said Patrick Alexandre, Deputy General Manager Sales Sales and Alliances of Air France-KLM in the Air France press release via Google Translate.
The only limiting factor about this partnership is the fact that Qantas and Flying Blue members can’t redeem reward seats on code-share flights on airlines other than Qantas or Flying Blue (if they are with the partnered airline). This means Flying Blue members won’t be able to easily access reward flights on Qantas’ new partnership with American Airlines for example.
What do you think about this new partnership? Will you be flying on either of these airlines? Let us know in the comments.