Membership to the Qantas Club lounge program typically costs upwards of $700, based on the $99 joining fee (as at May 2021) and a one-year membership charge of $600 – although you can also sign up for two and four years at $1,00 and $2,000 respectively.
That's a hefty hit, but there's a way to get Qantas Club lounge membership for free – and it's not only totally legit, but you may already qualify.
How to get free Qantas Club lounge membership
In addition to the paid Qantas Club scheme and its popular Qantas Frequent Flyer program, Qantas also runs what it calls a Points Club for people who earn most of their Qantas Points on the ground, rather than by flying.
And that's surprisingly easy to do, especially through savvy use of a Qantas-affiliated credit card, as well as online shopping with Qantas-partnered retail outlets.
(Expert tip: install the free Qantas Shopping Points-Prompter plug-in for your Chrome, Firefox or Safari web browser to see a pop-up notification when you're browsing an online store which lets you earn Qantas Points with every purchase.)
On top of that you've got the Qantas-Woolworths Rewards partnership to earn Qantas Points through grocery shopping and the Qantas-BP alliance for earning Qantas Points when you fill the tank with petrol.
Of course, choosing the right Qantas-partnered credit card can see well over 100,000 Qantas Points headed your way as a sign-up bonus, and you can also transfer reward points from many cards into Qantas Points (albeit with a limit of 125,000 points at a time).
Qantas Points Club offers free Qantas Club access
All of those points in your account go towards unlocking free membership to the Qantas Points Club.
The entry-level Points Club is yours when you earn 150,000 Qantas Points in your membership year, and this comes with a number of benefits such as two Qantas Club lounge invitations.
But if you can manage to rake in 350,000 Qantas Points in your membership year, you'll be upgraded to the higher Points Club Plus tier – and one of the key perks of Points Club Plus is free Qantas Club membership.
It's really that simple, and you could be surprised at how many Qantas Points you can earn in a year – especially if you get a little 'point savvy' in your approach to using credit cards, shopping and other everyday points earning opportunities.
Also read: Is Qantas Club membership worth the price?