Frequent Flyer Elite Status
The Qantas Frequent Flyer program has 4 elite tiers: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Platinum One.
Silver: The base elite tier comes with the following benefits:
- 50% bonus points on eligible Qantas and Jetstar flights; 25% bonus on American Airlines flights
- Seating privileges
- Complimentary lounge invitation
- Status Hold for up to 18 months for members on parental leave
- Access to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats
- International priority check-in (where available)
- Extra checked baggage allowance
- Oneworld Ruby status when flying on Oneworld flights
- Additional benefits when flying on Emirates
Gold: One of 2 middle elite tiers, which offers the following perks:
- All of the benefits of Silver plus;
- 75% bonus points on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, and American Airlines flights
- International priority boarding
- Access to Qantas Clubs, Qantas International Business lounges, and Oneworld lounges plus 1 guest
- Oneworld Sapphire status when flying on Oneworld flights
- Additional benefits when flying on Emirates, China Eastern, Alaska Airlines, EL AL, Air New Zealand, Air France, KLM
Platinum: The second of 2 middle elite tiers that provide members with the following benefits:
- All of the benefits of Gold plus;
- 100% bonus points on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, and American Airlines flights
- Priority international upgrades
- Access to Qantas First Class lounges plus 1 guest
- Oneworld Emerald status when flying on Oneworld flights
- Confirmed international upgrades from 2 days prior to departure to departure
- Choice of Platinum Bonus Reward at 2,400 Status Credits
Platinum One: The highest elite tier offered by Qantas comes with these perks:
- All of the benefits of Platinum plus;
- Complimentary Platinum membership for a family member or friend
- Highest upgrade priority
- Access to a dedicated Platinum One Team
- Confirmed international upgrades from 7 days prior to departure
- Waived booking fees for new eligible bookings
- Complimentary Qantas epiQure membership
If you’re interested in the benefits available at each elite tier, check out the Tier Benefits Page for everything you need to know.
Value of Frequent Flyer Elite Status
As with U.S.-based airlines, the value of Qantas elite status will vary depending on whether or not you live in Australia.
The elite benefits stack up comparably with what you’d see at other top-tier airlines, but to receive the most value you’ll need to fly Qantas, Jetstar, or Oneworld flights frequently.
For Silver elites, a Status Hold for when you are on parental leave is a unique benefit not found in many other programs.
Lounge access, Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald, and additional benefits with Qantas partners like Alaska Airlines are what you’ll have access to at the Gold and Platinum elite tiers.
With Platinum One status, Qantas offers a couple of interesting perks, including complimentary Platinum status for a friend and a Qantas epiQure membership for access to premium wine.
Earning Frequent Flyer Elite Status
|Status Credits required to reach||300|
700 Lifetime Silver
14,000 Lifetime Gold
75,000 Lifetime Platinum
|3,600 (at least 2,700 on Qantas marketing flights)|
|Status Credits required to keep||250||600||1,200||3,600 (at least 2,700 on Qantas marketed flights)|
|Oneworld Tier and benefits||Ruby||Sapphire||Emerald||Emerald|
Status Credits are what Qantas uses to determine your elite tier and the benefits you receive on Qantas, Jetstar, Emirates, and Oneworld flights.
As a new member, you start with Bronze status and then move up through the Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Platinum One tiers as you earn more Status Credits.
The Status Credits you earn are driven by your route, airline, and the fare purchased. That is to say: the more flexible the fare and more premium the cabin, the more Status Credits you will earn.
Hot Tip: Qantas uses a calculator to determine the Qantas Points and Status Credits you will earn. Simply enter the required information in this calculator, and the program will show what you’ll earn for your flight.
You can also refer to the earning tables on this page to see how many Qantas Points and Status Credits you’ll earn.
Unlike the trend we’ve seen recently with a revenue requirement as part of elite status qualification with many airlines, Qantas only requires you to earn a certain amount of Status Credits.
Some airlines, like American Airlines, offer co-branded credit cards that help you earn elite status. While Qantas does the same, the airline doesn’t offer a credit card for the U.S. market.
Bottom Line: You’ll need to earn Status Credits if your goal is to have elite status with Qantas.