Plenty of Americans join Qantas’ frequent flyer program because it provides access to its Oneworld award search tool, the best place to check for near-comprehensive award availability on Oneworld partners. But for those who actually credit miles to the program, they’ve announced a couple of changes that will benefit its members. Those flying in Premium Economy will get their mileage bonus increased from 10% to 25%. Business class flyers will go from 25% to 50% bonus and those in first class will now get a 100% mileage bonus, instead of 50%.
Silver status members will get a bonus of 50%, up from 25%, while Gold members will get a bonus of 75%, up from 50%.
They will also allow you to purchase mileage earning when flying lowfare subsidiary Jetstar.
On the negative side, while Qantas allows you to use points to pay for taxes, fuel surcharges and fees on award tickets (cool, right?), they’re increasing the number of points necessary on intra-Australia and intra-New Zealand tickets by 50%.