Frequent Flyer is the official rewards program for Qantas Airways. You will find that this program currently has over 10 million members, and it offers a number of rewards. Those who are a member of this program will be able to earn points/miles by flying with Qantas or one of their partners. You can use the points that you accrue for a number of things, including free award flights, hotel bookings, cabin upgrades, and more. Qantas has hundreds of different partners, making it easy to earn points through this program. There are a number of credit cards that Frequent Flyer members will be able to take advantage of, as well as Elite levels that offer even more benefits than the base membership. One of the best things about this rewards program is that it makes it easy to earn points, and there are plenty of partner airlines you can fly with to do so. You will be able to use the points that you accrue through this program for everything from free flights to car rentals and even movie vouchers. Those who fly often with Qantas will definitely want to take the time to look into this program.

General Information

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Pros

  • Infants free awards ❸
  • Booking tool is easy to use
  • Minimum Points Guarantee ❷
  • Cash and miles option available
  • Good number of partner airlines
  • Most airlines can be booked online

Cons

  • Additional phone fee ❹
  • Hidden tax information ❻
  • Points expire in 18 months
  • Only one 1 : 1 transfer partner
  • Redemption amounts are very high
  • Most airlines impose fuel surcharge

Fees & Charges

  • Sign-up fee ❶
    $89.5
  • Change award fee ❹
    $60
  • Phone booking fee ❺
    $25

Additional Information

Expiration: Points expire 18 months since last activity.
For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
❶ Qantas Frequent Flyer charges a one-off fee of $89.50 . Although anyone can sign up for free through a Woolworths Everyday Rewards card.
❷ Minimum Points Guarantee ensures an earn of at least 800 points on Qantas or Jetstar flights and 500 points on American, including short haul discount economy seats
❸ Infants fly free when parents use Classic awards
❹ Changes to an international itinerary by phone adds another $60 to the standard change fees. You can use your points to pay change fee.
❺ Domestic flights $25 and $40 for international flights
❻ You can’t see tax information if you don’t have enough points in your account.

Transfer Partners

1,000
Citi points
1 : 1
1,000
points
2 days
1,000
Citi points
1 : 1
1,000
points
2 days
1,000
Hyatt points
2.08 : 1
481
points
56 days
1,000
Hyatt points
2.08 : 1
481
points
56 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
points
42 days
1,000
Marriott points
4 : 1
250
points
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
points
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
points
42 days
1,000
Choice points
6.67 : 1
150
points
42 days
1,000
Choice points
6.67 : 1
150
points
42 days
1,000
Hilton points
6.67 : 1
150
points
4 days
1,000
Hilton points
6.67 : 1
150
points
4 days

The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to Frequent Flyer.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines And Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Aer Lingus Aer Lingus
No alliance
airberlin airberlin
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Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines
No alliance
American Airlines American Airlines
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British Airways British Airways
oneworld®
Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific
oneworld®
Dragonair Dragonair
No alliance
El Al Israel Airlines El Al Israel Airlines
No alliance
Fiji Airways Fiji Airways
No alliance
Finnair Finnair
oneworld®
Iberia Iberia
oneworld®
Japan Airlines Japan Airlines
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Jet Airways Jet Airways
No alliance
Jetstar Airways Jetstar Airways
No alliance
Jetstar Asia Airways Jetstar Asia Airways
No alliance
Jetstar Japan Jetstar Japan
No alliance
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Jetstar Pacific Jetstar Pacific
No alliance
LATAM Brasil LATAM Brasil
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LATAM Chile LATAM Chile
oneworld®
Royal Jordanian Royal Jordanian
oneworld®
S7 Airlines S7 Airlines
oneworld®
SriLankan Airlines SriLankan Airlines
oneworld®
Emirates Emirates
No alliance
Qantas Qantas
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Air Niugini Air Niugini
No alliance
Airnorth Airnorth
No alliance
Air Vanuatu Air Vanuatu
No alliance
Alitalia Alitalia
SkyTeam
China Eastern Airlines China Eastern Airlines
SkyTeam
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines
oneworld®
Qatar Airways Qatar Airways
oneworld®

Program Review

Qantas Airways is the flag carrier airline of Australia, and it is also the largest airline in terms of sheer fleet size, international flights, and international destinations. It is also the oldest airline in the world, after KLM and Avianca. Founded in November of 1920, it started as an international passenger flight airline in 1935. The Qantas name comes from “QANTAS”, which is an acronym for its original name, “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”. This airline is based in the Sydney suburb of Mascot with its main hub at Sydney Airport. You will find that the official Qantas Frequent Flyer program has quite a bit to offer those who regularly or even semi-regularly fly with this airline. Members of this rewards program will be able to accrue points that can be used for award flights, cabin upgrades, and many other things.

 

Frequent Flyer Program

The Frequent Flyer program from Qantas is definitely worth looking into, especially for those who tend to fly with this airline regularly. As a member of the Frequent Flyer program, you will be able to enjoy a variety of perks and benefits that others do not. You will also be able to accumulate points/miles that you can be used to redeem award flights, cabin upgrades, hotel bookings, and car rentals. You will be able to sign up for this program through the Qantas website. The application only takes about 10 minutes, and it’s well worth it when you consider all the benefits you’ll enjoy as a member.

 

Earning Frequent Flyer Points

You can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on all eligible Qantas flights, including low fare flights. Check that your flight is eligible for points before booking. You can also maximise how many points you earn by choosing for flexible Economy fares or booking Premium Economy, Business or First Class seats. If you’re flying with Jetstar, you can earn points when selecting a Starter Plus, Starter Max or Business Max fare bundle. You can also earn points on all eligible domestic Jetstar New Zealand domestic fares. The perks of being a Qantas Frequent Flyer goes beyond just Qantas, allowing you to earn Qantas Points on every eligible flight with Qantas, Jetstar and over 35 partner airlines.By using a participating credit or charge card for your everyday spend, you could really boost your points earning, and for direct earn cards your points will be automatically added to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account each month. You can also use a direct earn or participating credit or charge card to make an eligible purchase from any of our other partners and you could earn twice – once with your card and once with the other partner.

 

Redeeming Mileage Points

You can redeem points in the following ways:
Classic Flight Rewards: If you want to use your points for flights, look at the Classic Flight Rewards to book flights. You can estimate how many points you’ll need for a flight with the Qantas Points calculator. These can be used for flights with Qantas and its partners.
Points Plus Pay: If you don’t have enough points to fund your Classic Flight Reward, you can use cash with "Points Plus Pay" to make up the difference.
Classic Upgrade Rewards: If you want a taste of luxury, use your points for Classic Upgrade Rewards to upgrade to Premium Economy, Business or First Class. You can use the "Classic Upgrade Reward Calculator" on the Qantas website to determine how many points you’ll need.
Bid Now Upgrades: Available by invitation only and for selected Qantas flights, you have the option to bid your points (or a combination of cash and points) to upgrade your flight. You can use your Qantas Points to redeem over 100,000 accommodation options worldwide. Plus, Frequent Flyer customers can also take advantage of exclusive member offers and discounts. Redeem your Qantas Rewards for car rental vouchers with Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Make bookings via the Qantas website or quote your Frequent Flyer number at the time of booking to use your points to redeem the voucher. You can use your points to cut back on travel costs and pick up some peace of mind with your Qantas Points. Qantas allows cardholders to redeem their points for travel insurance with QBE Insurance. You can make your booking to claim the insurance via the Qantas website.

 

Routing Rules

You will find that Qantas does in fact allow for free stopovers, so you won’t have to worry about them affecting the total amount you pay.

 

Booking Fees & Charges

You will find that there is a $40 fee charged for changing flights, and a $200 fee if you do not do it online.

 

Redeem on Upgrades

If you want a taste of luxury, use your points for Classic Upgrade Rewards to upgrade to Premium Economy, Business or First Class. You can use the "Classic Upgrade Reward Calculator" on the Qantas website to determine how many points you’ll need.

 

Elite Levels

As you earn more points, you’ll pick up "Status Credits" which can help you move up the Frequent Flyer membership levels. It’s important to note that Status Credits are different to Qantas Points, so you can’t redeem them for any rewards. Here are some of the perks you can pick up with different membership levels:
Silver: Enjoy privileges such as a priority telephone service, complimentary and preferential seat selection as well as priority check-in for domestic and international flights. Members will also get one complimentary invitation to the Qantas Club (which includes a one-visit complimentary Qantas Lounge pass) and a 50% bonus on points earned.
Gold: Access an exclusive telephone service, complimentary seat selection with preferential seating as well as priority check-in domestically and internationally. You’ll get priority baggage, check-in and boarding as well as extra checked baggage allowance. You’ll receive complimentary membership of the Qantas Club and domestic and international lounge access. You’ll also receive 75% more Qantas Points.
Platinum: Much-like the Silver and Gold, Platinum members can enjoy priority telephone, seating and check-in services. You’ll also receive complimentary membership to the Qantas Club, international upgrades and First Lounge and Business Lounge access. You also receive 100% more Qantas Points.
Platinum One: Access Platinum benefits plus a personal team dedicated to you 24/7 when you fly. You can also enjoy exclusive access to extra Qantas Classic Awards seats and you can avoid most fees when booking an Award flight. You’ll also receive 100% more Qantas Points and complimentary Platinum membership for your partner.

 

Benefits of Qantas Frequent Flyer Program

There are quite a few different benefits associated with Qantas’ Frequent Flyer program, including the fact that you will be able to earn points in a number of ways. The fact that stopovers are free is just another benefit that you will need to take into consideration when thinking about signing up for this particular frequent flyer program. There are millions of Qantas Frequent Flyer members, simply because of everything this rewards program has to offer.