How to earn Qantas status credits on flights booked with points

Qantas Points Club members can notch up status credits on Qantas Classic Reward flights: here's how it's done.

By Chris Chamberlin, November 9 2020
How to earn Qantas status credits on flights booked with points

Members of the relatively new Qantas Points Club can earn status credits across a raft of flights, when booking their journey using Qantas Points.

In recent years, only flights purchased with actual money have given status as a reward: but now, this perk extends to eligible Qantas Classic Reward flight bookings as well, when the traveller is a Points Club member at the time they fly.

When planning your next trip – whenever that may be – here’s how to earn those all-important status credits, when using your Qantas Points to book flights.

How to qualify for Qantas Points Club

Unlike Qantas Club, an airport lounge program for which membership can be bought, Qantas Points Club must be earned.

Qantas Frequent Flyer members who notch up 150,000 eligible Qantas Points during their 12-month membership year get the standard Qantas Points Club tier, while those earning 350,000 eligible Qantas Points (or more) over the same period get Qantas Points Club Plus.

‘Eligible’ Qantas Points are primarily those earned on the ground, including from sources such as credit cards, hotels, car hire, BP fuel, Woolworths supermarkets, and so on. Up to 125,000 Qantas Points are counted per earning transaction.

A maximum of 20,000 Qantas Points earned from flying can also contribute to your Qantas Points Club tally each year.

Points received via family transfers, Qantas Business Rewards transfers, Qantas 'loyalty bonuses' and the like don't count towards your tally, although purchases of top-up Qantas Points do count in full, including if the number of points purchased exceeds 125,000 in a single transaction.

Your Points Club membership year aligns with your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership year, and you can check how many eligible Qantas Points you’ve earned in your current membership year via the Qantas website:

You won’t begin earning status credits on Qantas Classic Reward flights until you’re at least an entry-level Points Club member, so if you’re close to that threshold and plan to take a reward flight, it could be worth making the effort to earn those final few points before that journey begins.

Also read: Your guide to Qantas Points Club

Which reward flights can you earn status credits on?

Booked your reward flight using Qantas Points? As a Points Club member, you’ll be able to earn status credits when you travel, if you’ve booked that trip on a QF flight number.

For the most part, QF-coded flights booked using points are those operated by Qantas itself: that is, aboard an aircraft with a kangaroo on the tail.

Although Qantas sells codeshare flights on airlines like Emirates and Fiji Airways to full fare-paying passengers, these cannot normally be booked using Qantas Points on a QF flight number.

Instead, using Qantas Points to book Emirates flights normally finds an EK flight number on your ticket; or with Fiji Airways, an FJ flight number – neither of which delivers status credits on points-based bookings.

However, in a small number of cases, it is indeed possible to book a Qantas (QF) flight number on a partner airline when using points, which qualifies for status credits.

Some of these options include Aircalin flights between Australia and New Caledonia (Noumea); LATAM flights between Australia, New Zealand and Santiago; Solomon Airlines flights between Australia and Honiara; Air Tahiti Nui flights between Auckland and Tahiti, and more.

These bookings, like most others, can be made via the Qantas website – but of course, Australia's ongoing international travel ban will hamper these opportunities in the short term.

Reward flights booked on Jetstar are not eligible for status credits.

Earning status credits on domestic reward flights

Status credit earning rates on points-based reward flight bookings differ from paid tickets: but on domestic flights, these are still calculated based on the distance flown.

Here’s how many status credits you could earn per one-way flight, when travelling on a Classic Reward booking as a Qantas Points Club member (as travel restrictions permit):

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

For example, take a return business class trip from Sydney to Perth – when state border restrictions permit – and you’d bring home 64 status credits, when your flight was booked using Qantas Points.

Earning status credits on international reward flights in Asia Pacific

Although Qantas' international network is currently at a standstill, when international flights are indeed available across the South West Pacific, you'll again be able to earn status credits on Classic Reward bookings.

This includes destinations across New Zealand, Asia, Hawaii, and various Pacific Islands – here's what you could earn per one-way flight as a Qantas Points Club member, when travelling on a QF flight number booked using points.

Route / cabin

First class

Business class

Premium economy

Economy

Australia to Noumea

N/A

24 status credits

N/A

11 status credits

East coast Australia to NZ, Fiji, PNG

N/A

32 status credits

20 status credits

15 status credits

East coast Australia to Asia (all routes)

54 status credits

48 status credits

30 status credits

22 status credits

Sydney to Honolulu

N/A

56 status credits

35 status credits

26 status credits

Unlike domestic flights where the earn rate is based on the number of miles flown, international flights instead use ‘regions’ when it comes to calculating status credits, but are still broadly based on how far you fly.

First class and premium economy are not available on all routes, as some aircraft are equipped with business class and economy only.

Earning status credits on long-distance international reward flights

If places like Africa, The Americas or London form part of your future travel plans, here’s how many status credits you'd be able to earn per one-way flight (as a Qantas Points Club member on a points-based booking), when these routes resume:

Route vs cabin

First class

Business class

Premium economy

Economy

Sydney to Sth Africa, Chile;
Singapore to London

72 status credits

64 status credits

40 status credits

30 status credits

Australia to Vancouver, LA, San Francisco

81 status credits

72 status credits

45 status credits

33 status credits

Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth

90 status credits

80 status credits

50 status credits

37 status credits

Perth to London

N/A

96 status credits

60 status credits

45 status credits

East coast Australia to Chicago, New York, London

126 status credits

112 status credits

70 status credits

52 status credits

Los Angeles to New York

N/A

32 status credits

20 status credits

15 status credits

These earning rates include journeys with stopovers but which continue as a single flight number, such as QF11 from Sydney to New York via Los Angeles, on which a business class passenger would normally be able to earn 112 status credits, one way.

Where there’s a change in flight number en route, such as when travelling from Melbourne to Los Angeles aboard QF93 and connecting onward to New York aboard QF11, each flight is instead calculated separately.

When those flights do indeed return to service, a business class passenger would earn 72 status credits for the Melbourne-Los Angeles leg, plus 32 status credits for the Qantas-operated Los Angeles-New York flight, for a total of 104 status credits.

To see how many status credits you could earn on routes not covered above, check here on the Qantas website.

What do these status credits count towards?

Status credits earned by Qantas Points Club members taking eligible reward flights contribute towards the following tallies:

  • Retaining an existing frequent flyer tier, such as Qantas Silver.
  • Moving up to the next frequent flyer tier, such as from Silver to Gold.
  • Lifetime status, such as to reach Qantas Lifetime Silver, Lifetime Gold or Lifetime Platinum.
  • Qantas Loyalty Bonus, offering a further reward of 8,000 Qantas Points or 50 status credits, for every 500 status credits earned on Qantas or Jetstar flight numbers per membership year (capped at 2,000 status credits per year).
  • Qantas Platinum Bonus Reward, where members can choose between Qantas Gold membership for a friend of 50,000 bonus Qantas Points, after earning 2,400 status credits in one membership year from Qantas and Jetstar flights.
  • Qantas Platinum One Bonuses, delivering 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you earn 5,000 status credits on Qantas and Jetstar flight numbers in a single membership year, and 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you reach 7,000 status credits in the same year from Qantas and Jetstar flights.

Through Points Club, Points Club Plus members have the added ability to ‘roll over’ up to 100 of the status credits they’ve already earned into their next membership year, as an aid towards their future frequent flyer status.

As these status credits have already been earned, they are not counted a second time towards things like the member’s lifetime status tally, the Qantas Loyalty Bonus, or the Platinum and Platinum One bonuses.

However, they can be used to help retain an existing tier or move up to the next tier, except for Qantas Platinum One, to which ‘rolled over’ status credits do not contribute, either for earning or retaining Platinum One status.

Platinum One members can still rely on status credits earned from eligible reward flights to retain their tier in the year those status credits were originally earned: ditto Platinum members hoping to move up to Platinum One.

Also read: Qantas eyes more status credit opportunities at BP, Woolworths

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.

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

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Missed the original spill and info when this program is launched in March but that’s why I read ET to know what I am (potentially) missing out.

Not a big ask for the regular business user but will probably need a major realignment in point earning strategy for the normal punter or family to generate average 13k points per month  or whatever way to earn 150k points within 12 months to qualify (presumably points earned simultaneously via loyalty card and credit card for the same transaction is eligible) 

Interesting move by QFF and considering this was planned and happened before the Pandemic hits the travel industry hard, a fortuitous strategy as well.


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