EMIRATES: Qantas confirms ability to redeem points for First Class Award bookings
Emirates is changing its policies by excluding some airline partners from redeeming points for Emirates First Class suites from 1 April 2021. We know Alaska Airlines is one of the partners excluded, but more important to Australian frequent flyers is what about Qantas?
The answer as reported by ET is confirmation from Qantas that their frequent flyer scheme is not excluded, and members will still be able to redeem points for First Class awards on Emirates post-March 2021.
Now of course a double confirmation – one from Emirates as well as Qantas would provide frequent flyers with more confidence, but apparently, Emirates is being a little reluctant to confirm either way.
Emirates offers First Class Suites on its A380’s which are mostly grounded at the moment, on some of its 777-300ER and on its new batch of 777-9’s scheduled for operation in 2022. Otherwise it will be the old mainly enclosed version for you!
Lets hope Qantas’s confirmation is correct, and that their long term relationship with Emirates dating back to 2013 is sustained.
Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.
I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.
Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.
I am yet to travel in Emirates First Class suites – either new or old – so I hope that redemptions will continue for Qantas frequent flyer members well beyond 2021. ( I have travelled in Emirates Business though).