Qantas partners with Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions

Classic Rewards Seats offered on the ground for the first time.

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now earn and use points on premium train trips around Australia including The Ghan, Indian Pacific and the Great Southern.

Members can now use accumulated points to book Classic Rail Reward seats, or earn 1 point per $1 spent on Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions journeys

The new partnership between Qantas and Journey Beyond marks the first time Classic Reward seats have been offered on the ground.

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Qantas cabin crew with Journey Beyond service attendants

Qantas Loyalty CEO, Olivia Wirth, said at a time when Australians are planning domestic holidays more than ever before, the partnership with Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions provides even more choice for Frequent Flyers to use their Qantas Points.

“Ninety per cent of our members want to use their points for travel, so the ability to explore the country by rail is an exciting alternative for Frequent Flyers, and a real drawcard for our program,” Wirth said.

“Whether members are redeeming points on flights, hotel bookings, holiday packages or now rail travel, we’re always evolving and innovating to meet the needs of our 13 million members and help bring them closer to their next dream trip.”

Journey Beyond Chief Executive Officer, Chris Tallent, said the arrangement reflected a coming together of two great Australian brands.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Qantas Frequent Flyer and provide people who love to travel with greater value when they choose a premium rail holiday experience,” Tallent said.

Olivia Wirth, CEO Qantas Loyalty with Chris Tallent, CEO Journey Beyond

“Like Qantas, Journey Beyond is in the business of taking people to incredible places across the country and curating unique experiences that forge lasting memories.

“As the first travel partner to offer Classic Reward seats outside of flights, with the launch of our ‘Classic Rail’ Rewards, we look forward to growing our partnership with Qantas and sharing the joy of travel with our guests.”

Bookings are now available for rail travel next year with the Great Southern’s second season being extended by two weeks into February, and the once-a-week Ghan service becoming a twice-weekly service from May to August. Work is currently underway to see the Indian Pacific return with its weekly journeys from mid-February.

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on all Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, or use points to book twin and single Gold Cabins on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Great Southern, starting from 100,000 Qantas Points.

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