Which Qantas vaccination reward should you choose?

With 1,000 Qantas Points, a $20 flight voucher, or 15 status credits to choose from, there’s merit in each reward.

By Chris Chamberlin, August 24 2021
Which Qantas vaccination reward should you choose?

Qantas is now encouraging Australians to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by serving up bonus points, free flight vouchers or extra status credits to its fully-vaccinated frequent flyers.

The airline’s vaccination incentive and rewards program will run until December 31 2021, covering anyone who has already had both jabs, as well that those who’ll be inoculated by year’s end.

Every fully-vaccinated Australian member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program can choose between:

  • 1,000 Qantas Points, or
  • 15 status credits, or
  • $20 discount on a Qantas or Jetstar flight

On top of this, they’ll go into the draw for one of eight major prizes of $50,000 in Qantas travel vouchers, one million Accor Live Limitless (ALL) points for booking hotels and resorts, and some $3,650 in BP fuel.

But first things first: which of those three rewards – points, status credits or a $20 flight voucher – should you choose?

At the end of the day, each of these picks is of such relatively small value that it’s almost impossible to make a ‘bad’ choice.

That said, we suggest the 1,000 Qantas Points or the $20 flight voucher will offer the best value for most people.

15 status credits

At almost any other time, a free 15 status credits without leaving the ground would be the top choice for many frequent flyers to help retain their Silver, Gold or Platinum tier for one more year, or to edge closer towards lifetime status.

However, these are unique times.

Qantas is offering a 12-month status extension that will see most flyers’ status preserved through to as far as mid-2023, and as it happens, these 15 bonus vaccination status credits don't count towards your lifetime tally.

On that basis, opting for 15 status credits isn't the best choice.

There's one exception: frequent flyers who qualify for Qantas' latest status extension offer will see many of the status credits earned in this membership year rolled over into their next membership year. If you're on the edge of losing your status or moving up one tier, those 15 status credits might prove very handy when the time comes.

1,000 Qantas Points

Free Qantas Points? It's almost a no-brainer!

These 1,000 bonus Qantas Points can be used to book a flight, secure an upgrade, or otherwise spent through the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

How much are those points worth? Each Qantas Point can be valued at anything from half a cent when spent on merchandise, around 1.3 cents when applied towards an economy reward flight, or 2+ cents when used to book into business class.

For business class flyers, this puts the value of 1,000 Qantas Points roughly on-par with the $20 cash voucher – and it's pretty much the obvious choice for point-savvy Qantas Frequent Flyers.

Also read: What is a Qantas frequent flyer point worth?

$20 voucher for Qantas or Jetstar flights

A $20 flight voucher might not sound like much in the scheme of things, but of these three choices it has the most straightforward value and is the easiest to use.

When it comes to travel, this $20 credit is much more flexible than 1,000 Qantas Points and can be used when booking any domestic or international Qantas or Jetstar flight.

Issued as a promo code for Qantas flights or an e-voucher for Jetstar flights, this $20 credit is valid for a full year.

For most travellers, especially those that aren't hung up on points, this will be the best way to go.

Also read: Qantas vaccine rewards: points, status credits, free flights

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.

05 Mar 2015

Total posts 318

Great advice as usual, Chris and ET. I went for the 1000 points, petty much the obvious choice for most people here I reckon.

1,000 Qantas Points for me, the more I can put towards domestic upgrades or an international business class reward booking, the better!

I also went for the 1000 points but my better half chose the $20 Qantas voucher, both are good options for anybody. I wonder how many people chose the 15 SCs and what their reasons were?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

Total posts 19

I chose the Qantas status credits as I have flights booked and do not need 1000 miles of a further voucher with a limited use by date

20 Oct 2015

Total posts 194

I actually took the 15 status credits. I've got plenty of points, and have some Qantas flights coming up, but think I'll need to stretch to retain Platinum after the status extension, especially without knowing what's going to happen with the international routes where I used to earn a lot of status credits, eg Hong Kong could be off the cards, Manila I think will be off limits for a long time yet, and not sure how my usual US travel will bounce back. So right now I want every status credit I can get so I can roll those over to my next membership year and close the gap between me and Platinum.

09 Aug 2015

Total posts 88

I caved and went for $20, gotta make a Qantas flight for my status extension so I may as well make them pay for a little bit of it and earn some points and status credits at the same time!

Etihad - Etihad Guest

29 May 2019

Total posts 4

I have a vague recollection that I used a credit to pay for part of a flight booking and the card payment fees were excluded. So I’ll probably roll the dice and get the $20 to make the most of the bonus :)

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2517

FWIW, count me into the "1000 points" club. I could actually have gone either way between that and the $20 QF voucher, as I can see sound rationale for both depending on circumstances. I've already got quite a lot of Qantas Points sitting there, so I figured another thousand won't hurt, and they will definitely be put to good use next year when international travel comes back.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Sep 2013

Total posts 12

“Every fully-vaccinated Australian member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program”

No, every fully-vaccinated Australian resident member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program.

I’m Australian, but just like the government, Qantas has deliberately ignored and forgotten me.

05 Mar 2015

Total posts 318

I don't think this is "deliberate", it's just that the authentication methods for 'fully vaccinated' is the Australian government's own COVID vaccination digital certificate, and that is only issued to people who are vaccinated in Australia. Or are you expecting Qantas should also make this work with the digital vaccination certificates of every other country? Its focus is on getting people in Australia vaccinated, not people overseas. Also, it's only 1000 points, not really a big deal is it? Besides, QFF members living overseas get a FREE status extension this year, just like last year, while those of us in Australia have to pay for a Qantas flight to qualify for the status extension. Personally I would rather have a free status extension than those 1000 points!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Dec 2015

Total posts 5

I live overseas but I have still flown (and paid for!) 3 domestic sectors with Qantas this year. I just have to fly international connections with somebody else.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Sep 2013

Total posts 12

Eh? It’s clearly deliberate to exclude some Australians from this offer.

Plenty of other companies and countries are accepting vaccine certificates - digital or paper - from every country. Iceland, where I’ll be this weekend, is a great example.

Sadly this is just another example of Qantas ignoring Australians overseas during the pandemic. I’ll be flying United next time I travel to Sydney or Melbourne. They didn’t abandon me like Qantas did.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Jan 2018

Total posts 502

If you're presently in the USA, where Covid vaccination has had a better uptake (that Australia due to availability, you might be unaware of local politics down here.  Qantas is throwing its weight behind the Australian Government encouraging its QFF members living in Australia to get their vaccinations (I've got both of mine).  If you have a PDF version of your vaccination certificate, send it to QFF and nominate your preferred 'reward'.  

As other regulars here know, I'm hardly an advocate for Captain AJ and Qantas (but equally happy to towel-up Jayne when she stuffs up).  That Disclaimer out of the way, I was quick to support this QFF initiative and register my Vax Certificate even though the likelihood of any reward being used is remote (I took the points).  Glad to read of your (21five) loyalty to United.  I flew SYD-LAX-PHX-SFO-SYD in United's First Class about 10 years ago.  The seats were lovely, but on his/her worst and grumpiest day, Qantas cabin crew in Eco class give better service than that which I 'enjoyed' in United First over those 4 separate sectors.  Hope for you that things have improved.

15 Feb 2014

Total posts 7

Not only those Aussies who are overseas - what about us non-Australians overseas? I don't see any perks in Qantas' plan for us.

The vaccination update system does not work on Qantas App.   I have tried 20 times.   It fails after you select what state you are in

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

I have the same problem, says it is not valid, reading Android is supposed to save it directly but it does not i had to save it to my drive and then when i attach it says not correct. did you sort this out or any one else can help us would be great. I have a Samsung Note phone.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Nov 2012

Total posts 22

I'm not too keen on the apps government departments provide. I used my MacBook to access my Medicare file. Emailed it as an attachment to myself and then accessed the email and downloaded the file on the phone. When the time came to upload, that was the first file to appear. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

tried that, maybe its a Android issue?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Oct 2017

Total posts 10

Yes, same here. I have the certificate on my phone no problem. When you use the Qantas app to upload it, it seems to upload it OK, but then the final step asks what state you live in, and it fails.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

yes, it is a PDF file? 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

Total posts 19

You are doing something wrong.

I was able to download Covid certificate and state with no issue using Qantas app on my mobile.

I suggest you uninstall the app and then reinstall app.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

OK Update, I tried again today and got a different message at the end saying it could not be uploaded from basically any cloud based storage, so managed to get it directly on my phone and it finally took it.. Hope it helps some one.

22 Dec 2017

Total posts 4

The $20 voucher has a use by date and I have have a heap of flight credits so the points work for me

Well, 12 months is a pretty long time, I reckon most people would have at least one Qantas flight by August 2021, or even December 2021 if they waited until December this year to claim their reward. But yes, points are a pretty reliable choice !

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Dec 2015

Total posts 5

I am Australian and was fully vaccinated in March, but because I live in Singapore I am ignored.

If you were vaccinated in Singapore, that explains it. This is a campaign to drive vaccinations in Australia so that we can all get flying overseas again, including Qantas as an airline of course. Sorry if an Australian vaccination campaign doesn't extend to countries outside Australia.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Having trouble even finding it. It’s not on my Qantas App for some reason.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Finally worked it out. Had to delete the app and reinstall it. Then as I don’t use the phone as a computer had to work out where to save my covid vaccination certificate so I could access it for the Qantas app. A series of seniors moments. Went for points. Have lifetime gold and I will have platinum till the end of 2023 after which work travel will be mostly over.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

may i ask where you saved it to and was it a PDF file? thanks Chris

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1368

Cstockwell, it does offer a PDF to then move somewhere (top right). I had trouble with the somewhere but something called garage band saved me. Don’t ask.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

thanks, i think i shall be spending hours on the phone to Qantas as no one answer any more, had damage luggage from my last trip and still no reply to my submission, only been over a month now.... Service now what service.....

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

OK i read the instructions and and i can't get it to upload using Android, once i get to vic it then says You've uploaded your Covid-19 digital certificate from Medicare. This is different to your immunization History Statement. it then says my name matches the name on my QFF account, so why is it not excepting it. Any one? i then tried the History Statement as well but same message... Thanks for any help 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Nov 2012

Total posts 22

Are you sure you actually uploaded the Covid-19 digital certificate and that you didn't do what I did, and upload the Immunisation History Statement? Qantas only wants the Covid-10 Digital Certificate; once I uploaded that, I had no problems. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

yes i tried both although i had to save it to my drive file as it was not automatically saved, its a PDF file that is all i can use as i cant get to the covid certificate as saved offline on the medicare app, unless there is a trick i do not know.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2017

Total posts 28

I uploaded the Covid-19 digital certificate (not the history), and tried about 15 times on multiple days...  and yes, my vax certificate  was a PDF file, and still problems...   I gave up in the end.   The app does not work for a lot of people.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

yep i tried several times, just wondering if its a android issue and apple is OK

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Sep 2012

Total posts 29

I didn't see any 'fine print' r.e the Status Credits not counting towards lifetime..DOH! Oh well..have enough points/vouchers so it was still going to be the Status Credits for me as inch SO slowly towards lifetime gold with zero flights on the horizon 

06 Mar 2017

Total posts 17

The flight voucher has an expiry, the points are effectively indefinite. Points win for me.

25 Jun 2018

Total posts 10

Where does one start?   I have read the various articles and it is absolute gobbledegook.   “Just do this”. and “Upload that”.   

I can’t use the QR code system to log in when entering premises.  My phone (Samsung J3) just looks at the code and nothing happens.   Pen & paper every time.  Nobody can explain why.

08 Jan 2012

Total posts 5

With the ridiculously difficult to achieve Lifetime Platinum becoming even more unattainable during COVID it beggars belief why Qantas wouldn't let the 15 status credits count toward LP. (I'm on 45K SC and any hopes of getting to LP in what would have been my final years of significant business travel now seems impossible). 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Sep 2012

Total posts 29

@coventrys I just applied the points yesterday and it seems it DOES count towards Lifetime status! My total now includes the 15 from yesterday and my remaining has gone down...so who knows whats going on :P

06 Mar 2017

Total posts 17

Clearly spelled out in T&C's that it doesn't.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Sep 2012

Total posts 29

I can't post a screenshot of my account (or I would) but its there in front of me...long may it last..if its a glitch in my favour I'll take it! haha

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

Total posts 19

Screenshots are not accepted. Must be the PDF file of Covid Vaccination

Hahaha, it would be funny if somebody at Qantas IT simply forget to block these from counting towards lifetime status. I think it's a bit 'cheap' of them not to allow these SCs as part of your lifetime count, after all, it's what you'd get in economy one-way between Sydney and Melbourne. If these did count towards lifetime status I think they'd become the most popular choice by far!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

Total posts 19

Interesting. 

I can see 15 Status Points added to my account but total Status Points now held as per overview are short by extra 15 Status Points that I received yesterday from Qantas

27 Nov 2016

Total posts 20

Mmm, I’m just not sure about the QF advice regarding privacy & their promise to delete this info without providing to third parties.  My info is definitely worth more than $20 or 1000 points or 15 SC.   I’m a P1 and despite having had several domestic flights this year I’m sure it will be a struggle to make it again even by 2023 so probably will opt for the SC if I decide to sign up despite being double vaxxed months ago. 

15 Aug 2014

Total posts 9

Pity none of these awards are for us Qantas flyers in New Zealand! Again we loose out on a Frequent Flyer promotion!

11 Jul 2020

Total posts 75

Not to state the obvious but Qantas is an Australian airline so naturally this promotion will only apply to vaccinated Australians currently living in Australia. Perhaps Air New Zealand might run a similar promotion that you can sign up to.

15 Aug 2014

Total posts 9

It may be an Australian registered airline, but it provides frequent flyer benefits to several countries, including New Zealand! There are some ways offered to people in NZ to earn points/Status Credits, but nothing like what's available in Australia. We do have a choice in airlines, but I choose Qantas and Oneworld in preference. It's just a pity that Qantas doesn't see New Zealand supporters as valued customers in the same light as they do in Australia!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Aug 2014

Total posts 38

Apart from ostensibly being a good citizen, is Qantas gathering data in your QFF profile that simplifies requirements for a "vax passport" when flying at some time in the future?   

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Jan 2018

Total posts 502

If Captain AJ wants to get State borders open ASAP, he already has the power courtesy of his influence over use of the Qantas Chairman's lounge.  All he needs to do is promise - to State Premiers, all Commonwealth and State Cabinet Ministers, the Department Heads of those Ministers, and each and every 'direct report' to those Department Heads - one (1) months suspension from the Chairman's Lounge and Business Lounge for each and every day after September 30th that their borders and quarantines ISO remain in place.  

MY GOD won't they then get the vaccination roll-out working (to borrow the expression by from Queen Elizabeth) 'at speed'.    

Do it AJ, and "damn the torpedoes".  

Very good idea, that will sort the Politicians and Public Servants out

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2017

Total posts 28

I tried about 15 times...  over a matter of days after the app failed the first time.    I had my PDF Covid Vaccination Certificate, and everything that was asked for.   After you select the state or territory you are located in, the app fails, saying "something went wrong"...      Qantas need to double check their app, because it is clearly not working for some.    Am I the only one to experience this problem...  ?????

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 10

perhaps everyone in victoria is not allowed.... haha well i am in vic, not sure about the other failures. but hey they broke my luggage over a month ago on my last trip to NZ, so complained and still waiting for a reply.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jan 2018

Total posts 18

I probably would choose SC. Simple reason: my travel is mostly international. With limited international travel opportunities, 15 SC may be just what I need to maintain my status level. To get 15SC, I probably need to fly BNE-MEL or similar, which can easily cost $200 or so. Happy to save that money and get the SC wihtout needing to leave home :-).

However, the last time I checked the T&C, it is not mentioned if those SC are eligible for rollover. Anybody knows?

31 Aug 2021

Total posts 1

Points for me for now, waiting for O/Seas opening up.

But it is a disgrace that the upload certificate process does not work. I did everything right, checked in with Qantas FF, and after some days dragging their heels, they confirmed all good, but still does not accept "incorrect document uploaded".  And I did it again and again and again and again....no luck.

The file I used was downloaded directly from Medicare/MyGov. Using a Samsung - Android phone.

If they are serious about this campaign, they would get it fixed, and also at least offer a PC upload option.

I suspect it is all about the PR value - getting on the "vaccine equals freedom" trend - and not really about their customers.

Shame on you Qantas. Fix it or withdraw it.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

Total posts 19

It does work you Samsung and Android phones.

Suggest you uninstall Qantas App and reinstall.

Did the process on my Samsung mobile  in one try without any issues

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Apr 2011

Total posts 11

Re the 15 status credits and "these 15 bonus vaccination status credits don't count towards your lifetime tally". 

I note in QANTAS correspondence in emails, on the app and online since 1 September, it no longer refers to the 15 status credits not counting towards lifetime tally. Anyone know if the status credits do count towards lifetime tally now (which would make sense as it is a pretty useless award to select otherwise)??

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Sep 2012

Total posts 29

Danny, I applied them to my account and my Lifetime total definitely changed by 15 status credits. So despite all the debate here..at least from what I see in my account..they DO count towards lifetime status.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Apr 2011

Total posts 11

Thanks findjeremy, I have now selected the 15 status credits. Looks like QANTAS refined the offer as it was so silly as originally presented.

12 Aug 2020

Total posts 2

I remember seeing the clause stating the 15 status credit “not counting towards lifetime status” last week. And I even rung Qantas to express my disappointment about it. Today I checked it again. They removed it already! Now I am happy!

06 Mar 2017

Total posts 17

Well that's a bit annoying. I'd have taken the SCs if they had counted to lifetime status at the time I signed up. I already have too many points I can't find a use for, and had already requalified for platinum (independent of statuskeeper) even before the current lock down!

I took the 1,000 points however it does finally accept the document which is located in My Files (Samsung) I tried on around 20 occasions to get it to be accepted and not have a oops something went wrong message.

With my partners account it took around 60-70 attempts to accept the file.

It appears to be oops something went wrong with Qantas.


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