Qantas and GoCatch Partner for a New Frequent Flyer Deal
10th Aug 2016
GoCatch, the biggest rival to Uber and the Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways have penned a new deal, allowing GoCatch passengers using its ride-sharing service in Sydney to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points.
The two companies have been partners since October, 2015, allowing GoCatch customers to earn Frequent Flyer Points with Qantas using GoCatch's taxi hailing app.
For every Australian dollar spent with GoCatch, a customer can get one Qantas Point to use.
Speaking about the extended partnership with GoCatch, Qantas Loyalty chief Lesley Grant said:
"Ride-sharing is becoming increasingly popular in Australia and with over 11 million members, Qantas Frequent Flyers are no doubt contributing to the growth of this industry. It's important for us to respond to this trend and use it as an opportunity to offer our members another way to earn Qantas points."
At the moment, GoCatch ride-sharing platform is available only in Sydney, but residents of other major Australian cities like Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra could soon be able to avail the service as it gets legalized there.
Qantas Wants Longest World Flight Title Back
The Flying Kangaroo is also looking to regain the title of the Longest World Flight by introducing an 8,891 mile non-stop service between London and Perth.
The airline will reportedly service the route using Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the first batch of which it will receive in 2017. Apart from Perth-London, Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO revealed in Brisbane last week that the carrier is aiming to introduce some more long-haul flights to its schedule.
According to Joyce, Qantas is considering Sydney-Chicago, Melbourne-Dallas and Brisbane to other US cities.
Qantas held the title for the "World's Longest Flight" with a 16h 50m flight from Sydney to Dallas Forth Worth until March this year. That title is now claimed by Emirates, which flies a 17h 15m flight between Auckland and Dubai.
Other airlines are not going to make it easy for Qantas to get back the "World's Longest Flight" title back. Emirates is already planning a long-haul flight from Dubai to Panama City, while Qatar Airways is looking to start a direct route between Dubai and Santiago in Chile. Finally, Singapore Airlines is considering a 19-hour service between Singapore and NYC from 2017.