Earn Qantas points: flying with Qantas & its partners

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Earning Qantas points overview

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn points flying on all Qantas, selected Jetstar and most international partner fares. The higher your fare and further your destination, the more Qantas points you’ll receive. Points can only be earned when you pay with cash or credit/debit, not when you redeem a flight with points.

In this article, we’ll include key Qantas status credit information, with more details reaching status in our Qantas status guide.

Qantas also offers a loyalty bonus on reaching 500 status credits each Anniversary Year. This comes in the form of 8,000 Qantas points or 50 Status sredits (the latter, effectively reducing the status credit requirement for Gold from 700 to 650). The bonus status credit option is definitely recommended if you’re close to reaching a premium status Level.

Qantas Classic Rewards

Learn more about the traditional Qantas point flight redemption method – Classic Rewards!

Qantas Status

We show you what you need to do to reach each Qantas status level and the benefits on offer!

Searching for Qantas Reward Flights

Find out how to best search for Qantas reward seats, including tips to locate oneworld partner flights, whose inventory isn’t always listed on qantas.com.

Earning Qantas points on Qantas & Jetstar flights

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn points travelling on all Qantas and Jetstar domestic flights (within Australia and within NZ). Generally speaking, the higher your fare and further your destination, the more Qantas points you’ll receive. Qantas apply a 800 point ‘guarantee’ on all eligible travel.

Your earn-rate will also receive a boost depending on your status level. The bonus, which is applied on all Qantas and Jetstar bookings, includes a 50% bump for Silver, 75% for Gold and 100% for Platinum status. The only Qantas international partner to receive this benefit is American Airlines.

Jetstar flights

You can earn Qantas points and status credits at the full Qantas rate on its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar, but only on selected fare types. These include Starter Plus, Starter Max and Business Max. No other Jetstar ticket earns status credits or points. The table below outlines the Qantas status and point earn-rate for each eligible Jetstar fare type. The Qantas status bonus applies to eligible Jetstar fares (Silver – 50% bonus; Gold – 75% bonus; Platinum – 100% bonus).

Jetstar can be a good points and status earning option, especially on heavily discounted domestic and international short-haul fares. Even after considering the cost of the ‘Plus’ and ‘Max’ bundles, which are required to earn Qantas points. Read our full guide on earning Qantas points and status credits on Jetstar flights.

Jetstar operated code-share flights (with a QF flight number) will earn status credits at the full Qantas rate.

Fare TypeQantas Rate
PlusEcon. (Saver)
MaxFlex. Econ. (Flex)
Bus. MaxBusiness

Domestic flights

The respective Qantas point earn-rates are listed for example Australian domestic flights in the table below, in addition to the status credits received (in brackets). Click on each row (‘+’ icon) to show example flight routes.

Use the Qantas points + status credit calculator for a specific flight result. Flight sectors with different flight numbers need to be searched separately (e.g. for Sydney to Adelaide via Melbourne on two flight numbers, you’d need to look up: Flight 1. Sydney – Melbourne and then Flight 2. Melbourne – Adelaide). This is not the case for flights across multiple sectors that have the same flight number.

International flights

See the table below for examples of Qantas International flight earn-rates. Note that Qantas earn-rates only apply to flights sold with a QF or JQ flight number. This includes partner operated code-share flights. In the example below, although the flights are operated by Fiji Airways, they have a QF flight number, so you will earn Qantas points and status credits at the full rate.

Example earn-rates for popular international routes are listed in the table below in addition to status credits (in brackets).  All flights depart the Australian east coast and central regions (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide). Click on each row (‘+’ icon) to show example destinations.

Use the Qantas points + status credit calculator for a specific flight result. Flight sectors with different flight numbers need to be searched separately (e.g. for Sydney to Bangkok via Singapore on two flight numbers, you’d need to look up: Flight 1. Sydney – Singapore and then Flight 2. Singapore – Bangkok). This is not the case for flights across multiple sectors that have the same flight number (e.g. QF1 from Sydney – London, which although has a layover in Dubai, is the same flight).

Earning Qantas points on partner flights

Qantas has over 50 partners that fly to more than 1,000 destinations around the world. It has two main partnerships, the first of which is oneworld, an alliance of 15 of the globe’s leading airlines. When you book a flight via a oneworld partner, you earn Qantas points and status credits at the partner rates below. Qantas also holds non-oneworld partnerships with other airlines, the most notable of these, Emirates. These partnerships have their own features and conditions, which we’ve detailed here.

American Airlines is currently the only Qantas partner that offers the status bonus.

Qantas market many partner operated flights with QF flight numbers. If you book these ‘code-share’ flights, you’ll earn Qantas points and status credits at the full rate. Be sure to double check the fare’s price on the operator’s website, however, as it may be more expensive via Qantas. This is especially the case in premium cabins.

All examples depart from the Australian east coast (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast). The respective Qantas point earn-rates are listed in this table in addition to the status credits received (in brackets). Click on each row (‘+’ icon) to show example destinations.

* Asian earn-rates begin at this level and rises slightly depending on the specific destination.

The Qantas points + status credit calculator allows you to search for a specific flight result, being sure to change to the partner carrier you are flying with (see circled below). Flight sectors with different flight numbers need to be searched separately (e.g. for Sydney to Bangkok via Singapore on two flight numbers, you’d need to look up: Flight 1. Sydney – Singapore and then Flight 2. Singapore – Bangkok). This is not the case for flights across multiple sectors that have the same flight number.

International partner airline earn summary

Click on each row (‘+’ icon) to learn more including each partner’s eligible fare types.

Partner airline fare earn rates

Each partner airline’s ticket range earns at different rates. Consider that some tickets do not earn at their face value. For example although a intra-Asian Malaysia Airlines Business flight attracts the Qantas partner Business Class earn rate, a short-haul flight from Australia to Malaysia up the pointy end earns at the reduced Premium Economy rate.

We’ve provided some commentary below for the most popular Qantas partners.

American Airlines (AA)

Key conditions

  • American Airlines (AA) operated flights only
  • AA codeshare flights operated by Qantas or oneworld airline are included (any other airline codeshare is excluded)

Main takeaways

Qantas points and status credits are earned at the partner rate for American Airlines (AA) flights subject to the fare structure below. American Airlines flights are divided into ‘international’ (e.g. flights between Australia and the US) and ‘US’ (within the US). Most American Airlines Economy fares redeem at the Discount Economy Qantas partner earn fare.

Qantas codeshare some American Airlines flights that earn Status Credits at the full Qantas rate (domestic US and NZ to Los Angeles). As always, look for the QF flight number.

AA Fare Type Qantas Partner Earn Rate
Intl. Disc Econ. (G, N, S, O, Q) Discount Econ.
Intl. Econ. (HK, L, M, V) Economy
Intl. Flex. Econ. (Y, P) Flexible Econ.
Intl. Prem. Econ. (W) Premium Econ.
Intl. Bus. (D, I, J, R) Business
US Disc Econ. (G, N, S, O, Q) Discount Econ.
US Econ. (HK, L, M, V, W) Economy
US Flex. Econ. (Y) Flexible Econ.
US Bus. (D, I, J, R) Business

Malaysia Airlines (MH)

Key conditions

  • Malaysia Airlines (MH) operated flights only
  • MH codeshare flights operated by Qantas or oneworld airline are included (any other airline codeshare is excluded)

Main takeaways

Qantas points and status credits are earned at the partner rate for Malaysia Airlines (MA) flights subject to the fare structure below.

Malaysia Airlines flights are divided into ‘international’ (e.g. Flights between Australia and Malaysia, UK or Europe) and ‘All Other’ (which is intra-Asia – flights within Asia). International flights attract significantly lower earn rates, where you’re essentially earning at the next cabin class down. On the other hand, intra-Asian flights attract the full Qantas partner rate. For example a Malaysia Airlines Business flight from Denpasar (Bali) to Bangkok attracts the Qantas partner Business Class earn rate, whereas a Malaysia Airlines Business short-haul flight from Australia to Malaysia credits at Premium Economy.

That said, Malaysia Airlines is often a great way to earn status credits, with the popular carrier frequently offering economy-like pricing on high-earning Business Class fares.  If you’re planning a trip within Asia, these tickets are a great way to reach Qantas Gold.

Unfortunately, some of Malaysia Airlines’ popular promotional fares (including regularly discounted ‘Q’ tickets) do not earn points and status credits.

MH Fare Type Partner Earn Rate
Intl. Econ. (B. H. K. L. M. V. Y) Disc. Econ.
Intl. Bus. (C, D, I , J, Z) Economy
Intl. First (A, F) Flex. Econ.
Intra-Asia Disc. Econ. (K, L, M, V) Disc.Econ.
Intra-Asia Econ. (B, H) Economy
Intra-Asia Flex Econ. (B, H) Flex. Econ.
Intra-Asia Bus.  (C, D, I , J, Z) Business

Iberia (IB, I2)

Key Conditions

  • Iberia (IB) and Iberia Express (I2) operated flights only
  • IB or I2 codeshare flights operated by Qantas or oneworld airline are included (any other airline codeshare is excluded)

Main Takeaways

Qantas points and status credits are earned at the partner rate for Iberia (IB) flights subject to the fare structure below.

Flying with Iberia in Europe can be a good status credit earner, with the carrier known to offer cheap pricing on high-earning Business Class fares (like London to Barcelona via Madrid). For example, routes like London (LHR) to Barcelona via Madrid can be had for approximately $450 return, earning a nice 200 status credits (or $2.23/ Status Credit!).

IB Fare Type Partner Earn Rate
Disc. Econ. (A, F, G, N, O, Q, Z) Disc. Econ.
Econ. (K, L, M, S, V) Economy
Flex. Econ. (B, H, Y) Flex. Econ.
Prem. Econ. (E, T, W) Prem. Econ.
Bus. (C, D, I, J, R) Business

Qatar Airways (QR)

Key conditions

  • Qatar Airways (QR) operated flights only
  • QR codeshare flights operated by Qantas or oneworld airline are included (any other airline codeshare is excluded)

Main takeaways

Qantas points and status credits are earned at the partner rate for Qatar Airways (QR) flights subject to the fare structure below. The fare structure for Qatar flights is relatively straight-forward, with most tickets earning at the equivalent Qantas partner rate.

Qantas codeshare some Qatar Airways flights that earn status credits at the full Qantas rate. As always, look for the QF flight number.

QR Fare Type Partner Earn Rate
Disc. Econ. (K, L, M, V) Disc. Econ.
Flex. Econ. (B, H) Economy
Flex. Econ. (Y) Flex. Econ.
Business (C, D, I, J, R) Business

Cathay Pacific (CX, KA)

Key conditions

  • Cathay Pacific (CX) operated and it affiliate, Cathay Dragon (KA) only
  • QR code-share flights operated by Cathay Pacific or oneworld airline are included (any other airline code-share is excluded)

Main takeaways

Qantas points and status credits are earned at the partner rate for Cathay Pacific (CX) flights subject to the fare structure below. It’s important to note that Cathay’s popular promotional fares (including ‘Q’ and ‘S’ fare types) do not earn points and status credits.

Qantas code-share some Cathay Pacific flights that earn at the full Qantas rate. As always, look for the QF flight number.

CX Fare Type Partner Earn Rate
Disc. Econ (B, H, K, L, M, V) Disc. Econ.
Economy (B, G, M, U, W) Economy
Flex. Econ (E, P, R, Y) Flex. Econ.
Business. (C, I, J, O) Business

Japan Airlines (JL, JO, JC, NU)

Key conditions

  • Japan Airlines (JL) operated and its affiliates (JL, JO, JC, NU) only
  • QR code-share flights operated by Japan Airlines or another oneworld airline are included (any other airline code-share is excluded)

Main takeaways

Qantas points and status credits are earned at the partner rate for Japan Airlines (JA) flights subject to the fare structure below.

JA flights are divided into ‘international’ (e.g. flights between Australia and Japan or Europe) and ‘domestic’ (within Japan). One to note is that Japanese domestic flights in Business Class (‘Class J’) earn only at the Economy partner rate.

JA Fare Type Qantas Partner Earn Rate
Intl. Disc. Econ (N, Q) Disc. Economy
Intl. Econ (G, H, I, K, L, M, O, R, S, V) Economy
Intl. Flex. Econ (B, Y) Flexible Economy
Intl. Prem. Econ. (E, W) Premium Economy
Intl. Business (C, D, J, X) Flexible Economy
Dom Japan – Economy, Class J (Y, J) Economy

Fiji Airways (FJ)

Key conditions

  • Fiji Airways (FJ) operated flights only

Main takeaways

Qantas points and status credits are earned at the partner rate for Fiji Airways (FJ) flights subject to the fare structure below. The Fiji Airways fare structure is fairly straight-forward, with most ticket types earning at the equivalent partner rate.

As Qantas hold a stake in FIji Airways, they code-share many Fiji flights that earn points and status credits at the full Qantas rate. As always, look for the QF flight number.

FJ Fare Type Partner Earn Rate
Disc. Econ (G, N, T, V) Disc. Econ.
Econ. (K, L, M, O, Q, S, W) Economy
Flex. Econ (B, H, Y) Flexible Econ.
Business. (C, D, I, J, Z) Business

Emirates (EK)

Key Conditions

  • Emirates (EK) operated flights only

Main Takeaways

Only Qantas Points are earned at the partner rate for Emirates (EK) flights subject to the fare structure below. No status credits are earned on Emirates operated, EK coded flights. The EK fare structure is straight-forward, with most fare types earning at the equivalent partner rate.

Qantas code-share some Emirates flights that earn points and status credits at the full Qantas rate. As always, look for the QF flight number.

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

Qantas Points expiry

Qantas has relatively generous expiry terms. Expiry in both cases is subject to non-activity, in a sense that if do not earn or use points within the expiry time-frame, you’ll lose your balance.

Qantas Frequent Flyer offers 18 months, in which you are required to either earn or use at least one point.

Qantas generally sends a warning email if this is about to happen.

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