Qantas, Australia’s largest domestic and international airline, carries passengers to more than 1,200 destinations around the world. A founding member of the Oneworld alliance, its main hub is located at Sydney Airport.
The third oldest airline in the world, Qantas provides international service from Australia and domestic service within Australia and New Zealand through its subsidiary budget airline Jetstar Airways.
Travelers can earn points in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program by flying Qantas, Jetstar, and a wide variety of travel and non-travel partners.
Continue reading to learn how to earn tons of Qantas Points with the more than 400 partners in the program, including a number of travel rewards credit cards.
Qantas Frequent Flyer Program
1. Enroll in Qantas Frequent Flyer
The first step to earning Qantas Frequent Flyer Points is to sign-up for the airline loyalty program. You’ll receive a membership number right away!
There is no fee to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program except in Australia and New Zealand, where the fee is AU$89.50 or NZ$50. Check the terms and conditions for more information about program fees.
2. Book Flights on Qantas or Jetstar
The total number of Qantas Points earned for a flight is based on distance traveled, cabin class, and membership level. However, with eligible economy flights on Qantas, you will earn 1 Qantas point per mile.
Are you flying Jetstar, a Qantas subsidiary budget airline? You’ll earn Qantas points when you purchase a fare bundle (Starter Plus, Starter Max, or Business Max) as well as eligible Jetstar New Zealand domestic fares.
Qantas posts the specific number of points earned for Qantas and Jetstar in a series of earnings tables on the website.
Here are Qantas Points earned for some classes on flights between Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney and both U.S./Canadian coasts:
|Destination||Discount Economy||Economy||Flexible Economy||Business||First|
|East Coast U.S./Canada||6,200 pts.||9,300 pts.||12,400 pts.||18,600 pts.||24,800 pts.|
|West Coast U.S./Canada||4,500 pts.||6,750 pts.||9,000 pts.||13,500 pts,||18,000 pts.|
3. Oneworld Alliance Flights
Earn Qantas Points when flying with all the Oneworld alliance partners. Check to see how each airline aligns with the Qantas Frequent Flyer program and how many Qantas Points you can earn for your itinerary here.
4. Other Domestic and International Partners
Also, earn Qantas Points for flights on domestic and international partner airlines. In most cases, Qantas Points will be earned in all eligible booking classes as long as codeshare flights are operated by Qantas.
Use the Points Calculator to find out how many Qantas Points your trip is worth.
5. Minimum Points Guarantee
The Minimum Points Guarantee means you’ll earn at least 1,000 Qantas Points for Qantas economy flights and 1,250 for business and first class flights.
6. Cabin Bonus Points
Fly premium economy with Qantas, Jetstar, and American Airlines (or World Traveller Plus with British Airways) to receive a cabin bonus of 10% more points. Earn a higher cabin bonus of 25% for flying business or first class with specific airlines.
7. Reach a Higher Membership Tier
The more you fly with Qantas and Jetstar, the closer you’ll be to reaching higher tiers (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Platinum One) in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
Achieving higher status means receiving perks such as prioritized requests for international upgrades, invitations to The Qantas Club, and extra free checked bags.
Qualifying for Elite Status
Here are the Status Credits needed to reach and retain each tier:
Find out how many Status Credits your trip is worth by checking out the Status Credit Earnings Tables.
Status Bonuses for Each Tier
Once you reach a tier, you’ll earn a bonus every time you fly Qantas: Silver (50%), Gold (75%), Platinum (100%), and Platinum One (100%).
Lifetime Recognition applies to those who reach 7,000 Status Credits at Silver and 14,000 Status Credits at Gold.
You’ll even earn a bonus of 25%-100% for flights on American Airlines depending on your status.
Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program enjoy complimentary Oneworld status (Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald) and equivalent benefits on Oneworld partner airlines.
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||Oneworld alliance|
While you won’t receive extra Qantas Points with Oneworld status, you will enjoy perks such as preferred boarding, preferred seating, and lounge access.
8. Platinum One Bonuses
As a Platinum One member in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, you can nominate another member for Platinum status.
Reach 5,000 Status Credits during the year on Qantas and Jetstar as a Platinum One member, and you will get a bonus of 75,000 Qantas points! Or reach 7,000 Status Credits for a bonus of 100,000 Qantas points!
9. Loyalty Bonus Points
Ready to hear about another bonus? For every 450 Status Credits earned, you will get a loyalty bonus. That’s another possible 5,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer Points!
Earn Qantas Points With Credit Cards
10. Qantas Co-Branded Credit Cards
Qantas has co-branded credit cards with all the major banks in Australia, but none in the U.S. Fortunately for U.S.-based Qantas members, it’s possible to earn Qantas Points with other credit card and hotel loyalty programs.
11. Citi ThankYou Rewards Credit Cards
Transfer Citi ThankYou Rewards points directly to Qantas at a 1:1 ratio. It takes about 2 days for the transaction to complete. Earn more ThankYou Points to transfer by using the following credit cards:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program||Citi ThankYou Preferred Card|
|Citi ThankYou Premier Card|
|Citi Prestige Card|
12. IHG Rewards Club Credit Card
The IHG Rewards Club includes more than 4,700 hotels where you can stay to earn points. Or earn IHG Rewards Points with the IHG credit card from Chase. Then, transfer your IHG Rewards Points to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account.
The transfer rate is 10,000 IHG Rewards Points to 2,000 Qantas Points.
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review|
|IHG Rewards Club Loyalty Program||Chase IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card|
13. Membership Rewards Credit Cards
This one might not seem obvious, but stay with us! You can utilize your Membership Rewards point to earn Qantas points since Membership Rewards transfers to Asia Miles, and Qantas is one of Asia Miles’ partners.
Simply transfer Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio to Asia Miles, then use those miles to book on Qantas. The following cards earn Membership Rewards points:
Earn Qantas Points Through Travel
13. Qantas Hotels and Airbnb
Search more than 188,000 hotels for your next trip at qantas.com/hotels. Qantas hotels are located around the world and include inexpensive lodges all the way up to deluxe accommodations. Earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent.
You can also book a stay using Airbnb to earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent.
14. Qantas Partner Hotels
These hotel loyalty programs allow you to earn Qantas Points directly. Most properties are included, but click on a link to find the specific participating hotels for that program.
|Hotel Loyalty Program||Earned Pts (AU)||Earned Pts (outside AU)||Hotel Loyalty Program||Earned Points|
|IHG Rewards Club||3 pts/$1||Up to 1,000 pts/stay||Hilton Honors||10 Honors pts plus 1 pt/$1|
|Hyatt Gold Passport||1,000 pts/stay*||600 pts/stay**||Marriott||Up to 2 pts/$1|
|Choice Privileges||3 pts/AU$1||600 pts/stay|
*Also in NZ
**Also outside NZ
Sign up for Le Club AccorHotels and points earned will automatically be converted to Qantas Points based on a 1:1 ratio.
15. Car Rental Partners
When you need a rental car (or “car hire” as they say in Australia), consider Qantas partners Avis and Budget. Car rentals with both agencies earn 700 Qantas Points outside Australia and 3 points per AU$1 within Australia.
Other Ways To Earn Qantas Points
16. International Shopping Partners
If you live in Australia, there are tons of international shopping partners that award Qantas Points for your purchases. For instance, shop the Qantas Online Mall in New Zealand and Australia, Woolworth’s Rewards, and much more!
17. Qantas Family Transfers
Are you close to an award flight but need a few extra Qantas Points? If an eligible family member has enough to cover it, they can transfer them to your account.
You’re allowed to make a transfer of 5,000-100,000 points once every 12 months.
18. Top-Up Points
Another option when you’re just shy of the required Qantas Points for an award is Top-up Points. The points must be for no more than 15% of a Classic Award or Qantas & Jetstar Any Seat Award.
Purchase Top-up Points in blocks of 500 up to 2 times in a 12-month period (per member).
19. Taxis in Australia
Whether you live in Australia or are just visiting, earn Qantas Points for taxi rides.
Earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on fares when you book through the GoCatch app.
Or book through ingogo and earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on taxi travel. You can even track your taxi from the app!
As you can see, although Qantas Frequent Flyer is primarily an Australian program, there are plenty of ways to earn points in the U.S. too!
Between transferring credit card points, booking flights on Qantas and its partner airlines, and making purchases from the more than 400 travel and non-travel partners, it’s easy to accumulate Qantas points.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning the best ways to earn Qantas points and are now ready to start implementing the strategies we’ve discussed!
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Table of Contents
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Program
- Earn Qantas Points With Credit Cards
- Earn Qantas Points Through Travel
- Other Ways To Earn Qantas Points