How to add your Qantas Frequent Flyer card to Apple Wallet, Google Pay

This quick tip puts a digital Qantas membership card into your smartphone's digital wallet.

By David Flynn, June 3 2020
How to add your Qantas Frequent Flyer card to Apple Wallet, Google Pay

For many travellers, their Qantas Frequent Flyer card is almost as essential as their credit cards and passport – but the card can also be added to your Apple or Android smartphone, so that it lives in the Apple Wallet or Google Pay app.

This is different to a mobile board pass for your next flight: it's simply a digital copy of your Qantas card that's quickly and easily called up when you need to have your Qantas Frequent Flyer number swiped to earn points on a purchase, such as when buying petrol at a BP service station.

The fastest way to add your Qantas card to Apple Wallet or Google Pay is straight from your smartphone's Web browser (oddly, there's not yet a provision to add the card to Apple Wallet or Google Pay straight from within the Qantas app).

On your smartphone's browser, click to qantas.com/wallet and you'll see a button to add your Qantas Frequent Flyer card to either Apple Wallet or Google Pay, depending on if your phone is Apple or Google Android.

A digital version of your Qantas card will appear – sadly, this is currently in a generic red version, rather than a colour reflecting your lofty status (such as Silver, Gold, Platinum, or black for Chairman's Lounge). Click the Add button in the top-right corner of the screen and it's done.

Adding a digital Qantas Frequent Flyer card to Apple Wallet.
Adding a digital Qantas Frequent Flyer card to Apple Wallet.

In the case of Apple Wallet as used above, your Qantas Frequent Flyer card will now show just below any credit cards and above your boarding passes. Tap the top of the card to fully reveal it.

Using a digital Qantas Frequent Flyer card in Apple Wallet.
Using a digital Qantas Frequent Flyer card in Apple Wallet.

As it stands, this digital Qantas Frequent Flyer card is rather basic. The 'front' includes your membership number and (deleted from this screenshot) a barcode which can be scanned to enter that number as needed, such as into a retail partner's point-of-sale system. Flip the card over to access the Qantas app and enable or turn off updates and notifications.

(If for some reason you  wanted to add the digital card to your smartphone via your Windows or Mac desktop, visit the Qantas website, log into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account at the Qantas.com website and from the left side of the screen, under the tally of current points earned, click the Add card to wallet link.)

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

06 Dec 2014

Total posts 28

Worked perfectly, thank you.

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

20 Jun 2013

Total posts 29

Most helpful, many thanks.

Installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note 9, question here to use this card do I just simply tap my phone on terminal like that of the Woolworths rewards card or do I still have to scan the barcode. With the Woolworths rewards card after you do your grocery shopping, all you do is tap the phone on the EFTPOS terminal and it will automatically add your points. Many thanks David Flynn.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Jan 2016

Total posts 17

First base. But WHEN are Qantas and their financial partners going to add contactless payments to their travel money products (eg: Qantas Travel Money) attached to their Frequent Flyer cards? Part of the problem appears to be Heritage Bank who are the licensed financial provider of the QF Travel Money product - they don't seem in any hurry to add support for Apple Pay (I've been looking for multi-currency alternatives but every other product has limitations). Citibank is the licensed financial provider for the Qantas credit card range and they offer Apple Pay on their branded products but not Qantas branded products - I don't get it. For us travelling professionals, I'd much prefer to not have to carry a physical card but tap my Apple Watch to pay in any supported currency and scan my QF FF card on my phone to collect points on the go. They are frustratingly behind the times...

03 Feb 2018

Total posts 70

It'd be good if Qantas Travel Money had more currencies and fairer exchange rates. For example, the Nordic currencies aren't included on it. And those countries are increasingly cashless. Qantas card also doesn't carry Czech Korunas, Polish Zloty, any South American currencies or South African Rand.

An alternative, an alternative is TransferWise. It has all those currencies, it also gives you a bank account for some countries (UK, US, Singapore, etc.) and you lose less money when you transfer with them than Qantas as they give mid-market rates. I think Remitly, World Remit, Revolut, Xoom, etc. would offer a similar quality product to TransferWise.

As it stands, these are some way ahead of Qantas, which should take some lessons from them.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Jan 2016

Total posts 17

Thanks for your post. More currencies always welcome, though for me that's less the issue as I'm mostly in the countries covered by QFTM. Absolutely re: exchange rates, however I'm guessing they are less favourable because of the cost to Heritage Bank to buy the FF points from Qantas.

I've looked at alternatives - but I don't think Transferwise supports Apple Pay? I also signed up to Wirex but no Apple Pay (they say it's coming). I looked at Revolut too, but they can't currently accept customers in Australia due to a financial services licence issue (which is being resolved apparently). I looked at Spend, but I think they've stopped their consumer products now and are focussed on business. I really want a solution that has Apple Pay and can allow me to keep the physical card somewhere else - I've digitised everything else and no longer carry a wallet, this is my final frontier :-).


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