Qantas and Canadian airline Westjet have announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement, expanding on their existing code share ralationship. Under the new agreement, members of the Qantas frequent flyer program will be able to earn Qantas Points while travelling on Westjet flights. Likewise, member of the Westjet program will be able to earn WestJet dollars when travelling on Qantas flights.
In addition to the ability to earn points on each airlines, Qantas has further announced that from May 25, 2016 Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to redeem Qantas Points on Qantas code-share flights operated by WestJet. At present, Qantas places its flight number on to about 20 such flights.
This new agreement opens up more option for Qantas Frequent Flyers, giveing redemption access to numerous Westjet destinations throughout Canada and the USA when connecting to or from a Qantas international service.
In addition, the two airlines are currently working on plans to introduce fully reciprocal redemption for both airlines in 2017, which will enable the members of the two programs to redeem on the services of the other airline.
Qantas Earning on Westjet flights
Qantas has updated its earning tables to reflect the addition of Westjet as an earning partner. The table is shown below:
Note, however, that while the agreement extends to poinst earning, their is no Status Credits on offer when travelling on the WS flight number. If you are after the Status Credits, you will still need to ensure that you are on the QF codeshare flight. This will, however, generally require you to be on a connecting Qantas flight, as you generally can’t buy a standalone Qantas flight in North America.