South East Asia boost: Qantas’ new Bangkok Airways deal is a win for Frequent Flyers

by James Wilkinson

Qantas is making travel across Thailand and South East Asia easier than before thanks to an expanded partnership with Bangkok Airways that allows Frequent Flyers to book Classic Flight Reward seats to more than 20 destinations across the region.

Qantas Loyalty CEO, Olivia Wirth, said Bangkok Airways joins Qantas Frequent Flyer’s more than 45 existing partner airlines, which allow members to use their points to travel to more than 1,200 destinations around the world.

She said travellers can access Bangkok Airways flights from Australia via Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore and the Qantas Group operates more than 50 return flights each week between these cities and Australia.

“We want our members to be able to use their Qantas Points on reward seats to as many destinations as possible and our portfolio of partner airlines means they can choose from hundreds of locations across the globe,” she said.

“Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for our frequent flyers and this partnership will make it easier for them to explore more of the region using their points.

“The option to book reward seats on Bangkok Airways’ expansive network across Thailand and South East Asia will also open up thousands of new redemption opportunities.

“Reward seats continue to be great value and there are millions available for booking now across domestic and international routes for the next year on Qantas, Jetstar and our partner airlines.”

Bangkok Airways is a full-service carrier, with regular flights each day out of its hub in Bangkok to some of Asia’s most popular destinations, including Koh Samui and Chiang Mai in Thailand and Siem Reap in Cambodia.

The partnership expands on a codeshare agreement that was introduced in 2014 allowing Qantas customers to book commercial seats on Bangkok Airways flights.