Qantas Points Club guide: membership levels, perks and more

Qantas Points Club is your ticket to earning status credits on reward flights, free Qantas Club visits or membership, and more.

By Chris Chamberlin, May 25 2021
Qantas Points Club guide: membership levels, perks and more

With over 13 million members, Qantas Frequent Flyer cardholders aren't all 'frequent flyers' – more than half are 'frequent buyers' instead, who earn the bulk of their Qantas Points on the ground rather than in the air.

That's where Qantas Points Club steps in, offering benefits tailored to less-regular jetsetters, but which can still prove useful to those wider-travelled.

For example, all Qantas Points Club members can earn status credits on flights booked using Qantas Points, which may help them progress to Silver, Gold, Platinum, or even Platinum One.

Most Qantas Points earned on the ground can help reach and retain Points Club: whether that's shopping with a Qantas-partnered credit card, through partners such as Woolworths and BP, or even a spot of online shopping via hundreds of other partners.

Here's the Executive Traveller executive summary on the Qantas Points Club, and Points Club Plus.

Qantas Points Club vs Qantas Points Club Plus

Earn 150,000 Qantas Points in your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership year and you'll automatically gain Qantas Points Club membership.

Earn 350,000 Qantas Points in your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership year and you'll join the ranks of the higher-level Qantas Points Club Plus tier.

All Qantas Frequent Flyers members – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One – are automatically eligible for Points Club or Points Club Plus once they reach the necessary points threshold, and will be informed via email and through the Qantas app.

Even infrequent flyers deserve to be spoiled now and again, Qantas says.
Even infrequent flyers deserve to be spoiled now and again, Qantas says.

However, for the purposes of Qantas Points Club membership, most of your annual points will need to come from buying rather than flying.

Only 20,000 Qantas Points from flying in any QFF membership year will count towards your Points Club membership.

There's also a maximum of 125,000 'qualifying' points per transaction (for example, if you lob 150,000 points from a Qantas-partnered credit card into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account in one go, only 125,000 of those points will count towards Points Club membership).

Qantas Points received through the Loyalty Bonus, the Platinum or Platinum One bonus reward, a family transfer or Qantas Business Rewards transfer will not count towards Points Club or Points Club Plus membership.

Purchasing top-up Qantas Points does count towards your Points Club or Points Club Plus membership, but with prices ranging from $56 for 1,000 Qantas Points to $3,999 for 150,000 Qantas Points, you're better of leaving this as a last resort.

Qantas Points Club benefit: lounge passes

Points Club members will receive two complimentary lounge passes each year.

For the time being, these passes can be used at domestic Qantas Club lounges, as well as Qantas International Business lounges where available – a roster that exclusively features Brisbane, for now.

Qantas Points Club members will receive two free lounge passes each year.
Qantas Points Club members will receive two free lounge passes each year.

With only the Qantas First Lounges open at Sydney and Melbourne international airports, one-off passes are not currently accepted at these locations, leaving passholders lounge-less when departing internationally from these cities.

For those venturing to New Zealand, Qantas is also yet to reopen its own-brand lounges across the ditch – instead relying on the lounges of Air New Zealand, for passengers travelling back to Australia – so for the most part, these passes are best-used domestically, or when heading overseas (or to Norfolk Island) from Brisbane.

Free Qantas Club membership

Points Club Plus members receive complimentary Qantas Club membership, granting complimentary and unlimited access to domestic Qantas Club lounges when travelling with Qantas or Jetstar.

Unlike single-use lounge passes, Qantas Club members can also visit the Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne as a temporary measure, while the International Business Lounges at these locations are closed.

Qantas Club membership also normally provides access to Qantas' network of international business class lounges overseas – which again, remain unavailable – but to compensate, Qantas Club members can visit Air New Zealand's international lounges in NZ when travelling with Qantas, for now.

However, the free Qantas Club membership for Points Club Plus members is not transferrable.

That's unfortunate, because it'd make the benefit – and the overall Points Club Plus proposition – much more appealing to those who've already reached Gold frequent flyer status or higher.

Earn status credits on reward flights

One of the most interesting benefits of Qantas Points Club and Points Club Plus membership is the ability to earn status credits on 'classic' reward bookings made with Qantas Points – an effective shortcut to help Points Club members climb the frequent flyer status ladder.

Earn status while you sleep on a points-based reward booking.
Earn status while you sleep on a points-based reward booking.

These apply only to "Qantas-marketed classic flight reward" bookings, not points-based bookings made on partner airlines such as Oneworld members or Emirates.

The number of status credits earned is shown in the table below (where X is economy, Z is premium economy, U is business class and P is first class).

International routes are listed here too – and while most are inaccessible right now (with the exception of New Zealand), it's still a handy table to have for when these routes return.

In the case of a Sydney-Perth Classic Reward Flight in business class, a Points Club Plus member would pocket 72 status credits from a return trip. 

Another status-friendly benefit: Points Club Plus members will also be able to roll over 100 status credits each membership year to ensure they reach or retain their desired status of Silver, Gold or even Platinum, although the rollover won't apply to Platinum One.

Discount voucher for Qantas Hotels

One of the newest benefits added to the program, Qantas Points Club and Points Club Plus members will receive a Qantas Hotels voucher every year.

For standard Points Club members, the voucher provides a $50 saving on any hotel booking, while for Points Club Plus, it's instead a $100 discount. One voucher is provided each year.

To receive the voucher, members should check their Qantas Frequent Flyer email marketing preferences via the profile section of the Qantas website, and make sure they've opted-in for "exclusive offers for Qantas Frequent Flyer Members" emails.

Qantas Wine birthday vouchers

Similar to the Qantas Hotels vouchers, Qantas Points Club members will also now receive at least one Qantas Wine voucher every year.

Standard Points Club members will receive one $50 Qantas Wine voucher during their birthday month each year, while Points Club Plus members will receive two $50 Qantas Wine vouchers.

A minimum purchase amount of $149 applies per transaction to use a voucher, and only one voucher can be used per transaction.

This means regular Points Club members must spend $99 of their own cash in order to achieve this benefit, while Points Club Plus members need to fork out $198 of their own money across two transactions, to use each $50 voucher.

As with the Qantas Hotels vouchers, these will only be received when "exclusive offers for Qantas Frequent Flyer Members" emails are subscribed to.

'Milestone Bonus Reward' of 2,500 Qantas Points

If a member's yearly tally of points in Points Club reaches 250,000 in a single membership year, they'll unlock a new Milestone Bonus Reward of 2,500 Qantas Points.

For clarity, that's not your regular Qantas Frequent Flyer account balance: that's the same tally as used to measure your progress towards Qantas Points Club (150,000 Qantas Points), or Qantas Points Club Plus (350,000 Qantas Points).

Of course, 2,500 Qantas Points is an incredibly meagre reward in return for earning a quarter of a million points a year – and in fact, you'd need to unlock the bonus four years in a row (after earning at least one million Qantas Points), before having enough 'extra' points in your account to cover a quick domestic flight in economy.

That makes it a nice adjunct to your other points-earning activities, as any point earned is better than a point missed, but not a reward worth chasing in its own right.

Exclusive promotions, including Double Status Credits offers

Beyond the 'fixed' benefits of Points Club, Qantas also teases "exclusive promotions" for Points Club members as will appear from time to time.

Debuting this perk was an inaugural Double Status Credits deal open only to Points Club and Points Club Plus members.

Members who made a new Qantas flight booking between May 18-20, for domestic and trans-Tasman travel between May 22 and September 30 2021, would earn Double Status Credits on every eligible flight, credited up to six weeks after travel.

This includes both paid reservations, and Classic Flight Rewards booked using Qantas Points, which earn status credits for Points Club members – those status credits being doubled under this most recent offer.

Other Qantas Points Club benefits

Most of the other Points Club benefits are geared towards further ventures of the Qantas Loyalty division, such as:

  • a 5% discount for Points Club members, and a 10% discount for Points Club Plus members, when spending their points at the Qantas Rewards Store
  • Points Club members will earn 25% more points on hotel stays booked through Qantas Hotels (excluding packages and Airbnb bookings), with a 50% bonus for Points Club Plus members
  • a double points bonus for Points Club members who purchase Qantas travel insurance, with a triple points bonus for Points Club Plus members
  • triple points and free delivery for Qantas Wine orders for Points Club and Points Club Plus members, with a 10% discount on Qantas Wine purchases (excluding Penfolds) for Points Club Plus members
  • a free one-level upgrade on Avis car rentals for Points Club and Points Club Plus members 

Separate to Double Status Credits deals, Qantas also promises "exclusive member-only offers" such as "regular flight promotions, redemption deals, discounts and bonus point offers."

Also: New Qantas Points Club tier could include First Lounge access

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.