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Don’t pay $99.50 to join Qantas Frequent Flyer!

For reasons that only Qantas understands, Qantas Frequent Flyer still charges a ridiculous $99.50 joining fee to Australian residents and a NZD60 joining fee for New Zealand residents.

It’s extraordinary that any frequent flyer program would still charge any joining fee at all in 2021… if anything, given the amount of money Qantas makes from its loyalty program, and the valuable data the airline collects from its members, Qantas should be paying its members to sign up!

The good news is that you don’t need to pay to sign up. Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways to avoid paying the Qantas Frequent Flyer joining fee…

Join Qantas Frequent Flyer free as an Australian resident

If you live in Australia, the easiest way to avoid paying the $99.50 Qantas Frequent Flyer joining fee is to sign up using a “free join” link. There are plenty of these available, and you could easily find many of them with a quick Google search.

Here are a few:

Join Qantas Frequent Flyer for free using a “free join” link.

Many banks and other Qantas Frequent Flyer program partners also offer free ways for their customers to join.

Join Qantas Frequent Flyer free as a New Zealand resident

There are also a range of Qantas Frequent Flyer “free join” links for residents of New Zealand.

For example, Qantas has recently partnered with AA Smartfuel, one of New Zealand’s largest loyalty programs. As part of this arrangement, the airline has set up a “free join” page for New Zealand residents who are members of AA Smartfuel (which is free to join).

Join Qantas Frequent Flyer free as an overseas resident

If you live outside of Australia or New Zealand, Qantas will not charge you a joining fee. Simply sign up as normal on the Qantas website and enter your country of residence as somewhere outside of Australia & New Zealand.

Join Qantas Business Rewards free

If you want to sign your business up for Qantas Business Rewards, Qantas also normally charges an $89.50 joining fee for this. But, just like with its main loyalty program, there are a range of promotional links that offer free membership.

Read more: How to Join Qantas Business Rewards for Free


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
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It’s ridiculous having to pay for any FF programme. Dillusions of granduor again by Qantas and with so many so called free ways to join why even maintain a “payment” structure? Sometimes this airline totally baffles me.