Changes to Qantas Frequent Flyer program

The proposed partnership between Qantas and Emirates will not only mean more choice for Australians booking international flights, but those enrolled in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program now have more ways to earn points.

From 31 March 2013 (subject to regulatory approval) the following will apply:

Earning points
Flights taken on either Emirates or Qantas flights will earn points; how many depends on the class of travel booked and the airline flight number on the ticket. Flights with a QF number will earn the full points and status credits and flights with an EK number will earn points at a reduced rate. To find out how many points you will receive for travelling, visit

Redeeming points
You will be able to use your points to book a Class Award flight on Emirates services and, for most flights, the number of points required will be the same. To get an idea of how many points you need for the most popular flights, visit

Upgrades can only be granted when using points if the original flights is booked on a Qantas operated aircraft.

Lounge access
For travel from 31 March 2013 Platinum One, Platinum and Gold Qantas Frequent Flyers will have access to the Emirates lounges where available across Australia, Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

In Dubai, Platinum One and Platinum Frequent Flyers will have access to the Emirates First Lounges and Gold Frequent Flyers will have access to the Emirates Business Lounges.

Qantas Club members can continue to access the Qantas lounges across the Qantas network as well as the Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai and the American Airlines Admirals Club in London when flying Qantas or Emirates between Australia, Dubai and London.

Reciprocal lounge access is not permitted for the Americas, New Zealand or South Africa.

Find out which lounges you can access

Luggage allowance
Qantas passengers will now enjoy a luggage allowance of 30kg. Depending on where you fly, there may be baggage restrictions. Find out more about Qantas’s new baggage policy.  

Written by Debbie McTaggart