Qantas allows frequent flyers to transfer their points to family members, but while the process is relatively simple there are a few cautions and caveats. Here's what you need to know.
1. Transfers are free but must be between family members
Close friends might be tempted to bail each other out, but the Qantas Frequent Flyer Terms & Conditions keep points transfers between ‘eligible family members’.
You’re clear to transfer points to (or inherit points from) anyone below:
- Husband, wife, domestic partner and de facto
- Your parents, step-parents and birth, foster and step-children
- Brothers and sisters, including half-siblings
- Grandparents and grandchildren
- The in-laws: your son, daughter, brother, sister, father and mother in-law
- Uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces
- First cousins
Points transfers are processed instantly through either the Qantas website or over the phone to the Frequent Flyer Service Centre, although a $35 fee applies to each transfer made over the phone while online transfers are free.
Qantas doesn’t routinely ask for proof of your relationship, but be prepared to provide it if requested.
2. Members can share up to 600,000 points every 12 months
You can share as many as 600,000 points among family members every 12 months, provided each transfer is more than 5,000 points.
This means you could send up to 600,000 points to a single person or divide your points bounty between several relatives – as long as you keep your total outgoings within that limit.
3. Family transfers don’t stop points from expiring
A Qantas Frequent Flyer member will lose all their points if the account is inactive – if no points are earned or spent – after 18 months.
Most frequent flyers don't have to bother with this – using your Qantas partner credit card, Qantas Cash card or Woolworths Everyday Rewards Card are easy ways to add a few points to your account, which keeps it alive for another 18 months.
However, the accounts of children and people living outside of Australia are more susceptible to that ticking time-bomb.
And unlike most other activity, transferring points to a dormant account doesn’t reset the timer on that account.
For example: if you last earned or redeemed Qantas Points in December 2014 but receive a generous gift from a family member on June 30 2016, you’d see all of your points disappear on July 1.
That includes all points received on the day prior, so tread carefully.
In the case of children, redeem some of their points for your next award, or transfer your own points across before redeeming them from the child’s account.
That redemption will reset the expiry timer, although you might consider transferring their points across to yourself for an early holiday.
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