Changes in Frequent Flyer Programs for Thai Airways, United Airlines and Qantas

Travel News 01 Jun 2014

There will be changes to Frequent Flyer Programs to the following airlines, Qantas, Thai Airways, and United Airlines:



For travel on or from 1st July 2014, Qantas will change the way you earn Qantas Points and Status credits^ on Qantas and Jetstar to more closely align the number of Qantas Points and Status credits earn with your ticket price and the route travelled instead on the mileage system. 

Flyers will earn more Qantas Points on most Qantas fares in Flexible Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First. However, lower fares in Discount Economy and, in some cases Economy, will continue to earn points but at a reduced rate to other Economy options.

Qantas also introduced more Frequent Flyer earn categories for travel in Economy, Premium Economy and Business. This means travellers will earn more Qantas Points and Status credits than usual on many of the more flexible fares. Some booking classes have been moved into higher earn categories to more fairly recognise higher fares.

Find out how the new Frequent Flyer categories align with Qantas and Jetstar Airlines domestic and international booking classes here

Thai Airways

New mileage requirements for Award travel on THAI take effect for all Award bookings from 1st September 2014 onwards.

For Award bookings and ticketing made up to 31st August 2014, and for travel up to 1 year after this date, please refer to current THAI Air Award Charts.

New Award Charts have been simplified, displaying miles for one-way travel. For roundtrip travel simply double the miles required.

If Award travel is multi-sector, for example London-Bangkok-Taipei, please consult the THAI mileage table to calculate the total distance in miles to determine the relevant Award Zone.

For more information please read here.


United Airlines

United Airlines announced on 10th June 2014 that the company will make changes to its MileagePlus program in 2015. Members will earn award miles based on their ticket price rather than distance flown.

Beginning 1st March 2015, members will earn award miles based on the price of their ticket – specifically the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges – and their MileagePlus status. Members will earn five miles for every dollar spent, while those with MileagePlus Premier status will earn the following on their base fare and carrier surcharges.

Read more about the new point system here