Qantas Frequent Flyer – The worst FF program in the world?

Is the Qantas Frequent Flyer program the worst frequent flyer program in the world? Perhaps not however it leaves a lot to be desired.

Key Facts

  • The Qantas Frequent Flyer program as we know it was originally created in in 1987
  • Over 6 millions members
  • More profitable than Qantas the airline itself
  • Member of the huge OneWorld airline alliance
  • Over 1 million Australians have a credit card that directly earns QFF points

Positive’s of the QFF Program

  • Oneworld Alliance – Allows you to earn/burn your points across a wide range of carriers, including Americn Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific
  • Convenient flight schedules to North America – The quickest way to get there is a on a direct Melbourne/Sydney > Los Angeles flight.
  • Quality and consistent service from the Qantas cabin crew
  • Easy to earn points towards redemptions within Australia with many earning partners

Negatives of the QFF Program

  • Not a free membership, no airline should charge a membership fee to join their program in my opinion
  • Minimal availability of seats bookable on points trans-pacific
  • Very-high fuel surcharges comparable to many others carriers
  • Limited route network on their own aircraft e.g Melbourne/Sydney – London is the only option into Europe
  • Many members who are looking for flights thus reducing the amount of available seats

Example of little to no availability.

  1. Searching for 1 First class seat – Melbourne to London – 270+ days from search

As you can see there is availability showing on the online calendar however when you proceed to the next step:

You will notice no available seats on any Qantas aircraft, not even in business class on this particular day.

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