Earn Qantas points & status credits on Jetstar flights

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Earning Qantas points & status on Jetstar

You can earn points and status credits at the full Qantas rate on domestic and international Jetstar flights. However, earning is only possible on selected fare types. In this guide, we’ll take you through what’s eligible and where the value sits.

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Earning with Jetstar

When you book with Jetstar, the eligible fare types are structured as add-on bundles, which you are required to purchase in addition to the base fare. There are two eligible bundles available for Economy fares: ‘Plus’ (Qantas Discount Economy earn rate) and ‘Max’ (Qantas Flexible Economy earn rate).

For Jetstar’s Business fares, only the ‘Business Max’ pack is eligible for Qantas points and status credits.

Every other Jetstar fare type attracts zero points and status credits, including Jetstar’s lowest Business fare (you need to add the ‘Business Max’ bundle to earn on this Jetstar ticket).

Jetstar’s bundles come with added benefits and flexibility that are generally similar to their Qantas counterpart fares. For example, Jetstar’s ‘Max’ add-on (Qantas Flexible Economy) comes with 30kg of checked baggage, in-flight food and drink and it is fully flexible (free flight changes before check-in closes, date/time/destination/name changes permitted and refunds for cancellations at Jetstar credit).

The table below outlines the Qantas status and points earn-rate for each eligible Jetstar fare type. Jetstar operated code-share flights (sold on the Qantas website with a QF flight number) earn points and status credits at the full Qantas rate.

Use the Qantas points + status credit calculator for a specific flight result. To search for Jetstar earn rates, select Jetstar as the airline and the corresponding Qantas fare with your Jetstar bundle (Jetstar ‘Plus’ = Qantas Discount Economy); Jetstar ‘Max’ = Qantas Flexible Economy; Jetstar ‘Business Max’ = Qantas Business.

Qantas status bonus for eligible Jetstar fares

The Qantas Status Bonus applies to eligible Jetstar fares (Silver – 50% points bonus; Gold – 75% points bonus; Platinum – 100% points bonus).


Jetstar Qantas points and status value tips

Buy major promo Economy fares

Jetstar points and status credit earn can represent great value. However, as you’re required to purchase their one of their eligible bundles to earn points and status, it’s generally economical only when the budget carrier offers heavily discounted fares. Sometimes, these bundles can cost more than the base fare itself.

Jetstar’s Business Class fare isn’t recommended as the numbers don’t really stack up. You’ll be forking out significantly more for not only the base fare but the bundle, as it rises in line with the higher base fare. Also, although Jetstar’s Business Class attracts Qantas Club lounge benefits and priority services, its in-the-air product is rather basic, so you’re not getting a lot of value.

The ‘Max’ Bundle ‘sweet-spot’

Adding Jetstar’s ‘Max’ bundle to their major Economy promotional tickets (Qantas Flexible Economy earn rate) is generally the fare sweet-spot. During major sales, you can quite easily secure well-priced Economy fares that attract healthy points earn and Status Credits at a rate of around $5/stats credit. We’ve outlined some domestic flight examples below.

The ‘Max’ bundle comes with the added benefits of 30kg of checked baggage, in-flight food and drink, and is fully flexible. This gives you free flight changes before check-in closure, date/time/destination/name changes and refunds for cancellations (as Jetstar credit).

Avoid layovers and multi-segment flights

It should also be said that you should keep it simple with Jetstar flights, without adding layovers (this is contrary to our tips for boosting your Qantas status credit and points earn rate on Qantas operated flights). When you add layovers and multi-segment flights, the ‘Max’ bundle increases in cost above the added benefit that layover flights can present on Qantas flights. Keep both domestic and international flights direct.

Longer flights = more value

Longer flights generally represent more value. For example, Jetstar’s ‘Max’ Economy bundle (what we recommend) is around $300 for either a short flight (like Sydney – Melbourne) or a long flight (like Sydney – Perth). You’ll obviously earn more points and status credits for the longer flight, which makes this bundle good value in some circumstances.

Jetstar points & status earn examples

In this section, we offer Jetstar flight examples which represent great Qantas points and status credit earn value. These are ‘value’ examples, that leverage major promotional fares, so they suit flexible, holiday-type travel plans.

As per our tips above, Jetstar’s ‘Max’ bundle, when added to their major Economy promotional fares, is the sweet-spot (Qantas Flexible Economy) with earn rates, so we use these throughout our examples.

Example 1: domestic – Melbourne to Gold Coast Economy ‘Max’ return

Full price: $300 (base Economy fare: $130 + ‘Max’ bundle: $170) (major sale fare)

Qantas earn rate: Qantas Flexible Economy

Points: 2,400

Status credits: 60 ($5/status credit)

Jetstar Domestic major promotional Economy fares are simple and valuable points and status credit earners. In this example, we’re heading to the Gold Coast direct return from Melbourne, adding the ‘Max’ add-on. This returns the Qantas Flexible Economy earn rate, and similar flight features, at a relatively low cost. The bundle cost us $170 return on top of the flights ($408 in total flights + bundle), which is what you can usually expect to pay when adding the ‘Max’ bundle to most Jetstar Economy fares across Australia.

Example 2: domestic – Melbourne <-> Perth Economy ‘Max’ return

Full price: $400 (base Economy fare: $230 + ‘Max’ bundle: $170) (major sale fare)

Qantas earn rate: Qantas Flexible Economy

Frequent flyer points: 4,400

Status credits: 80 ($5/status credit)

Example 3: Domestic – Brisbane <-> Adelaide Economy ‘Max’ return

Full price: $338 (base Economy fare: $168 + ‘Max’ bundle: $170) (major sale fare)

Qantas earn rate: Qantas Flexible Economy

Points: 2,400

Status credits: 60 ($5.60/status credit)

 

Example 4: Domestic – Sydney <-> Melbourne Economy ‘Max’ return

Full price: $288 (base Economy fare: $118 + ‘Max’ bundle: $170) (major sale fare)

Qantas earn rate: Qantas Flexible Economy

Points: 2,400

Status credits: 40 ($7.20/status Credit)

Example 5: Intl. short-haul Asia – Sydney – Bali (Denpasar) Economy ‘Max’ return

Full price: $737 (base Economy fare: $417 + ‘Max’ bundle: $320) (major sale fare)

Qantas earn rate: Qantas Flexible Economy

Frequent flyer points: 10,400

Status credits: 120 ($6.14/status credit)

Jetstar Economy major sale deals can be great points and status credit earners to Asian destinations like Bali. Here, we’ve located a major Economy sale (with good availability if flexible) and added the ‘Max’  bundle. This pulls us up to the healthy Qantas Flexible Economy earn rate – great value on a cheap fare. Here, the bundle can be had for around $300 return on top of the flights, which we’ve scored for $737 return.
When we factor in points earned (10,400) at an average Economy flight GRV (approx 1.5c/point), you’re receiving an additional $150 in value (this can be thought about as offsetting your flight cost by $150 and also bringing your status credit earn rate to a very thrifty $4/credit!). For reference, a Sydney – Melbourne reward seat costs 8,000 points in Economy, or 16,000 in Business (plus taxes).

Example 6: Intl. short-haul Asia – Sydney – Bangkok Economy ‘Max’ return

Full price: $683 (Base Economy fare: $363 + ‘Max’ bundle: $320) (major sale fare)

Qantas earn rate: Qantas Flexible Economy

Points: 10,400

Status credits: 120 ($5.70/ status credit)

As we’ve seen in Example 5, Jetstar’s major sale deals to Asian destinations represent great value. Here, we’ve found a major sale Economy fare to Bangkok return (with good availability if flexible) with the ‘Max’ add-on. This earns at the Qantas Flexible Economy rate. Here, the bundle will set you back just over $300 return in addition to the base fare ($683).
When we factor in points earned (10,400) at an average Economy flight GRV (approx 1.5c/point), you’re receiving an additional $150 in value (essentially offsetting your flight cost by about $150).

 

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