Aviation

Jetstar swoops in to reward Kiwis

Hannah Edensor

New Zealanders will now earn Qantas Points on every Jetstar domestic flight across the country.

This will include flights to four new regional destinations on sale from September, with Qantas Loyalty ceo Lesley Grant saying that expanding the opportunities to earn was expected to grow the membership of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program in NZ.

“New Zealand already has the biggest population of Qantas Frequent Flyer members outside Australia, so we want to expand the offering to these loyal customers as well as attract new ones,” Grant said.

“When you combine the ability to earn Qantas Points on Jetstar’s growing domestic footprint with the ability to redeem points across the entire Qantas and partner network, it makes our Frequent Flyer program excellent value for New Zealanders.

“In practical terms, it means flying to somewhere like Dunedin on Jetstar will earn you points to help you fly to the likes of Denmark with Qantas and our partner Emirates.”

Previously, Qantas Frequent Flyer members travelling on Jetstar New Zealand have earned Qantas Points only when adding Plus and Max bundles to their Starter fare to include extras such as food, baggage and ticket flexibility.

From today, all Jetstar domestic Starter fares within New Zealand will attract a minimum of 400 Qantas Points. Customers purchasing Plus bundles will earn a minimum of 800 Qantas Points, while those buying the Max bundle will receive a minimum of 1200 Qantas Points.

The Qantas Points offering on all domestic flights will be unique to Jetstar’s customers in New Zealand, with Qantas Points not being extended to other parts of the Jetstar network.

Jetstar Group ceo Jayne Hrdlicka said the airline, which has operated domestic services in New Zealand for six years, would continue to innovate for its customers and stir up competition in the market.

“Jetstar has a proven track record of offering New Zealanders the lowest fares, and lots of them,” Hrdlicka said.

“We play a unique role in New Zealand’s aviation market as the only real competition to the national carrier in the domestic market. This initiative will allow us to improve our offering to New Zealanders and to continue to provide genuine competition.

“Jetstar has tens of thousands of loyal New Zealand customers, many who are already Qantas Frequent Flyer members, and this improvement will see them rewarded when flying with us.”

“We expect this will be appealing to the growing number of business travellers who are choosing to fly regularly with Jetstar, particularly given our regional plans.”

New Zealanders purchasing the lowest fares will reach a domestic reward flight faster by flying with Jetstar domestically, versus flying with its key domestic competitor.

The expansion of Qantas Points to more Jetstar customers follows last week’s announcement that will see Jetstar flying to four new regional destinations from December 2015.

NZ residents can join Qantas Frequent Flyer for free at www.qantas.co.nz, with the usual NZ$50 join fee waived until December 31 2015.

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