Qantas Frequent Flyer
Date Posted: 25/04/2018
A quick summary of benefits:
- Recognition of being a Qantas Frequent Flyer Member.
- Qantas Cash functionally included, load up to 11 foreign currencies.
- Earn points when you fly with Qantas and over 50 partner airlines to over 1,200 destinations worldwide.
- Breeze through check in, with the intelligent “Q-Chip”.
- Earn points with Qantas Assure.
- Use your points for upgrades on flights.
- Earn points on your everyday purchases with a credit card.
- Have access to over 3,000 products on the Qantas Online Mall.
- Plus many more…
The Qantas Frequent Flyer program rewards travellers in many ways, but it all depends on how much you travel, as to how much you get out of the program. To join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, you need to pay a once off fee of $89.50.
There are some offers listed below if you are looking at joining Qantas Frequent Flyer without paying the fee.
- Signing up to Woolworths Rewards.
- Using the Qantas “FAMILY FREE” Offer.
- Joining Qantas Cash, via the Qantas Cash Website
- Applying for a Credit Card, that earns Qantas Points
The only restriction that may not allow you to join for free is that you have to be an Australian resident. As always please remember to check the terms and conditions to see which is best suited to your situation.
In my own opinion, if I was looking at joining but didn’t have any plans on travelling, I would sign up regardless. Your membership will always be active, and it will never expire. That way if you need to refer to your membership down the track you already have it handy. Why not take advantage of the free offers while Qantas are being generous?
There are different tiered levels of membership which is referred to as your status. The more you fly, the more status credits you earn, this is what progresses you up the frequent flyer loyalty ladder. The higher you are up the ladder the more perks and benefits you will receive.
Qantas Frequent Flyer has six tiered levels of membership. Starting with Bronze, Qantas Club, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One. As soon as you sign up for Qantas Frequent Flyer you are assigned as a bronze member, it’s essentially the entry level status. It’s just a way of Qantas identifying you as a member. Your bronze membership will never expire and you don’t need to meet any requirements to retain this level of status, you don’t even have to step foot on an airplane to keep yourself as a bronze member.
Even though it’s the entry level status, you still receive some amazing features. Every Qantas Frequent Flyer membership card comes with Qantas Cash. Qantas Cash is a facility that is built into the card which allows members to use their frequent flyer card as a pay-as-you-go debit card. This functionality allows you to load local Australian currency (AUD) and up to eleven foreign currencies which can be used around the world, wherever MasterCard is accepted. You will also earn Qantas points on eligible purchases that are made using your card when spending your own money.
Once you have received your membership card and you are ready to travel, you can breeze through check-in. On the front of your card there is a unique “Q-Chip”. By having this chip it allows you to breeze through check in, effortlessly and seamlessly. All you need to do when you arrive at the airport is simply just make your way to the self-check in machines, insert your card and follow the on screen prompts and with a few touches of a button you will be successfully checked in for your flight, just proceed through security and you’re ready to go.
If you have a credit card that offers Qantas points on your everyday spending, make sure you add your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number to the account. This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn Qantas points without having to do anything extra. You can also earn Qantas points when shopping online via the Qantas Online Mall, as well as car hire, accommodation, insurance and most importantly by flying. Once you have started earning points on your account, you can use these points for an upgrade on your next flight, purchase flights, book accommodation, purchase wine and also being able to purchase items from the Qantas Store, which offers over 3,000 items.
Unfortunately, bronze members don’t receive access to any airport lounges or Qantas Clubs when travelling. If you would like to get access to these lounges you would need to achieve Gold Qantas status or purchase a Qantas Club Membership. Along with no lounge access, bronze members don’t receive any OneWorld privileges either when travelling on partner airlines, by all means always include you membership number when booking. By including your membership number you will receive Qantas points if booking on an eligible flight.
How do you work your way up to the next tier?
Getting a higher level of Qantas status does require you to fly on Qantas and/or partner airlines. Status credits are the building blocks to working your way up that loyalty ladder. To gain the next level, you would need to achieve 300 status credits and then 250 status credits each year thereafter to maintain your silver status. Just bear in mind that you need to fly at least four eligible segments/flights on either a Qantas (QF), Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Jetstar Japan (GK) or Jetstar Pacific (BL) ticketed flight.
If you are aiming to get into the Qantas lounge prior to your departing flight, both internationally and domestically. Joining the Qantas Club might be the easiest way to get instant access to these lounges.