Emirates Frequent Flyer Qantas guide: Points, status credits & reward flights

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Although Emirates operate their own frequent flyer program, Skywards, the popular Middle Eastern carrier holds a close partnership with the Flying Kangaroo. This allows Qantas Frequent Flyer members to earn and redeem their Qantas points on Emirates flights. The Qantas – Emirates frequent flyer partnership sits outside of Qantas oneworld alliance, which means some Emirates frequent flyer Qantas benefits are a little different.

Some of Emirates frequent flyer highlights include the ability to redeem Qantas points for Emirates flights at the Qantas rate (lower than most other Qantas partners).

Earning Qantas points on Emirates flights

The Emirates frequent flyer partnership allows Qantas members to earn points on all Emirates marketed (EK coded) flights. Points are earned at the reduced ‘Qantas Partner’ rate. Read on to view some example flights from Australia.

Fare Type Fare Code Qantas Partner Earn Rate
Disc. Econ L,Q,T,V,X Disc. Econ.
Economy B,G,M,U,W Economy
Flex. Econ E,P,R,Y Flex. Econ.
Business. C,I,J,O Business

The Qantas status bonus is not available under the Qantas – Emirates frequent flyer partnership.

Emirates Frequent Flyer Earn Qantas points

Emirates Frequent Flyer: Earn Qantas points flying Emirates for eligible travel.

Qantas points-earn on Emirates flights: examples

Below we’ve included a number of Emirates flight examples, with the corresponding points-earn against the respective Qantas Partner earn rate (see table above). These flights depart from the Australian east coast (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast).

Destination Disc.Econ Econ Flex.Econ Bus
NZ 375 750 1,500 1,875
Singapore 1,000 2,250 4,400 5,000
Bangkok 1,100 2,000 4,500 5,600
Dubai 1,850 3,700 8,140 9,250
UK/Europe 2,625 5,250 11,500 13,125

The Qantas points + status credit calculator allows you to search for specific Emirates flights. Simply select Emirates from the drop down list. You may need to search for each  flight sector separately.

How to credit points to Qantas on Emirates bookings

When booking

To credit your Emirates flight to Qantas, simply add your Qantas frequent flyer number when booking your Emirates flight via the Emirates website or your travel agent.

Post booking but before flight

If you forgot to add it when booking, simply locate your booking on the Emirates website by clicking on ‘Manage’ in the top menu.

Next, add your Emirates booking details (last name and booking reference number) and click ‘Retrieve Booking’. Locate your booking and click on the ‘Add Frequent Flyer Number’ button. You can then select ‘Qantas Frequent Flyer’ as the program and add your membership number.

After your flight

If you didn’t add your membership number before your flight, don’t worry, you can still credit your Emirates frequent flyer trip to Qantas. You can do so by submitting a ‘Missing Points’ claim on the Qantas website.

Don’t yet have a Qantas Frequent Flyer membership? As long as you’re within 30 days of your Emirates booking, simply create a new Qantas Frequent Flyer account (use this free link) and then submit a ‘Missing Points’ claim.

To submit a claim, simply a go to the claim form, select ‘EK – Emirates’ from the drop down, add your flight number and finally, your flight information.

Emirates frequent flyer Qantas point claims can take up to two weeks to process.

Emirates frequent flyer status

Earning Qantas status credits on Emirates flights

No status credits are earned on Emirates operated, EK coded flights.

Qantas code-share some Emirates flights that earn points and status credits at the full Qantas rate. Look for an Emirates flight that’s sold on the Qantas website (QF coded) to ensure you earn at the Qantas rate.

Using your Qantas status on Emirates flights

Qantas frequent flyer members can use their Qantas status when flying with the Dubai-based carrier. Those with premium status (Gold and above) enjoy access to the Emirates Lounge, priority baggage, boarding and additional checked baggage.

You must include your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number in your Emirates booking to receive reciprocal benefits.

The Emirates frequent flyer benefits include:

Silver Qantas Status

  • Emirates frequent flyer priority check-in
    Use Emirates’ Silver check-in desks in Dubai and the carrier’s Business counters at other airports, regardless of your Emirates travel class. Simply present your Qantas Silver membership at check-in.
  • Additional Checked Baggage Allowance
    Get an extra 12kg of checked allowance when travelling with Emirates

Gold Qantas Status

  • Emirates frequent flyer priority check-in
    Check in at Emirates Business Class counters, regardless of your ticket class. Simply present your Gold status membership card at the check-in desk.
  • Priority Boarding
    Board first via the Emirates priority boarding lane.
  • Priority Baggage and Additional Checked Baggage Allowance
    Get an additional 16kg of checked allowance, and receive your bags of the carousel first.
  • Reciprocal Lounge Access
    When travelling on a flight with an Emirates (EK) or Qantas (QF) flight number you’ll receive premium lounge access for you and one guest (guest must hold a ticket on the same flight as you). Eligible lounges are available throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

Learn more about Qantas status here.

Redeeming Qantas points for Emirates frequent flyer flights

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can use their Qantas points for Emirates flights across their international network. Emirates fly from Australia to Asia, and on to Europe via its Dubai base.

The kicker here is that you can redeem Emirates flights for the same amount of points as the equivalent Qantas operated flight. This requires less Qantas points than most of the Red Roo’s other alliance members!

Qantas Rate
Qantas Rate

Qantas, Airnorth, Fiji Airways, Air Vanuatu, American Airlines, Emirates, Jetstar

The main Classic Reward points rate, which is better than the Qantas partner rate.


Emirates is preferred Qantas Frequent Flyer member, and as such, you can search and book Emirates operated reward seats directly on the Qantas website.

Using your Qantas points for Emirates frequent flyer reward seats can be a great option, especially in premium cabins. Business and even First Class redemptions to Asian destinations like Singapore and Bangkok are top value (find out more about this particular redemption in our ‘Best Use of Qantas Points’ article). As an added benefit, taxes are generally cheaper than Qantas operated flights.

Learn more about redeeming your Qantas points for Emirates frequent flyer flights in our full Qantas reward flight redemption guide.

Emirates notches up at number #5 on our ‘Best use of Qantas Points’ list  – Pamper yourself in the Emirates First Suite for less than you might think!

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