Frequent flyer points do not have an unlimited life. Your Qantas points will expire if your account is inactive for more than 18 months.

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If your points are due to expire soon, you can prevent this by earning or redeeming at least one Qantas point before this happens. Otherwise, you stand to lose your entire points balance. So, what is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to generate activity on your Qantas account and save your points?

There are many ways to earn Qantas points. You can earn points for spending as little as $1 via the Qantas Online Mall. However, the points for Online Mall purchases take 30 days to post to your account.


Points from hotel stays generally take about 4 weeks to post so it will be too late, as will points for other purchases like from Qantas online mall.

If you need to earn or redeem points urgently, there are a few options. The most popular method among our members is to purchase wine from Qantas Epiqure. You can earn points for any wine purchase, and the points are generally credited to your frequent flyer account within 24 hours.

The quickest ways to have points activity is to
1) buy some wine from Epiqure as they post within 1-2 days of purchase, regardless of when the goods are despatched.
2) fly with QF which also posts in 1-2 days.
3) Spend some points from the account as this is activity.

Another option is to redeem points for something. When spending points, they are deducted from your account instantly. Of course, you could use the points to book a flight… but the cheapest method is to order a replacement Qantas Frequent Flyer card.

Get the account holder to order a new Qantas Frequent Flyer Card, this should cost 1,000 points.

There is a common misconception that transferring points into or out of the account will extend their life. This is not the case, as family transfers do not count as activity.

Family transfers do not affect the points expiry date.

If your Qantas points have already expired, you may able to claim them back by requesting a Qantas points reinstatement challenge. But this is not a published benefit and is not guaranteed. So, it’s much better to prevent your frequent flyer points from expiring in the first place.

Any easy way to keep track of your points and make sure they don’t expire is to link your frequent flyer account to Award Wallet. This online tool will warn you if your points are due to expire soon.

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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 [email protected]