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Frequent Flyer Silver

Frequent Flyer Silver is one of five tiers that make up Qantas’ frequent flyer membership scheme.

Silver is considered an entry-level card and is the lowest of the elite status tier that can be achieved.

Qantas is part of the Oneworld Alliance meaning that if you hold Frequent Flyer Silver status, it will be equivalent to Oneworld Ruby status and will offer similar benefits on flights with other Oneworld Airlines.

Qantas plane flying over sydney

About Qantas & Frequent Flyer

Qantas is one of the world’s longest-established airlines and is the only Australian airline in any global airline alliance.

Qantas Frequent Flyer is, by no surprise, the most popular frequent flyer program in Australia, starting in 1987 and growing to almost 12 million members today.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Basics



Quantas’ Frequent Flyer Program is aptly called Frequent Flyer.

In every Oneworld Frequent Flyer account two currencies are collected simultaniously Status Points which determines your status level and Reward Currencies which can be exchanged.


Status Credits

Status Credits is the name given to Qantas’ Status Points System.

The number of Status Credits held is used to calculate your elite status tier. In general, the more Status Credits you accrue the higher your elite status tier.


Qantas Points

Qantas Points is the name of the Airline Reward Currency used by Qantas.

A points-based reward scheme used by the airline which can be exchanged for reward seats, flight upgrades and travel-based experiences.

Oneworld Ruby

Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver is equivalent to Oneworld Ruby status and you will receive similar benefits when flying with other Oneworld Alliance members.

At least 12 Months

A membership year lasts for no less than 12 months expiring at the end of the membership year the following year.

A Membership Year’ commences on the first day of the month of the Member’s Anniversary Month and concludes on the last day of the Anniversary Month the following year.

Soft Landing

If you do not reach the required the Status Credits to re-qualify and retain your Qantas Frequent Flyer status, in the following membership year you will drop a status tier until you eventually reaching Qantas Frequent Flyer Bronze.

FREE For Most

Qantas is one of the few airlines in the world to charge a fee for joining its frequent flyer program – or to be more precise: Australians and New Zealanders have to pay to join. The rest of the world gets in for free.

For the unfortunate, the cost is $99.50 for Australians and $60 for New Zealanders to get the Bronze Card.

There is no other use for Status Credits other than setting your elite status; they cannot be spent.

How to Collect Status Credits

When you travel with Qantas, a Oneworld partner airline, its subsidiaries, or in some specific cases non-Oneworld member airlines you earn Status Credits with which you can use to achieve higher levels of elite status and unlock different rewards as you do.

The Frequent Flyer Bronze membership is the most basic and available to everyone and does not come with any benefits except the ability to earn Status Credits and Qantas Points. Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One status are earned and come with a varying degree of benefits.

Moving up the ladder within Qantas Frequent Flyer is completely dependent on the number of Status Credits accrued within a given year, and unlike Qantas Points, expire after a set time – in this case, Status Credits expire at the end of your membership year.

Status Credits can only be earnt by actually flying, not by signing up to credit card deals. There is no other use for Status Credits other than setting your elite status; they cannot be spent. The general rule is that they are usually based on the distance of the flight and the fare class you are travelling in.

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Qantas Frequent Flyer works a little differently than to other Oneworld members. Some differences include:

Zone Based Calculations

Unlike revenue-based reward programs, such as American Airlines, there is no concept of Elite Qualifying Miles to achieve status(the notion that you need to travel a set distance to achieve an elite level).

Additionally, unlike Royal Air Maroc, Qantas uses a Zone based system to reward Status Credits and does not calculate miles based on the distance travelled.

Fewer Status Credits on Renewal

Unlike carriers such as British Airways, you do not require as many Status Points to renew your elite status the following year once you have attained the level.

No Mid-Tier Bonus

Except for Frequent Flyer Platinum status, there are no mid-tier bonus’ for frequent fliers. This is in contrast to carriers like Cathay Pacific who do offer mid-tier bonus such as lounge and upgrade vouchers to be used.

Qantas does offer a 50 Status Credits as a “loyalty bonus” for every 500 Status credits (up to 2,000 in a membership year) but this isn’t the same as they come with a few too many restrictions.

Lifetime Status

Qantas, along with British Airways are one of the few carriers which offer a path for Lifetime status.

Routes to Earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver Status

Annual Route

The only way to reach Frequent Flyer Silver is to either fly with Qantas, a Oneworld partner airline, its subsidiaries, or in some specific cases non-Oneworld member airline.

There are no alternate routes to earn Silver status on an annual basis- such as building up the number of flights taken in a given membership year. For Example Royal Air Maroc for their entry-tier status requires 15 flights in a membership year instead of Status Points

Furthermore, there are no minimum flight restrictions.

To achieve Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver status, you need 300 Status Credits

On Renewal you need you just need 250 Status Credits

Lifetime Membership

Alternatively, if you are able to do so, you are able to achieve lifetime Silver status if you can acute the required Status Credits over your membership lifetime.

To achieve Lifetime Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver status, you need 7,000 Status Credits.

Benefits of Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver

Outline of the Benefits of having Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver membership.

Exta Qantas Points

On Qantas, Jetstar and American Airlines

When travelling on eligible flights on Qantas and Jetstar, you will receive 50% more Qantas Points.

When Travelling on American Airlines, you will receive an extra 25% more Qantas Points.

Preferential & Complementary Seating

Qantas & Jetstar Only

Preferences accommodated where possible at time of booking for Premium Economy, Business and First class seats at time of check-in.

For Economy class, from remaining available seats on Qantas operated flights and flights with a oneworld alliance airline flight number only.

Priority Check-in &

Business Class Counters

Members have access to use priority check-in desks when departing at select airports and services. Premium Service check-in counters are available when flying domestically; Business Class check-in desks are available when flying internationally on either Qantas or other Oneworld carriers.

Luggage Extra Luggage Allowance

Variable rules depending on Airline and travel location.

Luggage policies can be found on the Qantas website.

When travelling on flights internationally, Qantas uses the weight system and Silver members get 12Kg extra over Bronze members (as a minimum).

When Travelling to the Americas, Qantas uses the piece system and Silver members can get an extra piece of luggage over the base allowance when travelling in Economy and Premium Economy but not Business or First.

One Complimentary Lounge Pass

Is it as good as it sounds?

With Frequent Flyer Silver status, you get one business class lounge pass.

you have access to Qantas lounges in Australia or abroad.

This coupon needs to be applied to your ticket no less than 24 hours before departure.

Status Hold

When the family grows

For members who are about to enter maternity or paternity Qantas allows eligible Silver members to put their status on hold for up to 18 months.

The benefit of this (compared to Cathays Membership holiday) is that you can still continue to earn Qantas Points and Status Credits during this time.

Calculating the Number of Status Credits Earned

Qantas calculates the Status Credits accrued based on predefined zones similar to how British Airways has their anecdotal 2,000 miles rule. In Qantas’ case, there are defined rewards for set routes (such as Sydney to Hawaii), by region (Europe to Singapore) or by Zone (2,501 to 3,500 miles for example)

As such, the number of Status Points earned is dependant on 3 factors, the Route, the carrier you have flown with, and the class of travel.

For example, making a return trip from Singapore (SIN) to London (LHR) in Business Class with Qantas will earn 330 Status Credits, however, the same trip with British Airways would only earn 240 Status Credits.

Effectively, there is a trade-off. Qantas is one of the only airlines in the alliance (along With Cathay Pacific) which places no minimum requirement to fly a certain number of flights with them to reach Gold status (the only time there is a requirement is to reach Platinum One and when you enacted a status hold). However, what this means is that you will not be earning the same number of points on other member airlines when compared to flying Qantas.

The simplest and best tool for finding out how many Status Credits you’ll earn on any flight is to use Qantas Status Credit Calculator or if you prefer, you can view the Award Table to see the exact breakdown as some smaller routes on partner airlines aren’t shown – such as London (LHR) to Valencia (VLC) on British Airways.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Cards



Oneworld Ruby


Oneworld Sapphire


Oneworld Emerald


Platinum One

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