Qantas has expanded its loyalty points options with codeshare partner China Airlines, allowing frequent flyers to book flights across the Taiwanese carrier’s entire network.
Qantas Frequent Flyers were previously restricted to using points on flights to Taipei only when booking with China Airlines. They will now be able to use their points on flights to 23 countries, including a total of 75 destinations such as Da Nang, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City and Amsterdam.
“Our network of more than 45 partner airlines means frequent flyers can use their Qantas Points to travel to more than 1,200 destinations around the world, and this expanded partnership means they have more options than ever,” said Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth.
“We receive great feedback from our members who have travelled to Taipei with China Airlines, and we know that having access to their full and expansive network will be welcome news.”
Qantas last month released tens of thousands of new international reward seats, extending its commitment to increase reward seat availability across its flights by 50 per cent by another six months, to 31 December 2023.
“Our frequent flyers have been using their points to book reward seats in record numbers, and demand for seats on international flights is particularly strong,” said Wirth.
“There are more than 5 million reward seats available for booking across the Qantas and Jetstar international and domestic networks over the next year.”
Airlines are spinning codeshare flights back up following a COVID pause, with Virgin Australia in November resuming its full codeshare partnership with Singapore Airlines following its suspension of all international flights in March 2020.
Virgin had already brought back redemption bookings and mileage/points conversion for Singapore’s KrisFlyer and its own Velocity frequent flyer programs earlier last year.
Codeshares are a more formal tie-up than interline service agreements and allow customers to connect using a single bag drop and booking, as well as share loyalty perks.