19 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Qantas Frequent Flyer Points [2017]

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

Qantas Frequent Flyer Program
Earn Qantas Points with travel and non-travel program partners. It just takes a minute to enroll!

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:

DestinationDiscount EconomyEconomyFlexible EconomyBusinessFirst
East Coast U.S./Canada6,200 pts.9,300 pts.12,400 pts.18,600 pts.24,800 pts.
West Coast U.S./Canada4,500 pts.6,750 pts.9,000 pts.13,500 pts,18,000 pts.

3. Oneworld Alliance Flights

Qantas Frequent Flyer oneworld Alliance
Earn Qantas Points when you fly with any of the Oneworld alliance airlines!

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

Qantas Frequent Flyer Airline Partners
Qantas has a wide variety of domestic and international partner airlines.

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.

In fact, the program doesn’t just apply to Qantas flights; it also includes flights on Jetstar Airlines, British Airways, and American Airlines (some with lower points totals).

Qantas Frequent Flyer Minimum Points Guarantee
The Minimum Points Guarantee means you will earn at least 1,000 Qantas Points for flights on Qantas and Jetstar Airlines.

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

qantas frequent flyer elite status levels
There are 5 status levels in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. Achieve status to receive special perks!

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:

Qantas Frequent Flyer Status
Become a Silver member with just 350 Status Credits, or keep earning to reach 1,400 Status Credits and become a Platinum member.

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.

Oneworld 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 FlyerOneworld alliance
SilverRuby
GoldSapphire
Platinum/Platinum OneEmerald

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.

In addition, you will earn double Qantas Points at participating Qantas restaurants.

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

The loyalty bonus is just one way to earn extra Qantas Points. Get 5,000 points when you accrue 450 Status Credits.

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:

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Citi Prestige® Card
  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year
  • Annual Fee: $450
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Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card
  • 2 ThankYou® Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Card Review
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • 3 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on Travel, including Gas
  • Annual Fee: $95 (Fee waived for the first 12 months)
  • Card Review

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.

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IHG Rewards Club Loyalty ProgramChase 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:

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
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Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points.
  • 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
  • Full Review
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 2x points at US supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x). Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Full Review

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
  • Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • 50% more points on business purchases of $5,000 or more and 35% Airline Bonus.
  • Annual Fee: $450
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The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories.
  • Plus, 2X points on the 4 remaining categories and 1X points on other purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
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The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
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Earn Qantas Points Through Travel

13. Qantas Hotels and Airbnb

Qantas Frequent Flyer Hotels Airbnb
Stay at a Qantas hotel and earn 3 pts/$1 spent, or book a place with Airbnb for 1 pt/$1 spent.

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 ProgramEarned Pts (AU)Earned Pts (outside AU)Hotel Loyalty ProgramEarned Points
IHG Rewards Club3 pts/$1Up to 1,000 pts/stayHilton Honors10 Honors pts plus 1 pt/$1
Hyatt Gold Passport1,000 pts/stay*600 pts/stay**MarriottUp to 2 pts/$1
Choice Privileges3 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

Qantas Frequent Flyer Car Rental
Avis and Budget are partners in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, offering Qantas Points for each rental.

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

Qantas Frequent Flyer Top-up Points
Purchase Top-up points when you’re just shy of the points necessary for a reward!

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!

Other options are Qantas Drive for a personal chauffeur to the airport or Qantas Valet Parking for 3 points per $1.

Conclusion

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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FAQ

What is the Qantas Frequent Flyer program?
Qantas Frequent Flyer is the airline loyalty program of Qantas Airways, the largest airline in Australia.

How does the Qantas Frequent Flyer program work?
Qantas Frequent Flyer members earn Qantas Points for flying on Qantas, its subsidiary airline Jetstar, Oneworld alliance partners, and other domestic and international airline partners.

You can also earn points for hotel stays, car rentals, shopping, and more.

Points can be redeemed for award travel and other options. Earn more points by achieving elite status as you build up Status Credits.

How do I earn Qantas Status Credits?
In addition to earning Qantas Points for flights on Qantas and its partner airlines, you also earn Status Credits.

Which airlines are in the Oneworld alliance?
Members of the Oneworld alliance include: Air Berlin, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, and Qantas.

What other airlines partner with Qantas?
Other domestic airline partners include: QantasLink, Jetstar, Aeropelican, Air North, and Brindabella Airlines.

International airline partners include: Jetstar, Aer Lingus, Air Niugini, Air Pacific, Alaska Airlines, Air Vanuatu, Alitalia, Dragonair, Jet Airways, SAS, South African Airways, and EL AL.

Which credit cards will earn miles in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program?
There are co-branded credit cards from every major Australian bank.

In the U.S., you can transfer Membership Rewards points earned with credit cards such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, and The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express.

How can I contact the Qantas Flying Club?
In the U.S., call Qantas at 1(800) 227-4220.