How to claim missing Qantas frequent flyer points after flying

By Chris Chamberlin, May 22 2017

When you fly with Qantas or one of its many partner airlines, your frequent flyer points will normally land in your account within a few weeks of travel – often, it’s much faster than that, but occasionally, those points just never show up!

If you haven’t received your frequent flyer points (and those all-important status credits) after a reasonable amount of times has passed, you’ll instead need to file a ‘missing points claim’, but it’s easily done online.

Qantas Frequent Flyer: Claiming your missing frequent flyer points

To get started with your claim, head to the Qantas website, login to your Frequent Flyer account and then visit the main ‘your account’ page.

There, you’ll find a ‘claim missing points’ button near the top – just click it.

That brings up a claim form where you can enter the details of your Qantas flight or a flight you took with most of Qantas’ partner airlines including Emirates, American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific.

Then, simply fill in your travel date, where you flew and your email address, being sure to also enter the flight number that you booked, even if it was a codeshare journey.

For instance, if you flew from Sydney to Dubai with Emirates but booked your trip under a codeshare flight number like QF8413, you would need to select ‘QF - Qantas’ from the drop down list and enter the number as ‘8413’, rather than choosing ‘EK - Emirates’ and keying in ‘413’.

(Qantas flight QF8413 is a codeshare booking on Emirates flight EK413, but rather than selecting the airline you actually flew with and the ‘normal’ flight number, you need to enter what you booked: in this case, Qantas flight QF8413.)

Claiming your missing Qantas Points: more tips

Qantas Frequent Flyer may contact you to request a photo of your boarding pass and/or a copy of your reservation, so keep both of those things handy until your frequent flyer points have appeared in your account.

You can use this method to claim missing points from flights you’ve taken in the past 12 months, so don’t feel you need to rush in and lodge a claim if your points are only a week or so behind schedule.

If you weren’t a Qantas Frequent Flyer member at the time you flew and have since signed-up, you can also claim points for flights taken in the 30 days prior to your joining date, getting your points pile off to a good start.

Claims for missing points from Qantas flights are normally processed within three business days but claims for partner airlines may take up to 28 days to clear, with the results of your claim (and any points owed) appearing on your frequent flyer activity statement.

Occasionally, the system may say ‘no record of travel’ – even if you did indeed take the flight – in which case you should contact the Qantas Frequent Flyer team to make your claim.

That’s also the approach to take if the name on your ticket doesn’t exactly match the one on your frequent flyer profile, or if your name was entered in the incorrect order during the booking process: such as by having your first name where your surname should be and vice versa.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2017

Total posts 87

From when I did this a  few years ago, I found that points & status credits are not back dated to the date of flight. They are instead credited on the date you applied for the claim of missing points. Can come in handy when trying to keep your current status if taking a flight a day or two before your anniversary.
If you are silver for instance, and haven't taken any flights in that year, but have a lot coming up, it might be better to essentially delay them. I did this once, albeit by accident.  

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 May 2017

Total posts 5

I tried the exact same thing last month for my roll over date and they credited the points and credits for the day of travel not the day of the claim! A bit disappointing but not unexpected... still good for the lifetime credits 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 72

I also tested this last year and the status credits were back dated to the date of the flight so it looks like they have closed this loophole.

On a different topic, is there an easy way to claim missing points for Iberia? It is not possible to do this using the process outlined above as Iberia does not appear in the drop down menu. Does anyone know the reason for this?

Last year I wasn't credited with points for an Iberia flight and even with Qantas Platinum it took just over 5 months for the points to finally credit and it involved contacting Qantas on 6 different occasions (I tried facebook, phone, email). I find whenever there is a problem with points (especially bonus points and bonus status credit offers) it is impossible to get it resolved quickly and without having to contact Qantas multiple times. Does anyone else have this same problem?

I also find it extraordinary that you need to retain the boarding pass so that you have proof that you were on the flight. Based on that logic you could book a flexible ticket, take the flight, then ask for a refund and claim you were never on the flight (because evidently airlines don't actually know whether a customer has flown or not).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

03 Feb 2017

Total posts 1

I tried claiming missing points and SC for two recent return flights from the US on CX flights to be told 'the fare type you purchased with our partner airline is in a booking class that isn't eligible to earn Qantas Points.' This despite the outgoing (same booking) being credited previously.

I am platinum and received a generous (!) 2250 points & 15 SC for BNE-HKG and 3750 points and 40 SC for HKG-ORD. Absolutely zero for coming home.

A call centre rant is imminent.

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