Qantas removing Minimum Points Guarantee on American Airlines

They may be best buddies, however Qantas and American Airlines are removing their respective Minimum Points Guarantee when flying on the other airlines services.

For Qantas, the minimum points guarantee will be removed when flying American Airlines as from 1 September, 2016. From that time,  Qantas Points and Status Credits will be earned per segment based on the standard tables, without a points uplift on short flights, Note that if you are flying on an American Airlines flight under a QF flight number, you will be eligible for the Qantas minimum points guarantee.

Given the way the earn tables are structured, there changes tend to effect passengers on the cheaper tickets on short haul flights.


For Qantas, the announcement can be found on the Airlines Earning page

American Airlines®

Effective for travel on and from 1 September 2016, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will no longer earn a Minimum Points Guarantee when flying on American Airlines flights with an AA flight number.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Category  Minimum Points Guarantee
(for travel until 31 August 2016)
All 500 points

The change will have impacts on the short haul intra USA flights. Some of these have a points earn as little as 100 points. The following chart shows these sectors:


American Airlines

American Airlines are also removing the minimum points earn when flying on Qantas services. This particular change kicks in earlier, becoming effective on 1 August, 2016.

Again, this is particularly felt on the shorter sectors in discount economy fares.

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