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Qantas’ new frequent flyer partnership: Air France and KLM

Posted: 9 December 2019 11:42 am

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Frequent flyers can now earn points and redeem flights to 60 new destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Qantas today announced a new partnership with Air France and KLM which allows frequent flyers to earn points and access rewards seats across the entire Air France / KLM network.

Qantas frequent flyers with Gold status or above will also get access to priority boarding, increased baggage allowances and priority check-in on Air France and KLM-operated flights.

The partnership adds over 60 new destinations where flyers can now earn and redeem Qantas Points.
Here's the full list of all the new destinations available under the agreement:

Qantas Points can be earned on all Air France and KLM-marketed flights. However, codeshare flights not operated by either Air France or KLM are excluded from the agreement.

The partnership also means Australia-based travellers can use Qantas Points for some interesting routes from Asia to Europe.

Examples include Air France routes from Singapore, Noumea, Bangkok, Maldives, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi); and KLM routes from Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, India (Mumbai and Delhi) and Bali.

The new partnership also adds additional options for using Qantas Points to fly to and from African destinations, including Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Algeria and Morocco.

Air France and KLM are not part of the oneworld alliance, so much like Qantas' partnership with Emirates, this won't help those trying to book oneworld round-the-world trips with Qantas Points.

Qantas points can be redeemed for economy and business class seats across the Air France and KLM networks. This notably omits Air France's first class La Premiere product, which can only be redeemed with points through Air France/KLM's own Flying Blue frequent flyer program.

We checked the Qantas website shortly after the announcement and could see some KLM flights already but weren't yet able to see Air France flights. We expect this to change shortly as Qantas makes the required changes in its system.

Qantas previously had a codeshare-only deal with Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines which began in 2018.

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