A Qantas flyer's guide to Qatar Airways Privilege Club perks

Here's how to maximise the benefits of Qatar Airways status when you're flying with Qantas.

By Chris Chamberlin, June 15 2020
A Qantas flyer's guide to Qatar Airways Privilege Club perks

Thanks to Qatar Airways’ recent status match offer, thousands of Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyers – along with many Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and PPS Club, Emirates Skywards and Etihad Guest members – are now newly-minted Platinum, Gold and Silver members of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club.

With restrictions easing on domestic travel, and the possibility of New Zealand, the Pacific islands and Singapore opening up in the later half of this year, it's perfect timing to take full advantage of the perks of this shiny card when flying with Qantas, which is one of Qatar's many Oneworld alliance partners.

Those benefits include Qantas priority check-in for all Qatar Airways Silver, Gold and Platinum Privilege Club cardholders, and for Gold and Platinum members, full access to the airport lounges of Qantas and other Oneworld airlines.

Here’s how to make the most of your Qatar Airways Privilege Club status when travelling with Qantas.

As a member of the Oneworld airline group, Qatar Airways Privilege Club status is honoured by all Oneworld airlines, including Qantas.
As a member of the Oneworld airline group, Qatar Airways Privilege Club status is honoured by all Oneworld airlines, including Qantas.

Status levels: Privilege Club vs Qantas vs Oneworld

Qatar Airways Privilege Club has three status levels, which conveniently share their names with those of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program and slot neatly into the three gemstone-themed tiers of the Oneworld airline alliance.

  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club Silver = Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver = Oneworld Ruby
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold = Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold = Oneworld Sapphire
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum = Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum = Oneworld Emerald
Get to know the perks of your Qatar Airways Privilege Club status.
Get to know the perks of your Qatar Airways Privilege Club status.

(Burgundy is the entry level for Qatar Airways Privilege Club membership, similar to Qantas Bronze, while Qatar Airways Privilege Club lacks an above-Platinum tier such as Qantas' Platinum One.)

Privilege Club Silver perks on Qantas flights

While Qatar Silver sits on par with Qantas Silver, the benefits provided to Qantas Silver and Qatar Airways Silver members differ slightly on Qantas flights.

Both receive priority check-in on domestic and international flights, along with waived seat selection fees on Qantas international services where these would otherwise apply.

But unlike Qantas Silver, Qatar Airways Privilege Club Silver members don’t receive a boost to their checked baggage allowance on any route in any cabin, nor do they receive a complimentary single-access pass to Qantas lounges every year.

At the Silver level, these perks are exclusive to Qantas’ own frequent flyer members, and aren’t extended to other Oneworld Ruby cardholders like Qatar Airways Privilege Club Silver members.

Privilege Club Gold perks on Qantas flights

When travelling with Qantas, Privilege Club Gold cardholders receive the same key perks as Privilege Club Silver guests, but with several important additions.

First on that list is access to domestic Qantas Club lounges when flying with Qantas, and international Qantas and Oneworld business class lounges when travelling with Qantas or any other Oneworld airline, with one guest in tow.

On domestic flights, you're also welcome to use priority security screening lanes, as well as Premium Lounge Entry at Brisbane Airport: a private security screening channel emerging inside the Qantas Club.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold status is the 'sweet spot' for a raft of useful benefits on domestic Qantas flights.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold status is the 'sweet spot' for a raft of useful benefits on domestic Qantas flights.

However, lounge access (and other perks) are not available when flying with Jetstar, or with airlines that are partners with Qantas but not Qatar Airways, such as Emirates and China Eastern.

On Qantas domestic and international flights, Privilege Club Gold cardholders receive priority boarding and priority baggage tagging, though.

Domestic flights also come with an increased baggage allowance in economy class, as follows:

Flight and cabin

Normal allowance

Allowance for Privilege Club Gold

Qantas domestic economy

1x23kg

2x23kg

Qantas domestic business class

2x32kg

2x32kg (no change)

On international flights where the ‘weight system’ is used (being all Qantas routes except those to the USA and Canada), Privilege Club Gold members receive 15kg of extra baggage over and above the allowance give to economy class passengers on the same flight.

This applies even when travelling in a higher cabin, so isn’t necessarily a flat ‘+15kg’ atop the allowance shown on your ticket.

When booked in economy (where the allowance is normally 30kg), premium economy (normally 40kg) or business class (also normally 40kg), this makes your checked baggage allowance 45kg in total. In first class, the normal 50kg allowance applies, with no addition.

On international flights using the ‘piece system’ – that’s to the USA and Canada – there’s no increase to the checked baggage allowance shown on your ticket, as every traveller is given at least 2x23kg of checked baggage.

Privilege Club Platinum perks on Qantas flights

Privilege Club Platinum takes things further when flying Qantas, granting the traveller access to Qantas’ domestic business class lounges, as well as international first class lounges operated by Qantas and Oneworld airlines, whenever flying with Qantas or a Oneworld airline.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum status is your ticket into Qantas' domestic business class lounges.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum status is your ticket into Qantas' domestic business class lounges.

This includes Qantas’ flagship first class lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles and Singapore, and among many others, Cathay Pacific’s first class lounges in Hong Kong.

In all cases, you can be joined by one guest in the lounge. This is less generous than the 'two guest' limit Qantas applies to its own Platinum and above-Platinum members in domestic lounges, but is standard policy for all Oneworld partners such as Qatar.

On the baggage front, your allowance again depends on the route you’re taking and the cabin you’ve booked, but with simpler (and more generous) limits than afforded to Privilege Club Gold members, as follows:

Flight and cabin

Normal allowance

Allowance for Privilege Club Platinum

Qantas domestic economy

1x23kg

2x23kg

Qantas domestic business class

2x32kg

3x32kg

Qantas flights to USA and Canada: economy and premium economy

2x23kg

3x23kg

Qantas flights to USA and Canada: business and first class

3x32kg

4x32kg

All other Qantas international flights: economy

30kg

50kg

All other Qantas international flights: premium economy and business class

40kg

60kg

All other Qantas international flights: first class

50kg

70kg

Where available, priority check-in is also available at first class counters, and when flying internationally, Privilege Club Platinum members can expect access to airport Express Path facilities, often covering security screening, immigration and customs control.

How to keep your Privilege Club status for an extra 12 months

Travellers granted a status match by Qatar Airways can enjoy their perks for an initial 12-month period, but afterwards, they’ll lose their status unless they’ve earned the required number of ‘Qpoints’ during that time.

Qpoints are the Qatar Airways equivalent of Qantas status credits, being a measure of your progress towards gaining or retaining status. These aren’t the same as frequent flyer points (which Qatar Airways calls ‘Qmiles’).

A few Qatar Airways flights will lock in your status until mid-2022.
A few Qatar Airways flights will lock in your status until mid-2022.

During the status match offer, Qatar Airways advised applicants that they would only need half as many Qpoints as normal to retain their matched status for another year.

However, many Executive Traveller readers who have been granted their status match report that the progress figures shown in their online Privilege Club accounts indicate that they’ll need the full serve of Qpoints to keep their status for another year. Executive Traveller has contacted Qatar Airways for clarification.

Normally, Qatar Airways Privilege Club Silver members need to earn 135 Qpoints over 12 months to retain their Silver status for another year. For Privilege Club Gold members, the figure is 270 Qpoints, and for Privilege Club Platinum, it’s 540 Qpoints.

If halved following the status match offer, that would reduce the requirements to 68 Qpoints to retain Silver for another year, 135 Qpoints for Gold, and 270 Qpoints for Platinum.

To retain any of these tiers, you also need to take at least four flights operated by Qatar Airways or sold as a Qatar Airways (QR) codeshare. Alternatively, you’re covered for this requirement if at least 20% of the Qpoints you have earned were from the same.

How to earn Qatar Airways Qpoints

Qpoints can be earned on eligible flights taken with Qatar Airways, as well as its Oneworld alliance partners such as Qantas.

A return Qatar Airways business class trip from Sydney to the UK or to most European destinations notches up between 170 and 272 Qpoints, while also covering that ‘four sector’ requirement, given the need to change flights in Doha in each direction.

Naturally, you’ll earn the most Qpoints on the higher-priced flexible fares, and lower volumes of Qpoints on lower-priced tickets, such as “saver” and “promo” fares.

Travelling with Qantas instead? In business class, you’ll earn only 120 Qpoints on a return trip to London from either Sydney or Melbourne (QF1/2 and QF9/10), regardless of your ticket type.

When flying Qantas, also take note that you won’t earn any Qpoints (or Qmiles, for that matter) on any domestic flights whatsoever – unless that domestic flight is in connection with an international Qantas or Qatar Airways flight booked on the same ticket.

Flying solely between Sydney and Melbourne? Even on the highest-priced Qantas business class fares, you’d earn zero in Privilege Club. You can still enjoy the perks of your status such as lounge access in economy or additional baggage as applicable, but you won’t make progress towards keeping that status.

Even on Qantas flights where Qatar Airways does award Qpoints and Qmiles, in economy class, these are only given on the most flexible tickets: all others earn nothing as well, even on international routes and domestic legs connecting with international flights.

Also read: Qatar status match delivers Platinum, Gold to Virgin Australia flyers

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.

bmc
bmc

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Aug 2013

Total posts 169

Thanks Chris. I think many of us newly minted OW Gold and Plats will want to use our shiny new Qatar card solely for the lounge and transit perks whilst hopefully notching up enough Qantas status credits to end the next 12 months as a QF Gold or Plat. Any advice on achieving an nimble Qatar to Qantas shimmy?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jan 2015

Total posts 74

One has to hope that with all the social distancing requirements and the limited capacity in lounges that Qantas might favour its own FFs over other partner airlines, especially if people like QR are dishing out status matches like candy at a doctor's office.

Though give the current state of things, I wouldn't be surprised if those matched statuses start to expire before those first class lounges even reopen.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Jul 2018

Total posts 16

This is very helpful. Thanks Chris. My only questions are:

1: When traveling domestically with Qantas, if I use my Qantas Frequent Flyer number would I still be able to access the Qantas Lounge thanks to me being OneWorld Emerald via Qatar Airways?

2: Would I be able to bring anyone into th Qantas lounge with me when travelling domestically?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Jul 2018

Total posts 16

Never mind - spotted the 'guest' answer in the article: one!

dtw
dtw

17 Jun 2020

Total posts 1

I too am interested in point 1 - can I use asia miles on the ticket when flying Cathay but flash the Qatar card for lounge access.

I'd also like to know the answer to your first question.

05 Jul 2017

Total posts 5

Am I going to be okay with my extra baggage and lounge access with Privilege Club Gold if I purchase a Qantas Classic Rewards flight instead of a normal paid Qantas flight? Is there anything special I need to do?

Hi everyone.

Hoping to get an insight into the levels matched by QR. I took advantage of this promo too ( hoping to get matched to QR Platinum given my current LTG status with QF) and it seems that the levels matched are quite arbitrary.....Being SQ PPS Solitaire, I was matched to QR Gold...and my dad (SQ KF Elite Gold) was also matched to QR Gold...

Any shared insights would be super :)

Thanks

04 Jun 2018

Total posts 14

Interesting article, Chris. Just a minor point from me that QF flights to Santiago (Chile) also follow the piece system (similar to USA and Canada). Cheers.


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