How to get Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum tier benefits with Qantas

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Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One cards

Higher Qantas Frequent Flyer membership status means more points and other benefits. Here’s what you need to know about each tier and how you can reach them.

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program was launched in 1987 and now has approximately 11.5 million members, making it the most established and popular airline loyalty program in Australia. Members of the program can earn Qantas Points for their flights with the airline, as well as through everyday spending with program partners or a Qantas frequent flyer credit card.

Your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership tier determines how many points you earn for flights, as well as unlocking a range of other privileges and benefits of the program. Here, we look at exactly what each status level offers and what you need to do to get there.

What are Qantas Frequent Flyer tiers?

Qantas Frequent Flyer tiers are used to define your membership level and benefits of the program. There are five different status tiers:

Each of these Qantas Frequent Flyer membership tier offers an increasing number of benefits, such as more points for flights, seating privileges, lounge access, seat upgrades and other travel benefits.

How to get higher Qantas Frequent Flyer status

While Qantas Points can be earned and redeemed for almost anything, your membership tier is determined by Status Credits. Every time you take an eligible flight, you earn a number of Status Credits based on where you fly, the airline you fly with and the type of fare. More flexible and premium fares offer a greater number of Status Credits than basic fares, as do longer flights.

For example, a Qantas flight from Sydney to Melbourne offers between 10 Status Credits (for discount economy fares) and 45 Status Credits (for flexible business fares), while a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles earns between 45 and 270 Status Credits for fares ranging from discount economy to first class.

When you accumulate enough Status Credits throughout your membership year, you can move up a tier in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. These credits expire at the end of each membership year, so you also need to earn a set number to maintain your status.

For example, you need to earn 300 Status Credits to move from Bronze to Silver membership. You then need to earn 250 Status Credits to maintain your status. Below we look at what each Qantas Frequent Flyer membership tier offers, and the Status Credits you need to get there.

qantas bronze card

Bronze

As the entry level tier for the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, Bronze membership gives you the ability to earn Status Credits and Qantas Points on your flights, as well as points with all program partners.

Bronze membership also gives you the opportunity to get a Qantas Cash card. This pre-paid debit MasterCard allows you to load and spend money in up to 11 currencies, including Australian dollars. You also earn 1 Qantas Point per $2 spent in Australian dollars and 1 point per AU$1 equivalent spent on purchases in foreign currencies.

You don’t need Status Credits to maintain your Bronze membership. This is the base level of the program, so you may revert back to Bronze status if you don’t earn enough Status Credits for a higher level of the program.

qantas silver card

Silver

You need 300 Status Credits to reach the Silver tier of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. You then need 250 Status Credits each year to maintain this level of membership.

Silver Qantas Frequent Flyer program membership offers 50% more points on eligible flights with Qantas or Jetstar and 25% more points on American Airlines and US Airways flights when compared to Bronze membership earn rates.

Other Silver benefits

  • Priority telephone service in Australia
  • Seat selection and preferred seating benefits
  • Preferential access to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats when compared to Bronze members.
  • Upgrade request priority over Bronze members
  • Priority check-in
  • Complimentary Q Bag Tags with technology that links your baggage with your flight details
  • Extra checked baggage allowance
  • One single invitation to any Qantas Club
  • Priority waitlist/airport standby
  • Membership Status Hold for parental leave of up to 18 months

Silver Qantas Frequent Flyer status also gives you Ruby status with oneworld alliance airlines. This provides benefits such as preferred seating, priority check-in and priority standby or waitlisting for eligible oneworld flights.

In addition to these benefits with Qantas and oneworld airlines, Emirates offers Silver members priority check-in, extra baggage allowance and priority waitlist/airport standby. These perks are available when you fly with Emirates between and within Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Australia and include your Silver membership number on the booking.

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Gold

Gold status is awarded when you earn 700 Status Credits in a membership year. You require 600 Status Credits to maintain Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold membership in each subsequent year.

In comparison to the Bronze tier, Gold members get 75% more points on eligible flights with Qantas, Jetstar, American Airlines and US Airways. You also have the opportunity to get 8,000 bonus points for every 500 Status Credits you earn on eligible Qantas or Jetstar flights, up to a maximum of 32,000 points per year.

As a Gold member, you get all the benefits of Silver membership, with preference over Silver and Bronze members where applicable. You also get:

Other Gold benefits

  • Priority baggage
  • Priority boarding
  • Access to premium security lanes
  • On-departure upgrade requests for domestic Qantas flights
  • Qantas lounge access for you, one adult guest and up to two children for eligible fares

Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold membership also gives you oneworld Sapphire status. Privileges include preferred seating and priority check-in regardless of the fare class for eligible oneworld flights. Meanwhile, Emirates offers Gold Qantas Frequent Flyers priority boarding and lounge access, in addition to the benefits provided for Silver members.

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Platinum

You become a Platinum Qantas Frequent Flyer member when you earn 1,400 Status Credits during your membership year. You need 1,200 Status Credits to maintain this level of membership in subsequent years.

Platinum members get 100% more points on eligible flights with Qantas, Jetstar, American Airlines and US Airways (compared to Bronze point rates). As with Gold membership, you get 8,000 bonus points for every 500 Status Credits earned on eligible Qantas or Jetstar flights, up to a maximum of 32,000 per year.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum status gives you access to all the benefits of the Bronze, Silver and Gold tiers, as well as priority over lower status levels for privileges such as seat selection, upgrades and reward bookings.

Other Platinum benefits

  • Priority baggage on Qantas flights regardless of fare class
  • Generous extra checked baggage allowance
  • Faster international upgrade request approval and confirmation
  • Priority economy seat purchasing options for up to two passengers
  • Business or First Lounge access regardless of fare class

As a Platinum Qantas Frequent Flyer member, you also have the chance to unlock more benefits as you earn Status Credits. When you reach 2,400 Status Credits in a year, you can choose from any of the three following options:

  1. Complimentary Gold membership for a family member or friend or
  2. Three complimentary Qantas Valet Parking or Chauffeured Transfer invitations
  3. A bonus of 50,000 Qantas Points

In addition to these benefits, Platinum membership with Qantas gives you Emerald oneworld status. This entitles you to preference over lower tiers of the alliance for privileges including seating and check-in, as well as greater lounge access.

Emirates also offers more premium benefits to Platinum Qantas Frequent Flyer members, with a greater checked baggage allowance, express immigration options, and premium Emirates Lounge access.

qantas platinum one card

Platinum One

This is the top tier of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, and requires you to earn 3,600 Status Credits to get and maintain Platinum One status. Qantas Frequent Flyer also specifies that at least 2,700 of these credits must be earned on Qantas-marketed flights.

As with Platinum membership, you get 100% more Qantas Points for eligible flights with Qantas, Jetstar, American Airlines and US Airways. You also get the 8,000 bonus points for every 500 Status Credits you earn up to 32,000 each year. In addition to all the benefits of the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze membership tiers – and preference over these status levels – you get the following exclusive Platinum One privileges:

Other Platinum One benefits

  • Complimentary Platinum membership for a partner
  • Highest upgrade priority
  • 24/7 Priority Telephone Service and Platinum One Team services
  • The fastest upgrade services of any status level
  • Priority upgrade for family members (when you use your points)
  • Exclusive access to extra Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats
  • No “Award Assistance Fees” for reward flight bookings
  • No booking fees on new Qantas bookings made with points or cash
  • No fee for transferring points to family members
  • Fee free earlier flights when travelling on eligible flexible domestic Qantas fares
  • Complimentary extra legroom seating
  • A bonus 75,000 points for reaching 5,000 Status Credits on Qantas and Jetstar flights during one membership year
  • A bonus 100,000 points for reaching 7,000 Status Credits on Qantas and Jetstar flights in one membership year
  • Complimentary access to Sydney Museum’s MCA Lounge for you and your guests
  • Complimentary Premium Qantas Golf Club membership
  • Complimentary Premium Qantas epiQure membership
  • Invitations to special events and experiences
  • Exclusive privileges with MONA
  • Double Qantas Points at participating Qantas Restaurants

Platinum One membership also gives you oneworld Emerald status, and comparable benefits to Platinum membership on eligible oneworld flights. Emirates, on the other hand, offers a higher level of preference to Platinum One members (when compared to the lower tiers of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program) and an additional 20kg of checked baggage.

How many Status Credits will I get for a flight?

If you want to move up to Silver, Gold, Platinum or Platinum One membership in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, earning Status Credits will be a huge priority. While the amount of credits varies significantly based on the flight, airline and fare class, the following tables outlines some of the Status Credit options for some domestic and international flights with Qantas.

Domestic flight Status Credit earning examples

FlightDiscount economyFlexible economy Business Flexible business
Sydney to Melbourne102040 45
Sydney to Perth20408095
Brisbane to Melbourne15306070

International flight Status Credit earning examples

FlightDiscount economyEconomyFlexible/ premium economyFlexible premium economy Business Flexible businessFirst
Sydney to Los Angeles456090115180200270
Sydney to Hong Kong30406070120135180
Melbourne to London7095140165280310420

These are just a few examples of the Status Credits you could earn on some Qantas flights. For specific trips, you can also check out the point and status credit calculator on the Qantas website to find out what you would earn based on airline, destinations and fare class.

How do I get Qantas membership status for life?

While Status Credits are earned and reset annually, Qantas Frequent Flyer also keeps a record of how many credits you have earned over the life of your membership. This allows you to get Silver or Gold membership for life, regardless of how much you fly in subsequent years. The total Status Credits you need to accumulate for lifetime Silver or Gold membership are outlined below:

Lifetime Silver membershipLifetime Gold membership
 7,000 Status Credits14,000 Status Credits

To give you an example of how this lifetime Qantas status would work, let’s say you’ve been a Qantas Frequent Flyer member for 7 years and have earned an average of 1,000 Status Credits annually. On a cumulative basis, that would equal 7,000 Status Credits and entitle you to Lifetime Silver status. In this scenario, you could still reach Gold, Platinum or Platinum One membership during each year by earning the required amount of points, but would also stay a Silver member if you earned less than the 600 Status Credits normally required to maintain this status.

From priority check-in to more points for flights, Qantas frequent flyer memberships offer greater benefits for each status level you reach. Now that you know more about what’s available to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members, you can check your Status Credits and book flights based on which tier you want to get to with your membership.

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