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Qantas Frequent Flyer

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is a great way to earn benefits and rewards with one of Australia’s top airlines. With this program, you can earn points on a variety of purchases as well as flights, such as hotels, car hire, groceries, retail and financial services, so it is easy to build up points quickly just by doing the things you do every day.

About Qantas Airline

Qantas was founded back in 1920, making it the world’s second oldest airline. Qantas was the product of Australian investment in new aviation technology. Since then, the airline has grown to become the largest Australian airline, and the official airline of the country.

Qantas has been in Skytrax’s top ten best airlines in the world since 2005, demonstrating the quality of the services the airline provides. As well as this, Qantast has also won several other awards. These include Best Airline Australia in 2005, 2006 and 2008 from Skytrax; Skytrax Best Regional Airline Australia in 2006 and 2008; WAEA Avion best Overall Inflight Entertainment in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006; QAEA Avion Best Entertainment for Inseat Systems in 2006; Cellars in the Sky Awards Best First and Business Class Wine List in 2005; Cellars in the Sky Awards Most Original First Class Wine List in 2007 and 2008; Best Business Class Sparkling Award in the 2007 Cellars in the Sky Awards; and Cellars the Sky Awards Best Consistence of Wines across Business and First Class.

Qantas has a fleet of 137 aircraft in total, including 29 Boeing 767 300ERs and 24 747-400s. Aircraft are on average only 8.8 years old, meaning that Qantas aircraft are on the cutting-edge of technology. Looking to expand and build on the excellent service it already provides, Qantas has 78 more aircraft on order.

Qantas Flights

Domestically, Qantas’ hubs are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, so flights in and around Australia are frequent with the airline. Qantas also has a strong presence in Cairns and Canberra airports too. Qantas should not just be thought of as an Australian airline, though; it provides international flights to Singapore, Changi, Brisbane, Lost Angeles International and London Heathrow, and services to these international destinations are relatively frequent and reasonably priced.

Entitlement

There are three different tiers to Qantas Frequent Flyer membership, but even the most basic level provides plenty of perks to its members. Silver membership, the most basic level, gives members a complimentary invitation to membership of the Qantas Club, which provides access to the Qantas airport lounges; priority check-in regardless of the class members fly in; priority waitlist and standby; an extra 10kg on baggage allowance; preferred seating; priority telephone reservation service; and membership baggage tags. The next level up, gold membership, gives members all of the aforementioned benefits, plus automatic complimentary membership of the Qantas Club; priority baggage; and on-departure upgrades within Qantas lounges. Platinum membership provides customers with the full range of benefits, which means that these members also get complimentary gold membership for their partner when they reach 2,100 credits within a year; an extra 15kg of baggage; first class baggage tags in international flights; and priority economy seat purchase.

Membership of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program also gives customers access to a range of great discounts on accommodation, car hire and holidays, which they can purchase with their points.

Earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

The rate of earning points varies depending on which tier of Qantas Frequent Flyer membership a customer has. Silver members get 25% of the available points; Gold members get 50% of the available points; and Platinum members get 100% of the available points. So, more points can be earned at a greater rate with Platinum membership.

Earning points on flights is not simply restricted to Qantas. As Qantas is part of the Oneworld Alliance - the world’s largest and oldest airline alliance - members can earn points by flying with any one of Qantas’ Oneworld partners. These partners are Finnair, Malev, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Mexicana, Royal Jordanian, Cathay Pacific and LAN. So, even if members are traveling to a destination not currently served by Qantas, and must travel with a different airline, they can still earn points.

As well as earning points with flights, members can also earn points by using certain credit cards. These cards include products from American Express, ANZ, Citibank, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Suncorp and Westpac. You can view all Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards and compare them side by side.

Qantas has many hotel partners, and booking hotels through Qantas with these partners can earn members more points. For example, members will earn three points for every dollar spent on a room with Australian hotel partners, and 1,000 points per stay at international hotel partners.

There are many other partners too that members can earn points with, simply by purchasing the things that they need. Partners in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program include those selling travel products such as holiday packages, duty free, foreign exchange, insurance and valet parking; finance, real estate and business services, shopping services, restaurants and entertainment. So, there is a huge variety of ways in which members can earn points.

Those points can then be redeemed on Qantas flights, flight upgrades, on products in the Qantas Frequent Flyer online store, on gifts and vouchers, or on membership upgrades.

Eligibility

Membership of Qantas Frequent Flyer is open to residents of any country, but applicants from Australia and New Zealand must pay a small one-off fee to join.