Frequent flyer program needed to access flight discounts

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

To access the new low-cost fares across regional Western Australia Qantas is insisting residents be part of their frequent flyer program.

The discounted fares scheme, which was announced last month, was created in response to concerns from residents in regional WA on the cost of airfare travel.

Eligible residents of Port Hedland, Newman, Paraburdoo, Karratha, Broome and Kalgoorlie will be able to access discounts of between 10 to 30 per cent between their local airport and Perth from November 14 for a 12 month trial.

The discount will apply to the Qantas-controlled component of return fares, which exclude airport charges, security fees and GST.

However, despite the insistence, Qantas will be waiving the regular $89.50 joining fee with residents having the ability to sign up for free.

Qantas Domestic chief executive Andrew David said the organisation has listened to residents in regional communities and understand the concerns on the cost of travel.

“Regardless of the reasons he know the higher relative costs can be frustrating for residents when they need to travel, especially at short notice,” he said.

“Providing a discount for residents helps to offset some of these forces that can push fares on some flights to levels that become unaffordable.”

Under the scheme, discounted fares will be available on all economy classes except for sale fares, on return flights only and limited to four return flights per year per resident.

Qantas is also in discussions with regional airports and councils about reducing airport charges which may enable further savings.

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