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How to get free Qantas Frequent Flyer Membership 2016

Information verified correct on August 31st, 2016

Enjoy the benefits of being a Qantas Frequent Flyer member without paying the sign-up fee.

Members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program can earn points for a wide range of everyday expenses, with rewards including flight upgrades, hotel bookings and access to over 3,000 items in the Qantas store. Flying with Qantas and partner airlines also gives you the chance to earn higher membership status and access to frequent flyer perks such as extra baggage and airport lounge access.

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program usually has a joining fee of AUD$89.50 or NZD$50, specifically for Australian and New Zealand residents. But here we’ll show you ways you can get a Qantas Frequent Flyer membership without paying a penny.

How to sign up to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free

Usually, getting a Qantas Frequent Flyer membership without paying the joining fee will involve using a particular product or service that’s linked to the program. So compare the options below to find one that works for you.

1. Use a Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card

There’s a wide range of credit cards that can be linked to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. Many credit card companies also waive or reduce the cost of the Qantas membership fee when you sign up for specific cards, including American Express, ANZ, Bankwest, BankSA, Bank of Melbourne, HSBC, NAB, St.George and Westpac.

In addition to waiving the Qantas Frequent Flyer membership fee, credit cards may also offer bonus points for new customers who sign up and spend a set amount of money in the first few months. The ANZ Frequent Flyer Black credit card, for example, offers 75,000 Qantas points to new and approved customers who make an eligible purchase in the first three months that they have the card. Check out the table below for current offers on cards that waive the Qantas Frequent Flyer membership fee.

Credit cards that offer complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership

Rates last updated August 31st, 2016.

BankSA Amplify Signature

1% for 12 mos. purchase offer + 0% for 20 mos. balance transfer offer until 29 September 2016

June 24th, 2016

Westpac Altitude Black

Purchase offer changed from 0.99% for 4 months to 1% for 12 months + bt offer of 0%p.a. for 18 mos.

July 7th, 2016

NAB Qantas Rewards Card

Bonus points, purchase and balance transfer offers have been extended until 2 October 2016.

August 9th, 2016

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Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Annual fee
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
50,000 bonus points 0.5 1.5 $295 p.a. Go to site More info
ANZ Frequent Flyer
ANZ Frequent Flyer
25,000 bonus points 0.5 1 $95 p.a. Go to site More info
St.George Amplify Platinum - Amplify Qantas
St.George Amplify Platinum - Amplify Qantas
0.5 0 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points 0.75 1.5 $425 p.a. Go to site More info
NAB Qantas Rewards Card
NAB Qantas Rewards Card
10,000 bonus points 0.5 1 $95 p.a. Go to site More info
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
40,000 bonus points 1 $295 p.a. Go to site More info
BankSA Amplify Platinum
BankSA Amplify Platinum
1 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
BankSA Amplify Classic
BankSA Amplify Classic
1 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
BankSA Amplify Signature
BankSA Amplify Signature
1.5 0 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
1 0 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
1.5 0 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
20,000 bonus points 0.5 1.5 $250 p.a. Go to site More info
St.George Amplify Classic
St.George Amplify Classic
1 0 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
St.George Amplify Signature
St.George Amplify Signature
1.5 0 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Westpac Altitude Black
Westpac Altitude Black
50,000 bonus points 1.25 3 $395 p.a. Go to site More info

How do Qantas rewards credit cards work?

Once you get a Qantas credit card and become a Frequent Flyer member, you can earn points for every $1 spent on eligible purchases. Many of these cards also come with complimentary extras such as travel insurance, while more premium cards may offer perks such as lounge access.

But it’s also important to note that these credit cards often come with high annual fees and interest rates. So if you’re considering getting a credit card that offers complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership, make sure you factor in the potential ongoing costs of the card. Ideally, the value you get from rewards and extras should outweigh the fees.

2. Get a prepaid travel money card

If you’re planning on spending time overseas, a travel money card can be a useful way to load and use the different currencies that you may need onto one card. The Qantas Cash card is a travel money card that doubles as a membership card for the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. If you’re not a Frequent Flyer member already, the membership fee will be waived when you apply for the card via the Qantas Cash website.

This card allows you to load and spend in up to 11 currencies, including Australian dollars. It also offers 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent overseas and 1 point per $2 spent in Australia. Note that there are ATM fees and a 1% loading fee for this card.

3. Get a transaction account that’s linked to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program

Personal transaction accounts, such as the Bankwest Qantas Transaction Account, may include complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership as a promotional feature. This product also offers 5 Qantas Points per eligible purchases made with the Debit MasterCard, 5 Qantas Points for overseas ATM withdrawals and 12 Qantas Points for every $100 in your account at the end of each month.

While reward debit cards and transaction accounts can be handy, you should be cautious of other high fees they may charge, such as those on overseas purchases. Make sure you compare a range of transaction accounts so that you can find one that meets your everyday banking needs.

4. Find Qantas free membership promotions

Qantas are currently offering free membership to Australian residents who are not already Qantas Frequent Flyer members and who accept the terms and conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. This offer is available directly through the Qantas Points website until 31 December 2016.

Qantas and its low-cost airline Jetstar also occasionally send out offers for complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership in their email newsletters. You can sign up for either or both newsletters and keep an eye out for this type of promotion while also browsing fare sales and travel packages.

5. Sign up through Woolworths Rewards

If you're a Woolworths customer and belong to the Woolworths Rewards loyalty program, not only can you convert your Woolworths Rewards points to Qantas Points, you can also sign up to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free. You'll just need to sign up through this page on the Qantas website. If you sign up for the Woolworths Rewards program, you can transfer 2,000 Woolworths Rewards points for 870 Qantas Points. Find out more about earning Qantas Points with Woolworths.

Other ways to get free membership

Qantas has a number of partners that also run promotions and offer free membership at different times. Offers in 2016 include:

  • Avis. Car hire company Avis offers customers complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer memberships through its website, as well as the opportunity to earn Qantas points on bookings. Check out Avis discount codes and save money on your bookings too.
  • Cruiseco. Customers of this travel agency can get Qantas Frequent Flyer memberships without a joining fee after making the final payment on eligible travel package arrangements.
  • LK Property Group. As well as offering points for property purchases, LK Property offers complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer memberships to customers who register their interest and buy a property.

A quick online search will also provide you with a number of forums that will show you how to become a Qantas Frequent Flyer member for free, so make sure to keep an eye out before you sign up with the program.

Qantas offers one of the most competitive rewards programs available. Before paying any joining fees, always do your research and look out for promotions. Skip the joining fee and become a Qantas Frequent Flyer member without the additional costs.

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Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is a journalist at finder.com.au who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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2 Responses to How to get free Qantas Frequent Flyer Membership 2016

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    m. | October 6, 2014

    i want free qantas airline membership

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      Shirley | October 7, 2014

      Hi Tahir,

      Thanks for your question.

      To obtain your free Qantas membership, please choose one of the options on this page and click on the link. Please follow the prompts on the page.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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