Frequent flyer memberships that are free

Information verified correct on December 3rd, 2016

travelling-overseas-planeDiscover the frequent flyer programs that allow you to become a member without paying a fee.

Frequent flyer programs are designed to give you access to rewards and privileges both in the air and on the ground. But some of these programs come at a price.

Whether it's a signup fee or an annual fee, paying to be a frequent flyer member can offset the value of reward points and other benefits. Fortunately, the frequent flyer programs we've listed below give you a way to get those benefits without the extra cost.

Here are the programs that you get to join for free:

Joining a frequent flyer program for free can be a great way to get more value out of your travel spending, particularly if you do regularly fly with the associated airline. But if the frequent flyer program you want to join does charge a fee, it may be worth paying the price to become a member or looking for promotions that allow you to join it for free. That way you'll be able to maximise your rewards so the membership is worth it for you.
How to get free Qantas Frequent Flyer membership

Compare Frequent Flyer Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

Rates last updated December 3rd, 2016
Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Bonus Points Annual fee
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
Earn 75,000 bonus Qantas Points after you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months plus enjoy $0 annual fee for the first year. Plus, enjoy easy payments with Apple Pay.
1.5 0.75 75,000 bonus points $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
American Express Essential Credit Card
Receive a $50 credit on eligible spend and get Smartphone screen insurance combined with a no annual fee for life card. Also enjoy a 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for 12 months.
1 $0 p.a. Go to site More info
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
Receive a full annual fee refund and save $149 if you meet the $6,000 spend requirement. Enjoy a balance transfer offer and platinum card benefits such as complimentary insurances and concierge services.
0 1 $149 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Enjoy 7,500 bonus Velocity Points when you meet the minimum spend requirement and earn up to 2 points for every $1 you spend, together with a $0 annual fee.
1 0 7,500 bonus points $0 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Discovery Card
Enjoy up to 7,500 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer Points and 1 point per $1 spent, plus 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months, all for a $0 annual fee.
1 0 7,500 bonus points $0 p.a. Go to site More info
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
Get 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Enjoy a waived annual fee for the first year and earn up to 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent.
1.5 0.5 50,000 bonus points $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
ANZ Frequent Flyer
Receive 25,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Plus enjoy a waived annual fee for the first year.
1 0.5 25,000 bonus points $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($95 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
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48 Responses to Frequent flyer memberships that are free

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    margaret | October 24, 2016

    How do I sign up? I can see the sample but where do I actually fill in the form Thankyou

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      Sally | October 25, 2016

      Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Just to confirm, you have come through to finder.com.au, not a frequent flyer website. However, if you can confirm which frequent flyer program you were hoping to sign up with (e.g. Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Australia’s Velocity program), we can send the registration link to you.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Sandra | October 17, 2016

    There are 4 people in my family who travels together. My husband, myself and 2 children 19 and 15. Can I apply for one membership and incorporate their flight travel on this membership or do I have to open separate membership for each of us.

    • Staff
      Sally | October 18, 2016

      Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for your question.

      While some frequent flyer memberships do allow family pooling (where you can link up separate family member’s accounts and pool all of the points in one account), you’d still need to sign up each family member individually.

      Did you have a particular frequent flyer program in mind? If so, we might be able to provide you with more information if you let us know which one it is.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    DMcKinlay | August 22, 2016

    can a nursing home have a rewards card in their name.

    • Staff
      Sally | August 22, 2016

      Hi DMcKinlay,

      Thanks for your question.

      Usually, frequent flyer memberships need to be under one name. Depending on the program, some let you have more than one person under the one account in a pooling system. However, this is usually only permitted between family members.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    Chrissie | June 10, 2016

    Can I join a frequent flyer programme, as I am travelling more often using Australian domestic Jetstar flights

    • Staff
      Sally | June 10, 2016

      Hi Chrissie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You can browse frequent flyer programs you can join here. You can usually join these frequent flyer programs by signing up online.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    JB | February 7, 2016

    I am looking for the credit card (uses in Australia) which earn Thai Airways Point please introduce me as many card as available in Australia or International.

    • Staff
      Sally | February 8, 2016

      Hi JB,

      Thanks for your question. At the moment, no Australian credit cards earn direct rewards with Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus. Currently, the American Express Membership Rewards program is the only rewards program that allows you to transfer your points or miles to the Thai Airways rewards program.

      You can compare American Express credit cards here.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    lovatt | January 4, 2016

    Can I join a frequent flyers club that gives me air miles?
    If so – How do I do it

    • Staff
      Sally | January 4, 2016

      Hello Lovatt,

      Thanks for your question. Most frequent flyer programs and credit cards allow cardholders to earn points or miles with a specific program rather than with Air Miles.

      As Air Miles is a Canadian-based rewards program, you won’t find any Australian frequent flyer credit cards that are connected to this program.

      Sorry we couldn’t be of more assistance.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    I | December 29, 2015

    How we can apply .

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      Jodie | December 31, 2015

      Hi there,

      You have come through to finder.com.au a comparison website and general information service.

      If you would like to apply for any of the frequent flyer programs mentioned on this page please visit their official website where you can fill out an application form or contact them directly to discuss the application process.

      Regards
      Jodie

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    ajay | October 13, 2015

    I want to join frequent flyer programme guide me.

    • Staff
      Sally | October 13, 2015

      Hi Ajay,

      If you could please confirm which frequent flyer program you’re interested in, we can provide you with further assistance.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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    Beatriz | October 4, 2015

    I don’t know if I am in your program? And if not where do I get in?
    Thanks

    • Staff
      Sally | October 6, 2015

      Hi Beatriz,

      Thank you for your question.

      Just to confirm though, you have come through to finder.com.au, not a frequent flyer program.

      If you could confirm which program you’re interested in, we could forward you the relevant contact details so you can confirm if you’re already an existing member.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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    Lily | September 28, 2015

    Hi. I am wondering whether I am an existing member.

    • Staff
      Sally | September 29, 2015

      Hi Lily,

      Thanks for your question.

      Just to confirm, you have come through to finder.com.au, not an airline frequent flyer program.

      As such, we’re unable to confirm the status of your membership. You’ll need to get in touch with your relevant frequent flyer program to confirm these details.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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