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Credit cards with Qantas Status Credits

Want to earn Status Credits with a Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card? Here's what you need to know.

Qantas Status Credits are your ticket to more frequent flyer perks, including point bonuses, lounge access, extra baggage and priority check-in and boarding. Usually, flights with Qantas and partner airlines are the only way to earn Status Credits and reach a higher status tier. However, there have previously been some credit cards that offered Status Credits as part of a trial program. Use this guide to find out more about this option and how you can currently get more status towards Gold or Platinum membership.

What was the Qantas Credit Card Status Credits Trial?

This was an invitation-only trial that Qantas Frequent Flyer ran from 28 November 2016 to 31 May 2018. This exclusive trial was only available if you received an email invitation and applied for either the Macquarie Black Card with Qantas Rewards or the Westpac Altitude Black Credit Card with Qantas Points before 28 February 2017.

If you were one of the selected members of the trial, you could then collect 1 Credit Card Status Credit for every 400 Qantas Points earned by making eligible purchases using the eligible credit card (excluding any bonus Qantas Points awarded to you for taking out the credit card), up to the amount specified in your email invitation.

Can I earn Qantas Status Credits with a credit card?

There are no credit cards that currently offer you Qantas Status Credits with any credit cards. But as a point of reference, some of the requirements for previous offers included:

  • Promotional period. Bonus Status Credit offers have only ever been available for a limited time. So there are no credit cards that earn Status Credits on an ongoing basis.
  • New customers only. Introductory offers like the Qantas Status Credits Trial are generally only available if you’re applying for an eligible credit card as a new customer.
  • Meet the spending requirements. This could be a specific type of purchase or a set dollar amount. For example, you might be offered Status Credits if you use your card to pay for a return Qantas Flight within the first few months, or you could collect them by spending, say, $12,000 in the first year you have the card.
  • Provide your Qantas membership number. To collect Status Credits with a credit card, you’d need to share your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number at the time of applying and/or when you meet the spending requirement. For example, if you got a credit card that offers bonus Status Credits when you apply and book a Qantas flight, you would need to include your membership number at the time of the flight booking.

How many Qantas Status Credits do I need?

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If you want to reach a higher Qantas Frequent Flyer membership level, you’ll need to earn a set amount of Status Credits in the 12 months from when you joined the program. Here’s what’s needed for each membership level:

  • Silver: 300 Status Credits to reach Silver and 250 Status Credits each year to maintain this level of membership.
  • Gold: 700 Status Credits to get Gold Qantas membership and 600 Status Credits to maintain it in each subsequent year.
  • Platinum: 1,400 Status Credits to reach the Platinum Qantas membership tier and 1,200 Status Credits to maintain it.
  • Platinum One. 3,600 Status Credits to get and maintain Platinum One status. At least 2,700 of these credits must be earned on Qantas-marketed flights and Status Credits earned through a credit card won’t count towards this membership level.

Were Credit Card Status Credits different to regular Qantas Status Credits?

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If you're an existing member of the credit card Status Credits trial, the status earned through your credit card will be treated differently to the status you earn from flying. Here are the key points to keep in mind:

  • Eligible account activity. While regular Qantas Status Credits are awarded for eligible flights (regardless of what you spend on them), you’ll only earn status with a credit card when you meet the spending requirements. For Bonus Status Credits, this is usually a minimum spend in the first few months you have the card. For the trial, you earn Status Credits based on the number of Qantas Points you earn through eligible credit card spending.
  • Benefits cap. For the Qantas Credit Card Status Credits trial, there is a cap on the amount of credits that will count towards you reaching a higher membership level. If you’re a member of the trial, refer to your invitation email for details, call 138 323 or email any enquiries to creditcardstatuscreditenquiries@qantas.com.au.
  • Other restrictions. The Qantas Status Credits you earn with a credit card will not count towards any loyalty bonuses, Platinum One membership or Lifetime Status.

Combined with regular status from flights, a credit card with Qantas Status Credits could help you reach a higher frequent flyer membership level faster. While there are currently no offers to earn Status Credits on a credit card, there could be another trial in the future. So make sure you keep your Qantas Frequent Flyer account details updated and check your emails for offers. You may also want to look at other Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards and compare different introductory offers so that you can find one that offers the most value for you.

Frequently asked questions about credit cards with Qantas Status Credits

Want to know more about earning Qantas Status Credits with a credit card? Check out these answers to common questions, or share your thoughts with us using the comment section below.

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Amy Bradney-George

Amy is a Senior Writer at finder.com.au with more than 10 years experience covering credit cards, personal finance and various lifestyle topics. When she’s not sharing her knowledge on money matters, Amy spends her time as an actress.

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    GeorgeMay 22, 2018

    Do all credit card providers charge a overseas transaction fee for purchases when overseas?
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      NikkiMay 22, 2018Staff

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      Thanks for your message and for visiting finder – the leading comparison website & general information service built to give you advice in your buying decision needs. How are you doing today?

      Do all credit card providers charge an overseas transaction fee for purchases when overseas? – not all credit cards charge an overseas transaction fee.
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      Also, do they charge a reward program fee? – None, there’s no reward program fee.

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