Noob question: about family travel and points | Australian Frequent Flyer
Australian Frequent Flyer

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource since 1998!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.

Joining AFF is fast, simple & absolutely free - register now and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.

Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)

Noob question: about family travel and points

Status
Not open for further replies.

Johninperth

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 29, 2014
Messages
12
Hello All,
I have been slow on the uptake and therefore new to the frequent flyer world. The question I have is this; do I need a frequent flyer account for my wife and two children to obtain points for our combined travel? When I have booked travel for us as a group there doesn't appear to be provisions to enter four account numbers, and from what I understand you cannot accrue points except the person listed on the frequent flyer account.
Any help would be much appreciated
John
 

mannej

AFF Supporter
Joined
Mar 16, 2009
Messages
9,545
Hello All,
I have been slow on the uptake and therefore new to the frequent flyer world. The question I have is this; do I need a frequent flyer account for my wife and two children to obtain points for our combined travel? When I have booked travel for us as a group there doesn't appear to be provisions to enter four account numbers, and from what I understand you cannot accrue points except the person listed on the frequent flyer account.
Any help would be much appreciated
John
Which airline are you flying, as that will dictate the answer.
 

medhead

Suspended
Joined
Feb 13, 2008
Messages
18,994
Flights
My Map
Yes. You need a frequent flyer account for each individual who is flying. You enter their numbers against each passenger in the booking. This applies regardless of airline, with frequent flyer programs.

Of the two main domestic airlines there is a slight variation both of them allow collection if the points to each individual account. On Qantas you are able to transfer points between family members, but status credits remain with the member. Virgin Australia has a system called family pooling, where points and/or status credits can be automatically transferred to one account once the member earns them.

With Qantas you need to make sure you have activity in all accounts once every 18 months. Family transfers don't count as activity. It is possible to obtain free Qantas membership via various means. Just ask how if required. Virgin offer free membership.
 

Johninperth

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 29, 2014
Messages
12
Thank you so much for the rapid and detailed responses! Looks like a great community. I now have virgin and Qantas FF for my wife and I but not my two kids. I find it really strange that there isn't a 'family' membership where I can claim points for the four of us on one card, instead of transferring the points from my other three members to myself.
 

medhead

Suspended
Joined
Feb 13, 2008
Messages
18,994
Flights
My Map
Virgin family pooling is effectively a family card. But it does require an account for each person. Otherwise, i guess handling status credits is probably the big impediment to a family card, for Qantas.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

AFF on Air Podcast

  • jb747’s Stellar Career with Qantas – AIR013
    Sat, 15 Jun 2019 03:00:41 AEST
      In this special edition of the podcast, Matt chats to John Bartels (a.k.a. jb747) about his flying career with Qantas, the A380, the QF30 incident, flight training, retirem ...
  • Cheap Virgin Australia Business Class – AIR012
    Sat, 01 Jun 2019 03:05:28 AEST
      Find out how to get cut-price Virgin Australia Business Class tickets by buying and redeeming Etihad Guest miles! This episode also includes some listener Q&A and an interv ...
  • Star Alliance Status – AIR011
    Sat, 18 May 2019 09:39:41 AEST
      Find out how to easily earn Star Alliance Gold status with several different frequent flyer programs! This episode also includes an interview with John Blom, Australia’s ...
  • Premium Economy – AIR010
    Sat, 04 May 2019 00:21:32 AEST
      Premium Economy is a great compromise if you want a more comfortable experience than Economy, without paying for Business or First class airfares! In this episode, AFF’s ...
  • Hyperinflation of Points – AIR009
    Sat, 20 Apr 2019 04:49:59 AEST
      Frequent flyer points are a valuable currency, but they aren’t immune from hyperinflation! In this episode, Matt discusses why frequent flyer points are a terrible long-t ...

Community Statistics

Threads
81,624
Messages
1,885,266
Members
49,510
Latest member
kctt
Top