Qantas cuts American Airlines minimum points guarantee

Sally McMullen 3 August 2016


Qantas Frequent Flyers will no longer earn a minimum 500 points for any flight with American Airlines.

Qantas has announced that Qantas Frequent Flyers will no longer be rewarded with a guaranteed rate of 500 Qantas Points for any flight with its partner American Airlines. Currently, even the shortest flights can earn a baseline of 500 Qantas Points.

As of 1 September 2016, though, the number of points you can earn on shorter routes, including flights that last less than 90 minutes, will fall by up to 80%.

Unless the American Airline flight is booked under a Qantas QF flight number, which usually happens if it's a connecting service for a trip that began with a Qantas flight to the US, you'll no longer earn the base rate of 500 Qantas Points. Frequent flyers with flexible economy tickets for some of the shorter flight routes with American Airlines will earn 250 Qantas Points. Meanwhile, some travellers on mid-range economy fares will collect as little as 125 Qantas Points for their flight.


The airline has also announced that from September, Qantas Frequent Flyers will no longer earn Qantas Points for Flexible Economy seats booked in B class, which is American Airlines' second-most expensive economy fare.

Luckily for Qantas Frequent Flyers who have moved up the status credit tier, status bonus points have remained. Silver-grade Qantas Frequent Flyers will get a bonus of 25%, Gold flyers an additional 75% and Platinum or Platinum One card picking up an extra 100% more points for bookings under AA flight numbers. Passengers in American Airlines' domestic first class will continue to earn 500 Qantas Points.

This news comes shortly after American Airlines' cutting the minimum points guarantee from its own AAdvantage frequent flyer program. It's also just under a month until the credit card surcharge ban comes into place on 1 September 2016, which could see the Qantas Frequent Flyer program cut back rewards even further to make up for losses from lower credit card booking fees.

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