More than a million extra seats will be available for Qantas frequent flyers as part of a massive overhaul of the programme.
The changes to Qantas’s frequent flyer programme been billed as the “most significant in the programs history” by the company – making it easier to use points for economy seats – but upping the price of premium seats.
Up to 10 per cent fewer points will be needed for an international economy “classic reward” seat, but premium seats will cost up to 15 per cent more in points.
Upgrades will also require up to 9 per cent more points.
As an example, an economy seat from Melbourne to Los Angeles that currently requires 90,000 points and costs $513 in fees, will now cost 83,800 points plus $393 in fees.
Points needed for a premium economy seat on the same flight will increase from 144,000 to 162,600, but fees will fall from $793 to $603.
Frequent flyers seeking a business class seat on Melbourne to LA will need 216,800 points instead of 192,000 and $703 in fees, down from $943.
First Class redemption seats will cost 325,600 points up from 288,000 with associated fees the same as a Business Class redemption seat.
The points changes and extra seats will take effect from today with other changes to be introduced in the next year.
Qantas Frequent Flyers has close to 13 million members.