The five best benefits of Qantas Platinum for first class flyers

By Chris Chamberlin, February 25 2019

This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel.

When you’re flying first class, you already have the best seat on the plane with pre-flight access to the best airport lounges: but for frequent flyers who regularly travel up the very front, what more does your Qantas Platinum card provide that’s not already included with the airfare?

Across both points and perks, here are five reasons to keep your Platinum card handy even when you’re already invited to the Qantas First Lounge.

1. You’ll earn more points every time you fly

When travelling with Qantas and American Airlines – including on codeshare flights operated by partners such as Emirates – Qantas Platinum members earn more points than Bronze-level flyers through what’s known as a ‘status bonus’, and that bonus can be significant.

For example, a Bronze frequent flyer taking a return first class trip from Sydney or Melbourne to London would earn 49,600 Qantas Points (+840 status credits) on all paid fares, but a Platinum frequent flyer taking the same flights would earn a higher 74,400 Qantas Points.

Practically speaking, after two return trips, a Bronze frequent flyer would have accrued enough points for a round-trip ticket between Sydney and Hong Kong in premium economy, or a return trip between Sydney and Tokyo when flying premium economy one way and economy the other.

(Naturally, that Bronze frequent flyer would have worked their way up to Platinum after two such trips in the same year, but everybody has to start somewhere, and with Qantas, that’s Bronze.)

On the other hand, a Qantas Platinum member taking those same first class flights would instead have enough points up their sleeve for a return business class trek to Hong Kong or Tokyo, or many other destinations such as Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing.

2. With more points to spend, you may have more opportunities to do so

While all Qantas Frequent Flyer members can use their points to book flights across the Qantas network, Platinum members have a better chance of securing their preferred flight using points, including in first class, as Qantas releases more Classic Flight Reward seats to Platinum members than it does for Gold, Silver or Bronze frequent flyers.

When searching for reward flights on the Qantas website, be sure to log into your Qantas Platinum frequent flyer account before running the search – otherwise, you’ll only see what’s available to Bronze members, when other options may be available to you.

If that doesn’t work, another option is to call Qantas and ask if a Classic Flight Reward seat can be released on your desired travel date(s).

This isn’t a 'published' Qantas Platinum benefit – instead, listed on the Qantas website as a Platinum One perk – but many Qantas Platinum members have reported success over the years, so it never hurts to ask: and if unsuccessful, you’re no worse off than when you started!

3. You can always bring extra baggage with you

Even though first class tickets already include a generous baggage allowance, a Platinum card pushes that even further, so you can shop until you drop without paying for those purchases a second time at check-in.

On most Qantas and Emirates international first class flights, the standard checked baggage allowance of 50kg becomes 70kg thanks to your Qantas Platinum card, while on journeys where the ‘piece’ system is used, Qantas allows you to bring an extra bag.

That includes all of Qantas’ flights to The Americas, so on your next first class jaunt to Los Angeles or Dallas/Fort Worth, you can bring 4x32kg bags – that’s up to 128kg of checked luggage – versus the normal allowance of 3x32kg.

On Australian domestic flights where you’ll be flying business class, given first class isn’t available, your Qantas Platinum status also increases the limit from 2x32kg to 3x32kg, except on flights connecting to or from international journeys, where the international allowance applies.

4. You’ll have first class lounge access when you can’t fly first class

First class is a comfortable way to fly, but it’s not available on every route – which is again where your Qantas Platinum card comes in handy, guaranteeing your access to first class lounges where they’re available.

For example, Qantas’ flights from Sydney to places like Beijing, Honolulu, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Santiago, Shanghai and more all top out at business class, but thanks to your earlier first class travel, you can head straight to the Qantas first class lounge.

The only downside is that the in-lounge spa appointments are only pre-arranged for first class passengers and other higher-level cardholders, so if you’ve become accustomed to that pre-flight massage or facial, keep your fingers crossed that there’s a spare appointment on the day you fly!

5. You can give somebody Qantas Gold status

As a regular first class flyer, you’ll have no shortage of status credits, and if you amass 2,400 status credits in a single membership year from Qantas flights, you’ll unlock your choice of ‘Platinum Bonus Reward’, one of which is a complimentary Gold card for anybody of your choosing.

Read: 'Platinum Plus': the next step for Qantas, Virgin frequent flyers

That could be for your partner – who might not get to travel as often as you, and may not otherwise have frequent flyer status of their own – or a child, parent, friend, colleague, or anybody else you nominate.

Reaching the 2,400-mark is achievable with three return first class flights to London each year, or one return trip every four months, while the complimentary Gold card gives the recipient access to domestic Qantas Club and international business class lounges whenever flying with Qantas, among many other benefits.

Also read: The five best benefits of Qantas Gold status for business class flyers

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

flychrisfly

flychrisfly

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Jun 2011

Total posts 76

Nice summary, thanks Chris

Coomey

Coomey

01 Mar 2019

Total posts 1

Are there any benefits for Platinum 1 above Platinum?

Zaps1971

Zaps1971

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Aug 2014

Total posts 76

White Q tag and better chance of a upgrade if your very lucky.

princess fiona

princess fiona

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Dec 2012

Total posts 41

Dedicated Special Service Team for P1.

Upgrades awarded from 7 days out for International.

Ability to gift Platinum to a family member or friend.

Ability to request Award Seats to be opened up (greater access to manual intervention than other levels).

Invites to events

 

The only specific benefits (although unpublished) for first class is that you should get your first choice of meals over and above the rest of the cabin along with Chairman’s and you are also more likely to receive First Host assistance during transits etc.

DAREng

DAREng

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jul 2017

Total posts 20

Does one need to apply for the Complimentary Card, I never received though I managed to get the 2400 SC this last year.

poopbunny

poopbunny

28 Mar 2018

Total posts 20

I was hoping for secret password that unlocks a special stash of sturgeon caviar, foie gras, Kobe, lobster and Kruger/Cristal.

zoomzoom

zoomzoom

21 Aug 2015

Total posts 90

Its all pretty poor compared to the pampered pets in Chairmans Lounge, which is invite only. Its here you'll meet politicians, bank CEO's and directors and others who indulge at the expense of someone else and spend other people's money to enhance their status and benefits. Its a perk for big corporate spenders. Paid for by those who buy their own tickets.

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