Emirates and Qantas formed a partnership for Australia to Europe travel last year and you can start earning Skywards miles on Qantas flights from March 31, 2013. You can read my post about this partnership, when it was announced, here. You can access Emirates’ web page for Qantas partnership here.
Emirates just added Qantas to the list of airlines listed on its website
Earning Miles on Skywards program on Qantas flights
Key thing to note here is that you will NOT earn tier miles on Qantas fligts unless you buy them under Emirates codeshare flight number and that domestic Qantas flights won’t earn any miles unless they are part of continuous international trip.
Using Skywards Miles on Qantas
Emirates has different mileage requirements depending of the distance of the cities. Business class requires double and first class triple miles compared to economy.
Examples of Using Skywards Miles on Qantas
What is good and what is bad?
If Emirates had wanted this to be a true alliance, they would have allowed Skywards members to earn tier miles also on Qantas coded flights and not only Emirates coded Qantas ones.
The number of miles required for an award trip on Qantas is also quite high and you are likely responsible for fuel surcharges that Qantas charges for flights on their metal. Ticketing carrier has the final say, whether they charge for this on award trips or not. We should know soon.
Sydney to New York would require 384K Skywards miles. You can book the same flights for 145K American Airlines AAdvantage and there are ZERO surcharges beyond actual taxes/possible ticketing fee.
Sydney to Shanghai would require 144K Skywards miles. The same award trip would be 70K AAdvantage miles.
It is interesting to see, how this partnership is going to work out. According to media reports, Qantas’ international operations haven’t been very profitable and this way they can dump most of the European traffic to Emirates.