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This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel.
Serious frequent flyers will want to aim for Platinum status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program thanks to a raft of generous perks that apply whether you’re flying at the front or stuck down the back.
On that list, access to first class lounges even when booked in economy, double points on eligible flights and a better shot at domestic and international awards and upgrades.
How to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum status
A Platinum card can be yours after earning 1,400 status credits in one membership year and retained in future years by earning at least 1,200 status credits.
Flights taken on Qantas along with Oneworld airlines such as British Airways and Cathay Pacific count towards that tally, as do Jetstar flights that are eligible to earn frequent flyer points, flights with Fiji Airways, and also codeshare flights on Qantas’ partners such as Emirates, China Southern and Canada’s WestJet.
You’ll also need to take at least four flights with a Qantas QF code, or at least four points-earning flights on Jetstar, to reach or retain your Platinum status.
To hit Platinum for the first time, 70 return trips between Sydney and either Melbourne or Brisbane on the cheaper economy fares would do the trick, as would 18 return trips in business class.
Jetting from Australia’s east coast to Asia and back – including to Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai – that’s six round-trip business class trips to cross the 1,400 barrier, or a near-fortnightly round trip in economy.
On longer flights, three return business class journeys from Sydney or Melbourne to London gets you that shiny Platinum card, as would 10 return economy flights on the same route.
Lounge access for Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum members
Platinum frequent flyers can visit Qantas Clubs and domestic business class lounges with two guests whenever travelling with the Red Roo, and can also stop by the lounges after a domestic flight to freshen up or for an extra shot of coffee.
The superb Qantas First Lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles (below) await you and a guest, as do the also-new new Qantas lounges in Hong Kong, Singapore whether flying with Qantas, a Oneworld airline or even Jetstar.
In LA, Platinum members can score a free shirt pressing and shoe shine service, and can also jump the queue when waiting for the showers, although that perk is held for elite Platinum One flyers in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Through Oneworld, your Qantas Platinum card opens the door to the business and first class lounges of American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and more, plus most Emirates lounges whether travelling with Qantas or Emirates in economy and the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge in Nadi International Airport.
If you’re flying within the Oneworld family, use the alliance’s nifty lounge finder to see where you’ll be relaxing at the start of your next journey.
Checked baggage allowance for Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
Whenever travelling with a Oneworld member airline, Qantas Platinum members can check in one extra bag, or an additional 20kg, at no extra charge.
On Qantas and other selected airlines, the benefits are slightly more generous, as follows:
- Qantas domestic flights
- In economy: 2 x 32kg
- In business class: 3 x 32kg
- Qantas and Emirates international flights
- To North and South America (all classes): one extra checked bag, with 32kg allowed in each bag
- To all other destinations: an extra 20kg
- American Airlines and US Airways
- Three free checked bags (up to 23kg per piece), plus:
- Two free checked bags for travellers on the same booking as the Platinum member
- British Airways
- One extra bag for the Platinum member and any passenger also booked on the same reservation, plus:
- A weight allowance of 32kg per piece for the Platinum member only
For use on Australian domestic flights, Platinum frequent flyers also receive two free electronic Q Bag Tags to attach to their luggage, which can be used in lieu of a traditional paper baggage tag.
More perks for Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
Double points are up for grabs when flying with Qantas, Jetstar and American Airlines – including eligible codeshare services booked through Qantas and AA with non-alliance partners such as Emirates and Alaska Airlines.
Platinum cards are also encrusted with a Oneworld Emerald gemstone, which lets you side-step the queues by using the business and first class check-in lines across the Oneworld alliance and with Emirates, along with priority boarding whenever it’s available – including on Qantas domestic flights.
You’ll also be able to nab a spot closer to the front and in the extra-legroom exit rows on Qantas domestic flights, and on Qantas international flights, the normal $25/person ‘advance seat selection fee’ is waived for the Platinum member and their accompanying party.
You can also whisk through Qantas’ domestic priority security screening lanes in selected airports, and will receive Express Path cards when flying abroad with Qantas and Emirates for use both on departure and on your return to Australia.
Flight upgrades, online award bookings for Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
On domestic flights, Platinum members booked in economy can ask for an ‘on departure upgrade’ at the lounge service desk, which is great when travelling on a whim or where upgrades weren’t available online or over the phone.
Where upgrade requests to premium economy, business class and first class are placed in a queue, those from Platinum guests are processed after Platinum One members but before those from Gold, Silver, Qantas Club and Bronze flyers.
When using points to simply book the flight, there are additional award seats available exclusively to Gold and Platinum members on selected services, so always remember to log in before searching for award flights via the Qantas website.
In short: Platinum-grade frequent flyers have a better shot at scoring an upgrade or using their points to sit in business class than frequent flyers do at the lower tiers.
The unpublished Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum perks
Qantas has a dedicated call centre devoted to serving Platinum-grade members: you’ll find the number on the back of your card.
The operators at the Premium Desk tend to be more experienced than those of the general call centre, and can even assist with booking frequent flyer award seats on flights that only have cash fares available.
These requests are granted or declined at Qantas’ sole discretion, but there’s no harm done by asking the team nicely if an award seat can be booked on your preferred date.
On Qantas flights – particularly the longer treks across to Perth or when heading overseas – a member of the crew may also drop by your seat with selected goodies from business or even first class, such as amenity kits, noise-cancelling headphones or premium drinks (sometimes discreetly served in an economy-style cup).
Or, you may instead have the crew ask if they can “get you anything” when handing over your Express arrivals card. That’s your cue to ask with a smile for something from the pointy end without going overboard, such as “a nice glass of red” or “a little bubbly”.
- Our guide to Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold
- How to get Qantas Lifetime Platinum
- New perks for Qantas Platinum One members
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