How to buy Qantas Frequent Flyer Points in 2023
Coming up slightly short for a Qantas Reward Flight or upgrade? Here's how to purchase Qantas Points, and whether it's worth it.
Eyeing a Qantas Reward Flight redemption or Business Class upgrade but falling short of the Qantas Frequent Flyer points required? One quick fix is to buy those points with cash. Here's how to go about it and the traps to watch out for.
How do I buy Qantas Frequent Flyer Points?
- Go to the top-up points page on the Qantas website and log into your frequent flyer account.
- Select the number of points you want to buy, accept the terms and conditions and hit the payment button.
- Enter your credit card or debit card details and confirm the payment. You can pay with a valid Visa, Mastercard or American Express card.
Alternatively, you can buy points by contacting the Frequent Flyer Service Centre at 13 11 31 between 7am and 7pm (AEST), Mondays to Saturdays. A service fee of $35 applies for purchases made over the phone.
You can only buy top-up points for your own Qantas Frequent Flyer account. It isn't possible to buy points for someone else, though you could purchase points and then transfer them to a family member.
How much do Qantas Frequent Flyer Points cost?
Qantas doesn't publish a full table of points pricing, so we've done the hard work and pulled a full list of the current pricing below. (Prices accurate as of 9 October 2023).
We've also listed how much you'll pay per 1,000 Qantas Points. That rate ranges from $56 to $26.66. Qantas sometimes runs "bonus points sales" where you get more points if you're buying a larger quantity. These can be a good way to top up more cheaply.
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Is buying Qantas Points worth it?
Paying for points makes the most sense if you're very close to being able to earn a high-value reward, and you can see current availability. Remember, purchasing the points does not guarantee that you'll earn a reward flight or upgrade.
How you spend the points is crucial. As our full guide to what a Qantas Point is worth explains, upgrades generally get you the most value. While I'm a fan of spending points on domestic flights, that's less effective when you're buying small numbers of points.
If you're paying $56 per 1,000 Qantas Points but redeeming for a reward with an effective value of $25 per 1,000 Qantas Points, such as a domestic flight, that's a bad value deal.
You may also be better off paying full fare for your flight now and accumulating more points and status credits towards your next redemption, rather than buying points to redeem the flight.
How many Qantas Frequent Flyer Points can I buy?
There are some rules for buying Qantas Points:
- Points are sold in blocks of 1,000. You can purchase a minimum of 1,000 points up to a maximum of 150,000 points at one time.
- The number of points you can buy will vary depending on your current Qantas Frequent Flyer Point balance.
- Qantas Frequent Flyer may change the dollar amount required for top-up points at any time, without notice.
When can I buy Qantas Frequent Flyer Points?
- You can purchase points up to 4 times in a 12-month period.
- You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for at least 30 days before buying points.
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