WestJet and Qantas have announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement where members of the airlines’ frequent flyer programs can earn their choice of WestJet dollars or Qantas Points when travelling on flights of either airline.
Effective May 25, 2016 Qantas Frequent Flyers can also redeem Qantas Points on Qantas code-share flights operated by WestJet, giving Qantas Frequent Flyers access to WestJet destinations in Canada and the USA when connecting to or from a Qantas international service.
This agreement expands on the existing code-share relationship between Qantas and WestJet announced in 2014. WestJet and Qantas are currently working on plans to introduce fully reciprocal redemption for both airlines in 2017.
Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice president, commercial, said: “We are confident that our members are going to love earning WestJet dollars while flying on the Qantas global network, and we are equally excited to welcome Qantas frequent flyers aboard and offer them a new opportunity to earn Qantas Points everywhere WestJet flies.
“Our research showed that global travel is a significant aspirational attribute that our program needs. We have come a long way with our rewards program and airline partnerships since launching in 2010. Adding these capabilities to our rewards program and working with our airline partners are all part of our long-term strategic plan.”
Lesley Grant, Qantas Loyalty CEO, added: “Not surprisingly, travel is the number one interest of Qantas Frequent Flyers so we know our members will be excited about being able to earn and use their points when travelling with WestJet.
“Qantas Frequent Flyer has more than 50 airline partners and affiliates, which gives our members access to over 1,200 destinations and this partnership with WestJet opens up even more new routes for them to fly while earning and using their Qantas Points.”