Qantas Frequent Flyer is the most popular airline loyalty program in Australia. The program rewards Qantas customers with points for their travel that can be redeemed for a myriad of rewards, the best of which being First and Business Class flights across their domestic and international network. Flying also generates Status Credits which count towards a member's tier within the program, higher tiers give travellers benefits such as lounge access and priority boarding. This page summarises my opinion on the key strengths and weaknesses of Qantas Frequent Flyer, along with a summary of the program itself, how you can earn points and which flyers are most suited to it.
Qantas Frequent Flyer has five membership tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One. A member's tier is based on how many Status Credits they've earned in a 12 month period. The status credits required for each level are as follows:
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As Australia's largest airline, Qantas' domestic route and lounge network is the most extensive in Australia, along with a solid array of international services and codeshare partners.
I would recommend Qantas Frequent Flyer for travellers who are doing a substantial amount of domestic or international travel. If achieved, Qantas' Platinum tier is far superior to Virgin Australia's Platinum level, with Qantas offering access to their dedicated Business Lounges and the International First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas has many more incentives and benefits than Velocity Frequent Flyer for travellers who are pulling in a substantial amount of Status Credits.
For flyers who are unlikely to reach the Qantas Platinum membership tier, the difference between Virgin Australia and Qantas becomes much less. Qantas offers a higher Status Credit earn rate on short flights, but Virgin often wins on fare price and requires less Status Credits to achieve Velocity Gold. For self funded flyers, I would recommend searching the most common routes you'll be flying and comparing what you'd likely be paying for each airline and whether the additional Status Credits are worthwhile. I think for most people the difference between Qantas Gold and Velocity Gold is rather small.
Not sure about Qantas Frequent Flyer? Australian travellers should also consider Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer.