Qantas Introduces Parental Leave Pause for Frequent Flyer club Members

12th Apr 2016

New parents who are also silver, gold or platinum members of Qantas Frequent Flyer club just received some welcome news from the Australian airline. Those that take a six month leave or longer to raise their children and have a silver, gold or platinum membership card will no longer lose their frequent flyer status for up to 18 months.

In addition, the application for the program is for those parents and families that are expecting a baby in the next three months, or have a baby for up to six months. The offer is also extended to members who are expecting an adopted or foster child. Before applying, parents will have to produce documentation proving they have a kid and are on leave (letter from their employer will do) in the form of a birth certificate, adoption registration or foster registration.

Qantas also lifted the restriction on how much Qantas Points can one family member transfer to another from 400,000 to 600,000.

Lesley Grant, Qantas Loyalty chief executive officer said the airline listened to its customers when they told it that they want more flexibility with their frequent flyer membership, especially at times when they are raising kids and can't fly.

Ms Grant said:

"The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is about rewarding loyalty and someone's silver, gold or platinum status is a symbol of the loyalty they've shown Qantas over the years so we really want to recognised that. Status hold is designed to suit their evolving lifestyle and family needs.

As for the extra benefits they'll be getting, Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme offers its members lounge access, preferred seating options as well as bonus Qantas Points offers.

Another Australian carrier, Virgin Australia, also has a membership pause for its members that are expecting a new addition and it's also for a period of six months. After they pause, Velocity members can continue their silver, gold or platinum memberships for 12 more months. VA also allows both parents to be on pause for the same child at the same time.