How to Earn Qantas Status

Qantas Frequent Flyer status is the gateway to a more enjoyable travel experience with Qantas and its partner airlines. Earn Qantas status and you’ll enjoy perks like lounge access, bonus points, more upgrades, extra baggage allowance and many more benefits! You’ll also be able to skip the airport queues with access to priority check-in, security and boarding lanes.

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Every Qantas Frequent Flyer member starts out with a Bronze card. To earn Qantas status, you’ll need to accumulate enough status credits during your personal membership year, which is based on the month you joined the program.

Your Qantas status credits balance will reset to zero at the end of each membership year. Status credits are separate to frequent flyer points and, with some limited exceptions, can only be earned by flying. But there are a few shortcuts!


There are four Qantas status levels – Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One. The benefits increase with each new tier. Upon reaching Qantas Silver status, you’ll receive priority check-in, extra baggage allowance and an annual Qantas Club lounge pass. Qantas Frequent Flyers with Gold and higher status receive complimentary Qantas Club and international Business Class lounge access, among many other benefits. The domestic Business Class and international First Class lounges are reserved for Platinum and Platinum One members.

When you earn status with Qantas, you’ll also receive reciprocal status benefits with Oneworld airlines. Qantas Silver, Gold and Platinum is equivalent to Oneworld Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald status, respectively. This means your loyalty will also be recognised when flying with Oneworld airlines including Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, American Airlines, Japan Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines.

Oneworld member airlines
Oneworld member airlines

 

Earning Qantas status credits

This table shows the number of Qantas status credits required per membership year to qualify for, or retain, Qantas Frequent Flyer status:

Silver Gold Platinum

Platinum One

oneworld equivalent

oneworld Ruby

oneworld Sapphire oneworld Emerald

oneworld Emerald

Status Credits to earn

300

700 1,400

3,600

Status Credits to retain

250

600 1,200

3,600

Minimum “QF” marketed flights

4 flights

4 flights 4 flights

2,700 status credits

Lifetime status

7,000

14,000 75,000

N/A

In addition, to earn Qantas status you’ll need to take at least 4 Qantas or Jetstar flights within each membership year. Qantas codeshare flights operated by partner airlines also count, as long as the flight number on your ticket starts with “QF”. Jetstar flights only count if you’re purchased a Plus or Max Bundle with your ticket.

So, how many status credits do you earn per flight? This depends on:

  • The route
  • The (marketing) airline
  • The fare class

In general, you’ll earn more status credits on longer flights and on more expensive tickets. For example, you’ll earn 10 status credits on a cheap Qantas red-e-deal Economy ticket from Melbourne to Sydney. But you’d earn 20 status credits with a Flexible Economy ticket or 40 status credits for Business class on the same route. On a longer flight, such as Sydney to London or New York, you would earn 70 status credits on a cheap Economy ticket or as many as 420 status credits each way if travelling in First class.

You can find out how many status credits you’ll earn for your flight by using the Qantas points calculator or studying the labyrinth of airline earning tables on the Qantas website. If you’re flying with a partner airline, check to see which earn rate applies to your fare class, and note that some fare classes don’t earn any Qantas points or status credits!

You won’t earn any status credits for flights booked using points, unless you’re a Qantas Points Club member and flying on a Qantas marketed reward flight with a “QF” flight number.

 

How to earn more status credits

Generally speaking, you’ll earn more Qantas status credits for Qantas flights with “QF” flight numbers than for bookings with Oneworld partner airlines. You’ll also earn status credits at a higher rate when you book a more expensive fare or travel in a higher cabin class. Here are some tips and tricks to increase the number of status credits you earn…


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Why fly direct, when you can connect?

As this old saying on Australian Frequent Flyer goes, flying indirect can yield greater returns. You’ll earn status credits for every single flight you take, so taking an indirect routing means more status credits! It’s often the same price – sometimes even cheaper – to choose a route with more stops.

Status runs

If your planned travel is going to leave you just a little bit short of the next status level, you can book what’s known as a “status run”. This is where you travel somewhere purely to earn status credits. If you’re going to do this, you’ll want to make sure the benefits of the higher status tier outweigh the cost on the flights!

Popular Qantas status runs include Qantas Business class sale fares from Australia to Denpasar or Christchurch. There are also some good Oneworld status run options in south-east Asia flying Malaysia Airlines, and British Airways Business class within South Africa can be a great little earner.

For more, see our list of the best Qantas status runs.

“Double status credit” offers

In past years, Qantas has run 2-3 “double status credits” promotions per year. Any Qantas flights booked during these promotional periods will earn twice as many status credits. So by taking advantage of these deals, you could earn Qantas status with half the normal amount of flying!

Unfortunately, public double status credit offers from Qantas are now much less common. But they still exist, with the most recent Qantas double status credits offer released in February 2020. To supplement the public offers, Qantas has been sending out targeted, member-specific offers of 50% bonus Qantas status credits on flights to certain destinations. If you would like to receive a targeted status credits offer, make sure you’ve opted-in to receiving emails from Qantas Frequent Flyer.

Comfort seats

Buying a comfort seat gives you a guaranteed empty neighbour seat on the plane. This product is designed for larger passengers that need a bit more space, but it’s also a little-known method of earning more points and status credits! When buying a comfort seat, you won’t pay any taxes for the second seat but you will earn the points and status credits for it. To book a comfort seat, you would need to call the airline.

Qantas Loyalty Bonus

Each time you earn 500 status credits from Qantas and Jetstar flights, you’ll be offered a loyalty bonus (up to 4 times per year). You can choose a bonus of 50 status credits or 8,000 frequent flyer points. By using your loyalty bonuses to your advantage, you could earn Qantas Frequent Flyer status with fewer status credits than would otherwise be required.

Bonus status credits with Qantas Premier Titanium credit card

If you have a Qantas Premier Titanium credit card, you can earn 20% bonus status credits on Qantas flights booked using your card. This benefit applies to flights that are marketed and operated by Qantas. However, this card has an expensive annual fee of $1,200 and a minimum income requirement of $200,000 per year.

 

Earning Qantas status credits during the COVID-19 shutdown

While the coronavirus crisis continues, many flights are grounded, borders are closed and most of us are staying at home. This makes it quite difficult to fly – and earn status credits!

In recognising this difficulty, Qantas extended the status of all Qantas Frequent Flyer members in March 2020 for 12 months. If you already had Qantas Silver, Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status in March 2020, this will be automatically extended for one year when your membership year ends. To renew your status again, you’ll still need to earn the required Qantas status credits during the next membership year.

In the meantime, Qantas is also making it possible to earn status credits on the ground with program partners. For example, you can earn up to 50 status credits with BP as a limited-time promotion until 30 June 2020.

When things return to normal, you can continue to earn status credits by flying.

 

Qantas status match challenge

If you’ve recently made the switch to Qantas Frequent Flyer and already have status with another airline, the Qantas status match challenge could be for you!

Qantas offers a “tier accelerator” to frequent flyers with Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Etihad, Singapore Airlines and other competing carriers. If you already hold the equivalent of Gold or Platinum status with another airline, you could be offered a Qantas status match which can be achieved be meeting certain criteria. You’ll be given 90 days to earn a minimum number of status credits on Qantas-operated flights:

  • Qantas Gold status challenge: Earn 200 Qantas status credits within 90 days
  • Qantas Platinum status challenge: Earn 400 Qantas status credits within 90 days

Bonus status credits earned through promotions do not generally count towards this status challenge; nor do codeshare flights operated by partner airlines.

The Qantas status match challenge is offered on a discretionary basis and is not a published offer. But if you think you’re eligible, there’s no harm in contacting the Qantas Frequent Flyer Service Centre on 13 11 31 (or +61 2 9433 2329 from outside Australia), or by emailing frequent_flyer@qantas.com.au to request a challenge.

 

Lifetime Qantas Frequent Flyer status

Once earned, your Qantas status will be valid for the rest of your current membership year, and 12 months after this. If you don’t earn enough status credits in the following membership year to renew your status, it will drop to one tier below in the following year.

But Qantas does recognise loyalty shown over a long period of time through lifetime status. If you earn 7,000 status credits over any amount of time, you’ll receive Lifetime Silver status. Lifetime Gold is earned with 14,000 lifetime status credits.

Qantas also introduced a lifetime Platinum tier in 2019, but you would need to earn 75,000 lifetime Qantas status credits to reach it. Lifetime Gold may be worth aiming for, but with such a ridiculously high target, lifetime Platinum status is not.

 

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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!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at editor@australianfrequentflyer.com.au

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