Seven easy ways to earn Qantas status credits

Travelling on a Qantas flight is just one of many ways to earn status credits, and climb through the Gold and Platinum ranks.

By Chris Chamberlin, November 25 2020
Seven easy ways to earn Qantas status credits

Looking to move up the frequent flyer ladder, through Qantas’ Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One tiers? Whatever your goal, you’ll need status credits to achieve it.

Status credits aren’t difficult to earn, and by keeping your eyes peeled for new opportunities to boost your balance, you’ll be enjoying perks like airport lounge access in no time.

Earning status credits on paid flights

While frequent flyer points can be earned in a variety of ways, status credits originally served to measure each traveller’s progress towards frequent flyer status with Qantas, and initially, could only be earned from flying.

Qantas has since expanded the ways in which status credits can be earned, but flying with Qantas and its partner airlines remains the key way to accrue status credits.

Earning status credits on Qantas, Jetstar flights

Whether you’re sitting up the front or right down the back, Qantas status credits can be earned on every commercial Qantas airfare, to any destination.

As you’d expect, you’ll earn more status credits on longer flights and on higher-priced tickets, versus shorter hops taken on discounted fares. To see how many status credits you’ll earn on your next Qantas flight, click here.

Earning status credits on Jetstar flights works a little differently, as Jetstar doesn’t offer status credits (or Qantas Points) by default, unless a passenger has purchased an eligible add-on bundle with their flight – such as a Plus Bundle or Max Bundle, which includes status credits.

Australian travellers who don’t purchase these add-ons won’t earn status credits on their Jetstar flight, regardless of the ticket price or their frequent flyer status.

Read more: How to earn Qantas status credits on Jetstar flights

Earning status credits on partner airline flights

As well as flights taken with Qantas – and eligible flights on Jetstar – status credits may also be earned when travelling on one of Qantas’ many partner airlines.

On journeys booked under a ‘QF’ flight number, status credits are earned as though Qantas itself was operating the flight: so, book China Airlines under a Qantas QF codeshare, and you’ll get the same rewards as if Qantas were taking you there.

Other flights, which have been booked under a Oneworld or Oneworld Connect flight number – such as with American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Fiji Airways and more, still earn status credits, but typically at a lower rate than a Qantas flight number would offer.

Qantas’ airline partners outside the Oneworld alliance – including Air France, China Eastern, Emirates, KLM and others – only provide status credits when booked on a QF flight number, as above.

As the earning rates can be complicated, you can again see what you’d earn on any partner airline flight by using the calculator on the Qantas website, and switching the airline from Qantas to your chosen partner, after beginning your search.

Earning status credits on flights booked using points

Normally, Qantas status credits can only be earned on paid flights: that is, where the itinerary was purchased with dollars rather than with points – but for Qantas Points Club members, status credits can also be earned on Qantas-operated reward flights.

Whether you book business class or economy using Qantas Points, you'll earn status credits as a Points Club member.
Whether you book business class or economy using Qantas Points, you'll earn status credits as a Points Club member.

This is a great way to keep your status credits flowing in, and with Qantas Points Club membership extended to those who earn at least 150,000 Qantas Points each year – primarily from activities on the ground, such as credit card spend and sign-up bonuses – getting into Points Club is within reach of many.

Once you’re a Points Club member, here’s how many status credits you can earn across Qantas’ domestic network, based on the distance of each flight, and the cabin you book:

Distance / cabin Business class Economy
750 miles or less, such as:
Sydney-Brisbane
Sydney-Melbourne
Melbourne-Adelaide
Brisbane-Canberra

16 status credits

7 status credits

751-1,500 miles, such as:
Sydney-Cairns
Brisbane-Melbourne
Perth-Broome
Adelaide-Brisbane

24 status credits

11 status credits

1,501+ miles, such as:
Sydney-Perth
Melbourne-Perth
Brisbane-Perth
Brisbane-Darwin

32 status credits

15 status credits

Points Club members can also earn status credits on Qantas international flights booked using points, although given Australia’s travel restrictions, these opportunities are currently limited.

Give your status credits a boost with loyalty bonuses

For every 500 status credits that you earn in a single membership year from Qantas and Jetstar flights, you can choose between a bonus of 8,000 Qantas Points or 50 status credits.

This opportunity is provided up to four times each membership year, and is known as the Qantas ‘loyalty bonus’.

Think of the loyalty bonus as a 10% status credits booster, every time you get to that level from travels on Qantas and Jetstar.

However, each time you become eligible for this bonus, do consider whether the bonus Qantas Points or the bonus status credits are a better fit for your needs right now.

For example, a Qantas Gold member who has already retained Gold, but won’t make it to Platinum even with an extra 50 status credits in their account, may prefer to take the points – while those closer to reaching the next tier, or retaining their membership, may find more use in the status credits.

’Double status credits’ offers

From time to time, Qantas runs short promotions to encourage new flight bookings, through which travellers can earn more status credits than they normally would, when flights are booked during the promotion period.

The bonus offer is typically between 50% and 100% – a 100% bonus being a reward of twice as many status credits as would normally be provided.

With double status credits coming your way, every one-way earns the status credits of a return trip.
With double status credits coming your way, every one-way earns the status credits of a return trip.

While these bonuses always come as a welcome top-up for members, they’re particularly appealing to travellers taking longer flights and those booking more expensive fares.

Take Sydney-Perth, as an example. Normally, a return trip on most business class fares would net 160 status credits – but when booked during a ‘double status credits’ promotion, that’s pushed to 320 status credits.

A Gold frequent flyer doing this twice would earn enough status credits to lock in a further year of Gold membership, without having to take another flight all year. Similarly, a Platinum member doing this four times in a year would comfortably hold on to Platinum for a further 12 months.

Qantas is often careful not to run ‘double status credits’ offers at the same time as significant airfare sales – to avoid people paying less than usual, and getting a reward much higher than the norm – but these offers can be great for business travellers who have company bookings to lock in.

Flight cancelled? Ask for bonus status credits

If you’ve booked Qantas flights that have been cancelled, including international flights that aren’t operating due to international travel restrictions, you may be entitled to a full cash refund of the amount paid for your ticket.

But rather than simply handing over that refund, Qantas may decide to offer an incentive, for customers that take a voucher rather pushing for cashback.

Some Executive Traveller readers have reported offers of double status credits from Qantas, or a fixed bonus (such as 100 status credits), if they opted for a Qantas travel voucher in lieu of a cash refund.

Whether this option holds more appeal will depend on the passenger and their upcoming travel plans: but for those who’d be booking new flights to other destinations anyway, any opportunity to earn bonus status credits isn’t one to be ignored.

Pocket status credits via your credit card

One of the newer ways to earn Qantas status credits is from an eligible credit card.

In some cases, these come as a one-off bonus on selected cards, such as the Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard, which currently provides 75 bonus Status Credits when you apply by February 24 2021 and make your first eligible purchase by March 24 2021.

Choose the right credit card, and a purchase on the ground can earn you status credits, without leaving home.
Choose the right credit card, and a purchase on the ground can earn you status credits, without leaving home.

On other cards, such as the Qantas Premier Titanium Mastercard, the offer of extra status credits instead comes when you book Qantas flights using that card: with these customers earning 20% more status credits on Qantas flight bookings made directly using their Titanium card.

Also read: Best Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up offers

Some Qantas Frequent Flyer members have also received a targeted offer this month, promising status credits as a reward for manually converting credit card points into Qantas Points: but this is an option for relatively few cardholders, as most Qantas-earning credit cards require the automatic monthly earning of Qantas Points, rather than manual points conversions.

Earn extra status credits through special offers

On occasion, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn status credits in ways that wouldn’t normally be possible.

Here’s an example: because many Qantas cardholders aren’t able to travel as they did prior to COVID-19, the airline is crediting them with 50% of the status credits needed to retain their current tier level, when their next membership year begins.

For Platinum frequent flyers – who require 1,200 status credits each year to retain that status – this amounts to a one-off bonus of 600 status credits.

Read more: Qantas gives grounded frequent flyers bonus status credits

Other recent opportunities have been a bonus of 10 status credits just for joining BP Rewards and linking that account to your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership, plus up to 40 status credits based on purchases made before June 30 2020.

For a short period, Qantas was also providing 10 status credits every time a member earned Qantas Points via Woolworths Rewards – through which, 2,000 Woolworths Points convert into 1,000 Qantas Points – but like BP, this was also a promotion only (and was similarly capped at 50 status credits).

Even though these offers have ended, it pays to keep your eyes peeled for promotions that could boost your status credits haul: helping to retain your current tier, move up to the next level, or even just push your lifetime tally of status credits ever higher.

Also read: Is there a Qantas status match for Velocity frequent flyers?

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

23 Feb 2015

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There is nothing more irritating (in the ff context) than getting the email from Qantas saying status credits are available for converting credit card points manually when you have an auto redeem card. It feels like a penalty for giving up choice.

23 Jul 2017

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Isn't it fun to know bonus points are available AFTER an event, e.g. Woolworths (loosely called) "rewards" system. I shop at that spermarket every week and have yet to get any form of "bonus.


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