New Qantas Frequent Flyer Green Tier Rewards Sustainability

New Qantas Frequent Flyer Green tier
Qantas Frequent Flyer will launch a new Green membership tier in 2022. Photo: Qantas.

Qantas will soon offer bonus points, status credits and other exclusive rewards to frequent flyers who make sustainable choices when they fly and at home through a new Qantas Frequent Flyer Green tier.

You can already earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver, Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status by earning Qantas status credits, as well as Points Club membership by earning a minimum amount of Qantas points each year. From the start of next year, you’ll also be able to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Green status by completing actions like offsetting carbon emissions, purchasing solar panels or buying wine from an eco vineyard.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that he expected the incentive of Qantas points or status credits would encourage Australians to make greener choices.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve used points to reward members for taking positive action in their own lives. We’ve seen it work when we’ve provided points for walking through our wellbeing app, while the vaccination reward has been taken up by more than 600,000 members already,” Joyce said.

“Our customers are concerned about climate change and so are we. There’s a lot of action we’re taking as an airline to reduce our emissions and that means we have the framework to help our customers offset and take other steps to reduce their own footprint.”

Rewards for Qantas Green tier members

In return for their contributions to the environment, Qantas Green tier members will be given the choice of three rewards:

  • Bonus Qantas status credits,
  • Bonus Qantas points, or
  • Qantas will purchase carbon offsets or sustainable aviation fuel on your behalf

Qantas has not yet revealed how many points or status credits will be available as the reward, but you would be rewarded annually for every year that you meet the criteria for Qantas Green status.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Green tier members are also being promised invitations to sustainability events and experiences, as well as a unique digital Qantas Frequent Flyer membership card.

The Green tier will sit alongside the existing Qantas status tiers, rather than replacing any of them. So for example, it would be possible for a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to hold Green membership as well as Platinum status and Points Club membership simultaneously.

How to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Green membership

While the Qantas Green tier will officially launch in early 2022, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can already start working towards it from today.

To earn Qantas Green status, you would need to complete actions in five out of the following six categories:

  1. Offset flying (e.g. adding a carbon offset to a flight booked on Qantas.com or contributing to sustainable aviation fuel)
  2. Sustainable travel (e.g. staying in an eco hotel)
  3. Sustainable lifestyle (e.g. offsetting your home and car, walking to work or purchasing solar panels)
  4. Choose sustainable (e.g. purchasing wine from an eco vineyard or offsetting a Qantas Wine/Rewards Store delivery)
  5. Take a quiz to learn how to reduce your impact on the environment
  6. Give back (e.g. donate to a sustainability project or organisation)

What you can do now

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can already start completing some of the actions that will contribute towards Green membership when the initiative launches early next year.

One way is to purchase a carbon offset for a flight booked on the Qantas website, which costs as little as $1 on a Sydney-Melbourne flight. Qantas matches all Fly Carbon Neutral contributions, which go towards environmental projects designed to reduce carbon emissions. Qantas Frequent Flyers can also earn 10 Qantas points per dollar on carbon offset purchases. Currently, the airline says that 11% of customers choose to offset their carbon emissions.

From today, you can also offset your home and car emissions, which would qualify as a “sustainable lifestyle” action towards Green membership. You’ll also earn 10 points per dollar for this if you choose to pay using money, or alternatively you can redeem Qantas points towards this.

Further details are expected to be released in the coming months.

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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.

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