All posts tagged: oneworld

Qantas sets sight to resume Singapore services from mid-December

Qantas is ready to resume overseas flights in mid-December 2021 based on the pace of Australian’s vaccination rollout, but…. will it actually happen? In Qantas’ full year results announcement today, the Australian airline also outlined its plans for international services when Australia gradually reopen borders, which would be triggered when the Australian national vaccination rate surpasses its designated 80% threshold. The airline said that its plan remains dependent on Government decisions in the coming months, “including future quarantine requirements.” Qantas to first restart services to countries with high vaccination rates, including Singapore When Qantas’ international flights take to the skies again, they will not restart the entire network, but instead choose a small group of destinations with high vaccination rates. These destinations include US, UK and Singapore, among others. Key markets like the UK, North America and parts of Asia “have high and increasing levels of vaccination”, the airline says. “This makes them highly likely to be classed as low risk countries for vaccinated travellers to visit and return from under reduced quarantine requirements, pending …

Cathay Pacific to merge Asia Miles and Marco Polo Club in new programme to launch in 2022

No more confusing differences between the two programmes, hooray! In a seemingly fluffy email sent out by Cathay Pacific today, the airline announced a new lifestyle brand named ‘Cathay’. More importantly, Cathay Pacific’s somewhat confusing two loyalty programmes – Asia Miles & Marco Polo Club – will be merged into a single programme in the first half of 2022. What is Cathay? Cathay is touted as the airline’s new master brand, which it said “represents much more than airline travel”, and “seeks to become a premium travel lifestyle brand, consisting of a host of complementary categories – flights, hotels, shopping, dining, wellness, credit cards”. What this essentially means is that Cathay Pacific will now focus on non-flying businesses that traditionally complement travel, held together by a central currency of miles and points. In whole, this is considered an entire ‘travel lifestyle proposition‘. For a start, Cathay will only being rolled out to Hong Kong-based customers. Customers outside of Hong Kong will continue to see Cathay Pacific as the airline and master brand, as it will …

British Airways running 50% off award redemptions, but should you try?

50% of the usual Avios required across all classes for all trips above 2,000 miles, for travel up to 30 Jun 2021 British Airways is now running a promotion, offering 50% off the usual number of Avios required for redemptions across all cabin classes for all trips over 2,000 miles. This is a global offer running from now until 13 Oct 2020. British Airways ran a similar promotion around the same time last year, but only for economy and premium economy cabins. A much smaller discount of 10% was offered for business and first class redemptions. The offer As part of the airline’s Avios redemption sale, you will enjoy 50% off the usual Avios required for any award redemption across all classes: economy, premium economy, business and first class. Note that the offer is only valid for BA-operated flights, codeshare and oneworld services will retain their original number of Avios required for redemption. Bookings must be for journeys longer than 2,000 miles and travel must commence on or before 31 Jun 2021. Both one-way journeys and …

Qantas cancels all international services until end-October

The Australian carrier is also set to mothball all its A380s. Qantas has extended the suspension of all international flights until 24 Oct 2020, excluding services to New Zealand. Flights to New Zealand has also been provisionally cancelled until end of June, although New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has earlier said that September was a more “realistic” timeframe for Trans-Tasman travel to resume. An internal note sent to employees by Qantas International CEO, Tino La Spina, also said that most staff engaging with international operations will continued to stood down until then. The international cancellations has already been reflected on Qantas’ website. Qantas is currently also not operating any international repatriation services nor charter flights. All Qantas A380s grounded; half of fleet tipped to go into long-term storage Executive Traveller earlier this week reported that Qantas is expecting its entire flagship Airbus A380 fleet will be grounded for a while. The A380s typically serve high traffic, slots-constraint air corridors, including Sydney-London via Singapore, as well as Sydney-Los Angeles and Sydney-Dallas Fort Worth. Qantas has …