This move expands on a codeshare agreement signed between the two airlines in 2014.
Qantas loyalty members can now book Classic Flight Reward seats to more than 20 destinations across Thailand and Southeast Asia, thanks to a newly launched partnership with Bangkok Airways. The latter has just joined Qantas Frequent Flyer’s more than 45 partner airlines, which allow customers to use their points to travel to more than 1,200 destinations around the world. Australia-based travelers will be able to access Bangkok Airways flights via Bangkok, Phuket, and Singapore; the Qantas Group operates more than 50 return flights each week between these destinations and Australia.
Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said in a statement, “The option to book reward seats on Bangkok Airways’ expansive network across Thailand and Southeast Asia will open up thousands of new redemption opportunities. Reward seats continue to be great value and there are millions available for booking now across domestic and international routes for the next year on Qantas, Jetstar, and our partner airlines.”
The Bangkok Airways partnership comes in the wake of initiatives from Qantas Frequent Flyer to expand members’ opportunities to use their points on flights, including 100,000 Classic Flight Reward seats between Australia and Japan, and the extension of 50 percent more reward seats until June 2023. Qantas Frequent Flyers can also use their points on hotel stays across Thailand through Qantas Hotels.
From its hub at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Airways flies to popular domestic destinations within Thailand including Koh Samui and Chiang Mai, in addition to international destinations like Siem Reap and Singapore. Classic Flight Reward seats aboard Bangkok Airways are worth 10,000 Qantas Points for a one-way ticket from Bangkok to Krabi, and members will pay just THB 100 (roughly US$2.60) for taxes, fees, and carrier charges. Fares from Bangkok to Siem Reap can also be redeemed with 10,000 points, though charges for international flights are significantly higher at THB 750 (US$20). Only 14,000 Qantas Points are needed to book a seat from Singapore to Koh Samui.