Earn double Qantas Points on international flights until 7 May 2018

Qantas is offering double Qantas Points on eligible international Qantas and Emirates flights booked with a QF flight number.

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Qantas is offering double Qantas Points on eligible international Qantas and Emirates operated flights booked with a QF flight number.

Eligible flights include:

  • Qantas operated international flights with a QF flight number* between Australia and New Zealand, Singapore, Bangkok or London, or;
  • Emirates operated international flights with a QF flight number* between Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa or the UK.

To participate in this offer, simply register on the Qantas website and make a booking before midnight on 7 May 2018 for travel between 21 May 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Qantas giving away 30 million Qantas Points in October

Qantas Frequent Flyer is giving away 30 million Qantas Points during October 2017.

It’s not too late to join Qantas Frequent Flyer’s 30 million Qantas Points giveaway. Simply download the Qantas Assure app and tap on the ’30M Points Giveaway’ promotion. This works even if you don’t have an eligible Qantas Assure health insurance policy. 

You’ll be rewarded with 30 Qantas Points each day you take more than 8,000 steps, as measured by your connected Apple Watch or Fitbit. That’s a total of around 900 Qantas Points up for grabs if you complete all the challenges.

Good luck and get stepping!

Double Qantas Points on flights to Europe

Qantas is offering double points on bookings made before 9 September 2017 for travel to Europe.

Qantas is offering double points on bookings made before 9 September 2017 for travel to Europe between 18 September 2017 and 6 September 2018 on eligible flights.

The offer is for Qantas marketed flights with a QF flight number, operated by Qantas or Emirates.

Qantas has announced its Australia to London A380 flights will operate via Singapore from March 2018, news which has delighted many frequent flyers including myself. Also launching in March 2018 is their new Qantas 787 Dreamliner service direct from Perth to London.

To participate, simply register on the Qantas website and make a booking.

Qantas bonus Status Credits on flights to Hong Kong

The competition is intensifying on flights between Australia and Hong Kong with the recent arrival of Virgin Australia. For the next 7 days, Qantas is offering 50% extra Status Credits on new bookings.

The competition is intensifying on flights between Australia and Hong Kong with the recent arrival of Virgin Australia. For the next 7 days, Qantas is offering 50% extra Status Credits on new bookings for travel between 23 August 2017 and 18 February 2018.

To participate, simply register and make a new booking between 23 and 29 August 2017, for travel between 23 August 2017 and 18 February 2018. Don’t forget to include your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number in your booking.

The 50% bonus Status Credits offer is valid on eligible flights between Australia and Hong Kong with a QF flight number (QF29/30, QF97/98, QF117/118 or QF127/128) on the ticket

Register on the Qantas website.

Qantas reward seat availability for Bronze vs Gold members

Qantas, along with many other premium airlines, reserves reward seat space for its most loyal frequent flyers. How does this actually work in practice?

Qantas, along with many other premium airlines, reserves reward seat space for its most loyal top tier frequent flyers. This is an advertised benefit of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for Silver members and above. The QFF website states Silver/Gold/Platinum members receive “preferential access to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats”. In theory, Platinum members get the most availability, followed by Gold and then Silver.

So how does this actually work in practice?

Quite well actually. And it’s an advantage of Qantas Frequent Flyer over Velocity Frequent Flyer who doesn’t offer any extra availability for reward space in premium cabins for top tier fliers.

Example: Sydney to Johannesburg

Let’s assume we want to fly Business Class from Sydney to Johannesburg in June 2018. A search using a Qantas Gold Frequent Flyer account revealed the following direct flights were available to redeem:

 Gold: Qantas Business Class reward seat space from SYD to JNB in June 2018
Gold: Qantas Business Class reward seat space from SYD to JNB in June 2018

As shown in the table, the search returned 7 flights during the month with one or more Business Class seats available.

Repeating the search using a Qantas Bronze Frequent Flyer account had the following results:

 Bronze: Qantas Business Class reward seat space from SYD to JNB in June 2018
Bronze: Qantas Business Class reward seat space from SYD to JNB in June 2018

As you can see, Qantas is following through on its advertised benefit of withholding reward space for top tier frequent flyers. Some may argue that this is unfair for people who have worked hard to stockpile large points balances, but I would also say that Qantas should focus on rewarding its most loyal members, and that is Gold/Platinum fliers.

As always, your best chance with Qantas reward seats is to get in early and keep checking.

Qantas Club access for Bronze and Silver frequent flyers

Haven’t racked up enough Status Credits yet to reach Gold or Platinum status with Qantas? No problem, here are the top ways to get lounge access.

Haven’t racked up enough Status Credits yet to reach Gold or Platinum status with Qantas yet? No problem, there are plenty of other ways to gain access to the lounge if you’re only Bronze or Silver. Here’s a summary of the top ways.

Credit card vouchers

Many Qantas Points linked credit cards offer complimentary lounge invitations as part of your annual card fee, such as American Express, ANZ, Westpac and Qantas Premiere. Some cards, such as Westpac, require you to make a minimum spend with Qantas prior to them sending the vouchers. Other cards simply require a phone call to the credit card company to confirm the address. It’s worth checking the terms of your card to see if it includes any lounge passes.

Silver lounge invitation

If you’ve reached Silver status with Qantas Frequent Flyer you’re in luck. As a Silver member you’ll receive one single entry lounge access pass that can be used domestically at Qantas Club locations or internationally in Qantas Business Lounge locations. Unfortunately third party lounges are excluded from these vouchers.

 Qantas Brisbane International Lounge (Source: Qantas)
Qantas Brisbane International Lounge (Source: Qantas)

Oneworld or Emirates status

If you’re a Oneworld Sapphire member, you’ll have access to Qantas’ network of domestic and international lounges. If it’s not printed on your boarding pass, just show your airline status card to gain entry. During peak times it’s possible you may be denied entry as per Oneworld rules, but in this case there will likely be other lounges to choose from.

Provided you’re not travelling between Australia and North/South America, your Emirates status should gain you access into Qantas lounges worldwide. Just show your Skywards card at the door.

Guest access

If you’re travelling with a friend who has status, the most convenient and cheapest option is for them to simply ‘guest’ you into the lounge. Most frequent flyer tiers offer you the ability to take one or more guests into the lounge. Qantas Gold members can bring along one guest and Qantas Platinum members can bring two. Depending on the operating airline and location, the conditions of this entry may change – so check the Qantas website for full details.

 Qantas 787 Dreamliner (Source: Qantas)
Qantas 787 Dreamliner (Source: Qantas)

Fly more often

Of course the most obvious way to get yourself guaranteed Qantas Club access is to fly more often so that you can reach Qantas Gold. Even better, if you reach Qantas Platinum you’ll score access into the Qantas Domestic Business Class lounges and International First Class lounges.

Virgin offers lounge access for Qantas Gold and Platinum members

In a surprising move, Virgin Australia is offering lounge access to Qantas Gold and Platinum Frequent Flyers who book an eligible Economy X seat.

In a surprising move, Virgin Australia is offering lounge access to Qantas Gold and Platinum Frequent Flyers who book an eligible Economy X seat for travel between 13 June 2017 and 31 August 2017.

It’s no doubt Virgin Australia is trying to lure across loyal Qantas customers who might be hesitant to start fresh with the airline due to the lack of status benefits. Buying an Economy X ticket in many routes is very cheap ($29) and will now get you most of the same benefits of being a high status customer – lounge access, a seat in the first few rows and dedicated boarding. Infact, for many routes it’s probably cheaper for Qantas customers to purchase an Economy X seat than a regular Qantas Red e-Deal.

Read my take on Virgin Australia’s new Economy X product. In summary, I think it’s an excellent product and I hope we see more differentiation like this in the future.

For full details on this promotion head to the Virgin Australia website.