Qantas tops non-ticket sales

Qantas Club lounge fees, hotel bookings, frequent flyer programs boost earnings.

Qantas Airways (QAN) mines more non-ticket revenue per passenger than any other airline globally, The Australian Financial Review reports.

According to the newspaper, American customer research firm IdeaWorks Company said the airline reported ancillary revenue of $US56.21 ($60.41) per passenger in 2012, with the fifth-largest total ancillary revenue of $US1.58 billion ($1.7 billion). 

The research attributed the results to to Qantas Club lounge fees, hotel bookings through its website and the sale of frequent flyer points to program partners including Woolworths, the AFR reports.

Last month Qantas swung to a full-year profit of $6 million.