Soon jetsetters will be able to use their frequent Qantas flight points for ready-made African safaris, Japanese ski trips and exploring Antarctica when the national carrier joins the active leisure sector.
On Tuesday, Qantas announced it had acquired a controlling stake in Australian travel business TripADeal and would allow frequent flyers to use their points to access a host of new holiday packages.
Customers will receive three points for every $ 1 they spend on TripADeal, and can also use “points plus payment” to book.
“This is a great opportunity at the perfect time. Coming out of the pandemic, people want the holiday to be special, but also tried and tested, and there is a big shift to booking online, ”Qantas boss Alan Joyce said on Tuesday.
“That’s what TripADeal does. It’s an Australian success story built on providing ready-made holidays at very drastic prices, and the level of their regular customers shows how well they do it. ”
The airline and the tourism industry have been hit hard over the past couple of years after the border closure stopped planes and cut revenues.
But the sector is firmly on the path to recovery after restoring borders, raising vaccination levels and removing other Covid-19 restrictions.
Qantas said its majority stake in TripADeal will expand the loyalty program and help gain access to the $ 13 billion holiday package booking market.
The airline’s loyalty business now has 14 million members, and redemption points for travel have doubled compared to Covid after Qantas Holidays, Qantas Hotels and Jetstar Holidays reduced the number of points required to book by at least 30 percent.
All ready-made vacations on TripADeal can now be booked with Qantas Points, no matter which airline is included in the package.
Recreation facilities available for booking include:
- A 10-day tour of Japan including Qantas flights, accommodation in Tokyo, Osaka and Gifu, and a tour of Mount Fuji. Packages from 140,000 points + $ 1,399 per person, double the share.
- A 9-day package to explore India’s famous Golden Triangle – Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, including Qantas flights, a visit to the Taj Mahal and Chandni Chowk Market. Packages from 125,000 points + $ 1,249 per person, double the share.
- A 17-day tour of Alaska, Yellowstone and the Rockies, including Qantas flights, a 7-night Glacieer Experience cruise and a visit to Yellowstone National Park, Vancouver and the Great Falls of Montana. Packages from 250,000 points + $ 2,499 per person, double the share.