Air France – KLM & Qantas Frequent Flier Partnership

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Air France – KLM and Qantas on Monday announced a frequent flier partnership that builds on the codeshare deal that the airlines agreed last year.

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Air France – KLM (SkyTeam) and Qantas (Oneworld) will also further expand their codeshare agreement to include additional flights.

Air France – KLM Flying Blue members can earn XP qualifying points (elite qualifying miles) and awards miles on Qantas flights. Qantas members do earn miles but not elite qualifying ones on flights operated by Air France and KLM unless on QF code.

Elite members from both airlines will receive airport priority services such as checking in and boarding, but there is no lounge access reciprocity in place, although the press release hints that this could be in the works.

Award redemption using Flying Blue miles on Qantas and using Qantas points on Air France and KLM flights is already live.

Earning and redeeming on Qantas for Flying Blue members:

EARN MILES AND GAIN XP

Earn Miles and gain XP on flights marketed as Qantas (QF) and operated by Qantas (including flights which are operated by Qantas Link), Air France and KLM, as per the earning scheme below.

Earning Miles and gaining XP isn’t possible for:

  • Tickets with a booking class not mentioned in the earning scheme below
  • Reward tickets (tickets booked using Miles)

The distance:

The distance is the number of miles between the origin and destination of your flight (not the Flying Blue Miles). For example, flying 274 miles one-way on Qantas marketing in L booking class as an Explorer will get you 274 x 25% = 68 Flying Blue Miles.

QANTAS SCHEME (AS OF: 09 DECEMBER 2019)

Cabin and booking class earning %:

  • First Cabin––F, A: 150%
  • Business Cabin––J, C, D: 125%; I: 100%
  • Premium Economy Cabin––W: 110%; R: 100%; T: 75%
  • Economy Cabin––Y, B: 100%; H: 75%; K, M: 50%; L, S, V: 25%; G, N, O, Q: 20%

    SPEND MILES ON A REWARD TICKET

Spend Miles on flights marketed as Qantas (QF) and operated by Qantas. Use your Miles to book a getaway on Qantas. The number of Miles you need depends on where and when you fly. For more details or to book now, go to the online booking tool.

Here’s the announcement from Qantas:

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now access reward seats, earn Qantas Points[1] and receive tier benefits across the entire Air France – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) network.

As part of the comprehensive new partnership between the airline groups, Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to fly to over 60 new destinations across Europe and Africa including Biarritz, France; Dresden, Germany; Calvi, Corsica, France; and Bristol, United Kingdom.

In 2018 Qantas established codeshare agreements with Air France and KLM allowing the customers of each airline to connect on flights between Australia and Europe via Singapore and Hong Kong. Customers also benefited from reciprocal lounge access and Qantas Points on Qantas coded flights.

Today’s announcement allows members to access reward seats and earn points on all fares across all Air France and KLM marketed flights globally. Frequent flyers with Gold status or higher will also be able to access tier benefits including priority boarding, priority check-in and extra baggage allowance on any Air France and KLM operated flights.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said Qantas Frequent Flyer was excited to welcome Air France and KLM to the program.

“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.

“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 agreement between Qantas Frequent Flyer, Air France and KLM Flying Blue means members will be able to earn points when they travel on eligible flights across each airline. Members will also be able to redeem Classic Flight Reward seats across Air France and KLM’s economy and business cabins.

To earn Qantas Points with Air France or KLM, members simply need to enter their Qantas Frequent Flyer number when booking their next flight. Members can redeem available reward seats when they log in and select to “use points” when searching for flights on the Qantas website.

[1] Qantas Points are earned on all eligible booking classes, except on Air France and KLM codeshare flights operated by an airline other than Air France, KLM or Qantas.

Here’s the announcement from Air France – KLM:

Loyalty Programmes Collaborate to Enhance Customer Value Proposition

After the resumption of codeshare cooperation in 2018, offering best-in-class solutions to fly between Europe and Australia via Singapore and Hong Kong, the Air France-KLM Group and Qantas Group have continued working on further cooperation opportunities for the benefit of their respective customers.

Starting 9 December 2019 members of Flying Blue, the loyalty programme used by the airlines of the Air France-KLM Group, can earn1 miles and XP (Experience Points) as well as spend miles on Qantas flights.

Flying Blue elite members will also have access to additional benefits such as priority airport services and additional checked baggage allowance when traveling on Qantas.

New Codeshare with Jetstar

By the end of December, both Air France and KLM plan to launch a codeshare cooperation with JetStar Airways and Jetstar Asia Airways, two airlines which are part of the Qantas Group portfolio, connecting respectively in Denpasar and Singapore, thus expanding customer travel options to Southeast Asia and Australia.

Air France and KLM customers will benefit from a seamless travel experience with single ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage.

Under this agreement, Air France and KLM customers will have access to a wider range of destinations in Southeast Asia. Connecting in Singapore from Amsterdam or Paris, Air France and KLM will place their code on 12 additional destinations2 operated by Jetstar Asia Airways: Da Nang (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Denpasar (Indonesia), Medan (Indonesia), Surabaya (Indonesia), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Kula Lumpur (Malaysia), Penang (Malaysia), Phuket (Thailand), Yangon (Myanmar), and Darwin (Australia).

During the winter 2019 season, KLM plans to implement codeshares with Jetstar Airways providing itineraries beyond its Denpasar flight to four destinations in Australia: Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney2.

Also expected during December 2019, Air France, KLM and Qantas will extend their codeshare to flights connecting in Bangkok, on top of the existing codeshare via Singapore and Hong Kong, and providing a third route to connect Amsterdam and Paris with Sydney.

Additionally, the two airline groups continue to explore opportunities like potential cooperation with airport lounges.

“We are very pleased to expand our collaborative partnership with Qantas,” said Benjamin Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM Group.  “By combining our powerful European brands, Air France and KLM, with the Qantas Group as a strong partner in Australia, we are able to offer more options to our customers travelling to Australia and to Southeast Asia, while reinforcing the value proposition of our loyalty programme.”

Conclusion

Interestingly, Flying Blue has partnerships with three Oneworld Airlines of Qantas, JAL, and Malaysia Airlines, while Qantas has teamed up with Emirates.

The partnership between Air France – KLM and Qantas would be more useful if systemwide lounge access had been extended for elite members who find themselves flying in economy. That is the main benefit of these alliances for the consumer beyond the ability to earn and burn miles.

This opens up more earning opportunities, both elite and redeemable miles, for Flying Blue members. It makes the program more worthwhile.

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