Imagine sitting on the balcony, feeling the salty tang of the wind on your face. Cruises hold a massive appeal for many travellers. So whether you’re planning a short cruise close to home or an international voyage, here’s how you can earn frequent flyer points on cruise bookings.

Qantas Airways Logo Earning Qantas Points on cruises

Unsurprisingly, Qantas Frequent Flyer has a cruising arm, powered by Cruiseguru.com. Booking through Qantas Cruises, you can earn one Qantas Point per dollar spent.

And in some cases, you might even get a better rate! We priced up a P&O Tasmanian Cruise in December 2022, in a Balcony room with the ‘Value’ add-on selected. Qantas Cruises was about $118 cheaper, while also earning you 4,640 Qantas Points. Not a bad deal.

The same cruise, room and add-ons. P&O Cruises on the left, Qantas Cruises on the right.

Virgin Australia Logo Earning Velocity Points on cruises

If you’d rather soar on the likes of Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines or United after your cruising, then Cruisepilot is your answer. It’s a Velocity Frequent Flyer partner, offering a higher three points per dollar spent. Plus, elite Velocity members enjoy 50-100% bonus points on top.

  • Silver members: 50% bonus points
  • Gold members: 75% bonus points
  • Platinum members: 100% bonus points

Doing a similar price test on P&O cruises, we found that the Cruisepilot pricing is identical. But a Velocity Platinum member can earn 28,548 Velocity Points while a Red member still gets a hefty 14,274 Velocity Points. That’s a significantly higher haul than from Qantas Cruises.

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Double-dip with a points-earning credit card

We’ve covered some ways to earn frequent flyer points when booking a cruise. But by paying for your cruise using a credit card that earns frequent flyer points, you can pocket extra points in the process. For example, the American Express Platinum Card earns 2.25 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent. You could then convert these flexible points to a number of airline partners, including KrisFlyer, Etihad Guest and Cathay, putting you one step closer to your next holiday.

You could even leverage a credit card sign up bonus, like the one below, to give your points balance a boost.

Quick mention: earning points with other programs

Out of Australia, there are many more hotel and airline loyalty programs that offer points for cruises. Some online rates are restricted to US residents only (such as Marriott, though you can call up). Examples include:

Summing up

If you’re looking to book a cruise, then consider booking through Qantas Cruises or Cruisepilot to earn frequent flyer points. Velocity members enjoy the best deal here, with three to six points per dollar spent depending on your status tier.

With Virgin Australia Economy flight rewards starting from 6,200 Velocity Points + taxes, it’s literally possible to earn enough points for ‘free’ domestic flights with your next cruise.

Most cruise lines also offer their own loyalty programs. Explore our guides to popular cruise loyalty programs, like Royal Caibbean’s Crown & Anchor Society or Carnival’s VIFP Club.

FAQs

Can you earn frequent flyer points from booking a cruise?

You can earn Qantas Points or Velocity Points when booking cruises through Qantas Cruises or Cruisepilot, respectively.

Can you earn Qantas Points on a cruise?

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn one Qantas Point per $1 on cruise bookings via Qantas Cruises.

Can you earn Velocity Points on a cruise?

Velocity Frequent Flyer members can earn at least three Velocity Points per $1 spent on cruise bookings via Cruisepilot. The earn rate is dependant on your Velocity tier – Silver members earn 50% bonus points, Gold members earn 75% bonus points, and Platinum members earn 100% bonus points on cruise bookings.

How to earn frequent flyer points on cruises in Australia was last modified: May 17th, 2024 by Brandon Loo