Travellers will have a new status to aim for in early 2022, with Qantas Frequent Flyer rolling out a fresh Green tier. It’ll be separate from your normal ‘flying’ level, so you can double up for maximum perks. This puts Qantas ‘Green and Gold’ status on the cards for budding explorers, huzzah!

Once it’s up and running, Qantas Green members can earn bonus Qantas Points or Status Credits. They’ll also receive invitations to exclusive events and more.

This new Green tier is a way of encouraging and recognising those who want to do their part by offering Qantas Points or status credits, which we know helps shape customer choices.

This isn’t the first time we’ve used points to reward members for taking positive action in their own lives. We’ve seen it work when we’ve provided points for walking through our wellbeing app, while the vaccination reward has been taken up by more than 600,000 members already.

– Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO, 26 November 2021

Reaching and retaining Qantas Green tier

Just like status earned from flying, Green tier needs to be earned or retained every membership year.

That’s achieved by completing at least five of the following six activities each year:

  1. Offset your flying. Either purchase carbon offsets when booking a flight on the Qantas website, or make a contribution to support sustainable aviation fuel.
  2. Travel sustainably, by staying in an ‘eco hotel’.
  3. Live a sustainable lifestyle, by purchasing carbon offsets via Qantas for your home and car. Or purchase and install solar panels at home.
  4. Choose sustainably. Either purchase wine from an eco vineyard, or offset your Qantas Wine or Qantas Store delivery.
  5. Grow your knowledge, by completing an ‘impact quiz’ by Qantas, to learn how to reduce yours.
  6. Give back, by contributing to a sustainability project or organisation.

It’s not yet clear how some of these achievements will be measured – such as whether your ‘eco hotel’ stay needs to be booked via Qantas Hotels. We expect to learn more in the New Year. For now, the Qantas website has a brief outline.

Qantas Green tier benefits

When you reach Green tier, kick things off by choosing your preferred reward, below. You’ll also get the same choice every year that follows if you retain your Green status.

  • Get a serve of bonus Qantas Points.
  • Collect some extra Status Credits.
  • Have Qantas contribute to a carbon offset or sustainable aviation fuel project on your behalf.

Qantas is yet to reveal how many Qantas Points or Status Credits will be offered via these rewards. But separate from that, you’ll also be able to earn bonus Qantas Points when purchasing ‘eligible sustainable products or experiences’.

Qantas Green tier members will also receive invitations to sustainability events and experiences. Plus, your Qantas digital membership card will also note your Green status, alongside your regular frequent flyer tier.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth unveil Qantas' Green tier in Sydney, with airline staff.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth unveil Qantas’ Green tier in Sydney.

Once the program launches next year, members can also earn extra rewards by being ‘green’. For instance, walking to work will boost your Green tier recognition.

Earn extra Qantas Points by being green

From today, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn Qantas Points when offsetting their household emissions. This is currently separate from Qantas’ Green tier, but will tie into the program from early next year.

Members will earn 10 Qantas Points per $1 spent when purchasing offsets for their house and car.

For instance, a typical two-person household with two cars would cost $170 per year to offset. This would come with a reward of 1,700 Qantas Points. It’d also count towards qualifying for Green tier, once the scheme launches next year.

Larger families, such as a four-person household with two cars, would pay $200 per year. At 10 Qantas Points per dollar, that generates a yearly reward of 2,000 Qantas Points.

The money collected by Qantas goes towards certified carbon offset projects. Among them, the restoration of local inland ecosystems, reforestation projects, and Indigenous fire management projects in Arnhem Land.

Qantas says that if just 100,000 members offset their home and car emissions for a year, more than one million tonnes of carbon could be removed from the atmosphere. Already, 11% of travellers booking flights via the Qantas website purchase carbon offsets alongside their fare.

Summing up

Small changes here and there can make a big difference to the environment. And soon, your Qantas Frequent Flyer balance can blossom as well.

While we’re yet to learn the full details behind Qantas’ Green tier, these initial teasers show it shouldn’t be difficult to go Green.

Qantas Frequent Flyer plants new ‘Green tier’ was last modified: November 26th, 2021 by Chris Chamberlin