Emirates has announced a codeshare and frequent flier partner with Jetstar, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Qantas with whom Emirates started to cooperate in 2013.
Emirates will codeshare 27 routes and Skywards members can redeem miles on all Jetstar operated services starting at 7,025 miles one-way starting on March 1, 2014.
Seems that you cannot earn Skywards miles for Jetstar codes flights. You must be on EK flight number.
The good thing is that redemptions in economy include 30 kilos and in business 40 kilos of checked in baggage allowance. You do have to pay taxes and fees. I checked few routes and couldn’t find ant fuel surcharge components for Jetstar flights
Here’s the press release from Jetstar/Emirates about the partnership:
Emirates and Jetstar have announced an agreement which is set to open up new destinations for Emirates passengers across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia as the Dubai-based airline continues to connect people, places and passions.
Emirates’ code will now be placed on a number of routes operated by Jetstar Airways in Australia and New Zealand and Jetstar Asia, giving passengers access to 27 new routes and six new destinations such as Bali in Indonesia, Byron Bay in Australia, Dunedin in New Zealand and Siem Reap in Cambodia*.
Members of Emirates Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer programme, will be able to earn Miles for flights on Jetstar-operated routes which have the Emirates code, they will also be able to use their Miles to purchase reward flights on any Jetstar operated route**, starting from just 7,025 Skywards Miles.
“This new link between Emirates and Jetstar offers our passengers a number of benefits including new routes to destinations that are not part of the Emirates network today,” said Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Planning, Aeropolitical & Industry Affairs.
“The link between Emirates and Jetstar is also fantastic news for our Emirates Skywards members, giving them more options to use their Miles to explore new countries and cultures,” added Mr Kazim.
“This agreement will see us bring our extensive Asia Pacific network consisting of some of the most popular leisure destinations, to the doorstep of Emirates passengers across the globe,” said Lisa Brock, Jetstar Group Chief Commercial Officer.
“Working with Emirates we have created a product and a network offering that will provide Emirates passengers with a range of new holiday options, in turn driving inbound tourism traffic to Australian destinations including Hamilton Island, Byron Bay and Uluru.
“Emirates customers travelling on Jetstar will enjoy a range of full service fare features such as food and beverage options and the same luggage allowance they would have on Emirates.”
From 6 April, all Emirates’ passengers on Jetstar flights will receive boarding passes on check-in at their first international departure point for connecting international services.
The codeshare includes seven domestic routes in Australia to add to the 50 that Emirates already codeshares with Qantas; four new routes in New Zealand, six new routes between Australian and New Zealand over the Tasman Sea and ten international routes out of Singapore to Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.
Emirates/ Jetstar codeshare itineraries will be on sale from the 13th February 2014 for travel from the 6th April 2014. Emirates frequent flyers will be able to redeem flights with points from the 1st March 2014.
Emirates has already partnered with Easyjet for award redemptions in Europe and now this partnership with Jetstar.
I have now flown Jetstar, but it is LCC airline. You basically pay for everything, so don’t expect Emirates experience if you end up on their metal.