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December 8, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Qantas will reportedly end its customary inflight duty-free program at the end of this year and, in a separate initiative, will promote a new low-fee credit card: Qantas Premier Everyday Mastercard.

TRBusiness, which reports on duty free and travel retail business, says Qantas has decided to terminate duty free in the sky at the end of this month.

“The onboard and pre-order ‘In Sky Shopping program’ is currently managed by Alpha Flight Services and Alpha Flight Services Manager Duty Free Lenelle Williams confirmed the news to TRBusiness,” the publication reported.

The move makes sense, with duty free outlets allowing shopping on arrival at many airports, and even online ordering.

Qantas is reported to be “taking the opportunity to realign their retail channels in response to changes in customer demand and retail-buying patterns”.

In-flight shopping includes jewellery and fashion accessories, watches, fragrances and beauty items, electronics and travel accessories, Qantas items, wines and spirits and a pre-order showcase.

MEANWHILE Qantas has launched its second credit card – Qantas Premier Everyday Mastercard.

With an annual card fee of AUD 49, Qantas Premier Everyday, issued by Citi, is targeted at Qantas Frequent Flyer members who want a high Qantas Points earn rate on a low fee card.

The card fee may persuade many people to switch.

Holders of Qantas Frequent Flyer ANZ Visa Gold Cards not long ago found their cards had been changed to Platinum, along with an annual fee of AUD 140 and a “reward program fee” of AUD 55.

With the new Qantas Premier Everyday Mastercard, cardholders will receive benefits such as complimentary travel insurance and access to a travel concierge service.

Key earn features include:

  • 20,000 bonus Qantas Points when you sign up before 29 April and spend AUD 3000 within 90 days of card approval – which is enough for a one way Economy Classic Flight Reward from Sydney to Queenstown.
  • Up to 1.75 Qantas Points per AUD 1 spent on Qantas flights, Qantas Club membership and purchases through the Qantas Store.
  • 1 Qantas Point per AUD 1 spent on eligible purchases overseas.
  • 0.75 Qantas Points per AUD1 spent on eligible purchases in Australia up to AUD 3000 each billing month, and 0.4 points thereafter
  • Uncapped points earning potential.

Cardholders can also use the Qantas Money app to help manage their finances. As well as tracking their spending habits, cardholders can categorise their purchases and connect their accounts with other financial institutions so they can see them all in one place within the app.

Qantas loyalty and digital ventures chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka said Qantas Premier Everyday comes six months after the launch of its Premier Platinum credit card, which has already rewarded Frequent Flyer members with more than one billion Qantas Points.

“Qantas Premier Everyday offers members looking for a low fee credit card a new opportunity to be rewarded and we expect it to be popular particularly among younger travellers wanting a more affordable credit card option that still has key features,” Hrdlicka said.

“Millennials are our fastest growing member segment and we know they love to travel. Qantas Premier Everyday has a low annual fee, but offers the highest Qantas Points earn rate for a low fee Mastercard, meaning it’s easier for members to build their points balance faster and use them towards travel rewards like flights, hotel stays and car hire. And with complimentary travel insurance included, which is rare for a low fee card, they can save even more on their trip.”

In addition to the points earn and travel benefits, Qantas Premier Everyday will offer zero per cent balance transfers for 15 months. Cardholders can also join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free if they’re not already members.

Users of the Qantas Money app can also activate weekly bonus Qantas Point offers from a range of retailers which they can use instore and online.

Qantas Premier Everyday will sit alongside the Qantas Premier Platinum card, which has a higher points earn rate and offers access to travel discounts and lounge invitations for an annual fee of AUD 149 for the first year and AUD 299 for each subsequent year.

Written by Peter Needham

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