This is How the New Qantas Frequent Flyer Program Makes It Easier to Use Your Points

Qantas Frequent Flyer changes

There are now a million more chances to fly around the world using your Qantas Points.

The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is undergoing its biggest overhaul in more than three decades, including making an extra one million Classic Flight Reward seats (Qantas' best value Reward Flight option using Qantas Points plus taxes, fees and carrier charges) available to members every year on Qantas and Partner airlines.

Existing tier benefits, points earn rates and eligibility criteria across the program remain the same – this is what you need to know about the exciting new ways you can use your points.

More Reward seats

The one million extra Classic Flight Reward seats are available especially during peak travel periods to popular cities such as London, New York, Singapore and more. All up, there will be five million reward seats up for grabs each year, including a 30 per cent increase over the next year in International premium cabin rewards~.

Reduced carrier charges

From today, you’ll pay up to 50 per cent less for fees on International bookings, with an average saving of $200 per return booking*.

Fewer points needed to book International Economy flights

Up to 10 per cent fewer points** are now needed to book a Classic Flight Reward seat in Economy on popular routes. For example, an Economy flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles now requires 83,800 points – 6200 less points that what is currently needed.

Points needed for Premium cabins on domestic and International Classic Flight Reward seats will increase by up to 15 per cent** and there will be an up to nine per cent increase in points needed for upgrades to better reflect the premium experience.

More partner airlines

You can now use Qantas Points on select flights with Air New Zealand, China Airlines and, coming soon, Bangkok Airways, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, in addition to the more than 50 partner airlines and affiliates you can already use points with.

New initiatives for loyalty members

Frequent Flyer members who accrue the majority of their points on everyday expenses, such as through using a Qantas Points-earning credit card to shop or linking their Qantas membership with their Woolworths Rewards card, will be eligible to join a new Points Club. Members who reach its points-earn threshold will get access to special rewards such as lounge access, bonus Status Credits and exclusive offers. It’s set to launch later this year.

Already this year, new initiatives to reward frequent flyers have been rolled out, such as the Points Plane flight from Melbourne to Tokyo departing in October.

A new lifetime status

Qantas Frequent Flyer who accrue 75,000 Status Credits will receive Lifetime Platinum status^. This means they’ll continue to receive all the benefits that come with reaching the Platinum tier, including access to Qantas International First Lounges and 100% more Qantas Points, regardless of how often they fly in the future. It will launch in September.    

Click here for terms and conditions.

SEE MORE: Is Flying the Only Way to Earn and Use Qantas Points?

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This is How the New Qantas Frequent Flyer Program Makes It Easier to Use Your Points