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Qantas Status Credits – How to get them

Want to earn Qantas Status Credits without flying? Here's a look at credit card Status Credit offers, plus other options.

What are Qantas Status Credits?

Qantas Status Credits are your ticket to Silver, Gold and Platinum membership levels and more frequent flyer perks – including more Qantas Points for flights, lounge access, extra baggage and priority check-in.

Flying with Qantas or a partner airline is the primary way you'll earn Status Credits. But you can also earn bonus Status Credits with a Qantas credit card, the Qantas Green Tier membership and limited-time offers. Let's take a look at your options.

How to earn Qantas Status Credits with a credit card

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Right now, the Qantas Premier Titanium is the only credit card that offers an ongoing Status Credit benefit. But you do need to fly to get them, as this offer gives you 20% bonus Status Credits for eligible Qantas flights you pay for using the card.

Sometimes, Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards also have bonus Status Credits as part of their introductory offers, and these promotions can give you a way to get more Status Credits without any flights. Each offer is different, but some common requirements include:

  • Promotional period. Bonus Status Credit offers are only available for a limited time. So there are no credit cards that earn Status Credits on an ongoing basis.
  • New customers only. Introductory offers are generally only available if you’re applying for an eligible credit card as a new customer.
  • Spend requirements. Usually, you need to meet a spend requirement when you first get the card, or one that's based on your spending over 12 months. For example, making an eligible purchase in the first month you have the card, or $20,000 in the first year.
  • Provide your Qantas membership number. To collect Qantas 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.

How to earn Qantas Status Credits without flying

Qantas Green Tier was launched in March 2022 and is designed to give Qantas frequent flyer members rewards for making more sustainable choices – including a choice of 50 bonus Status Credits when you qualify.

To get Qantas Green benefits, you need to complete at least 1 activity for 5 of the 6 categories during your membership year:
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  1. Offset your Qantas flight
  2. Stay at an eco-accredited hotel
  3. Offset your home and car or install solar panels through Solargain
  4. Purchase eco wine or make your delivery climate positive
  5. Take a quiz in the Qantas Wellbeing App to understand your impact
  6. Donate Qantas Points to charities supporting sustainable causes

Qualifying for Qantas Green also gives you access to other perks, including bonus Qantas Points on sustainable products and experiences through Qantas Hotels and Qantas Wine.

Finder survey: How many Australians consider access to status credits when choosing a frequent flyer credit card?

Status credits2.82%1.38%
Source: Finder survey by Pure Profile of 1113 Australians, December 2023

Other bonus Status Credits offers

Qantas Frequent Flyer sometimes runs promotional offers that give you a way to earn Status Credits without flying. For example, in 2021 you could get 15 bonus Status Credits when you got vaccinated against COVID-19.

To see if there are any new bonus Status Credit offers that you can get without flying, just check the member offers on the Qantas Frequent Flyer website, sign up for emails or log in to the Qantas app.

Loyalty bonus Status Credits

Qantas Frequent Flyer also gives you a choice of 50 Status Credits as a Loyalty Bonus if you earn 500, 1,000, 1,500 or 2,000 Status Credits on flights with Qantas or Jetstar during your membership year.

You can earn a Loyalty Bonus up to 4 times in each membership year, which means you could technically get 200 Status Credits through the bonuses – but you'd need to fly a lot to get enough Status Credits to qualify for all of them.

How many Qantas Status Credits do I need?

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. For 'Lifetime' levels, the Status Credits needed are your total balance, regardless of when they were earned. Here’s what’s needed for each membership level:

  • Silver. 300 Status Credits to reach Silver and 250 Status Credits each year to maintain.
    • Lifetime Silver. 7,000 Status Credits
  • Gold. 700 Status Credits to get Gold Qantas membership and 600 Status Credits to maintain it in each subsequent year.
    • Lifetime Gold. 14,000 Status Credits
  • Platinum. 1,400 Status Credits to reach the Platinum Qantas membership tier and 1,200 Status Credits to maintain it.
    • Lifetime Platinum. 75,000 Status Credits
  • 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.

You can learn more about Status Credits and membership levels in Finder's guide to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

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2 Responses

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    GeorgeMay 22, 2018

    Do all credit card providers charge a overseas transaction fee for purchases when overseas?
    Also, do they charge a reward program fee?

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      NikkiMay 22, 2018

      Hi George,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Do all credit card providers charge an overseas transaction fee for purchases when overseas? – not all credit cards charge an overseas transaction fee. You may refer to our list of credit cards with 0% international transaction fees. On the page is a comparison table you can use to see which card suits you.

      Also, do they charge a reward program fee? – There’s no reward program fee but the perks will usually influence the annual fee.

      Hope this was helpful.

      Best regards,

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