Did you know you could use your Qantas Points with 26 other airlines?
In this guide, we explain who they are, how much they cost, where to search and where to book.
Which airline partners can I use my Qantas Points with?
Here is a list of them, with the airlines most likely to be used by travellers from Australia and New Zealand in bold:
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific (and its low-cost subsidiary Cathay Dragon)
- Japan Airlines
- LATAM (leaving the oneworld alliance on 1 May 2020)
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Jordanian
- S7 Airlines
- SriLankan Airlines
Morrocan airline Royal Air Maroc will join the alliance on 1 April 2020. Fiji Airways is a oneworld connect member, meaning travellers with elite oneworld status enjoy priority boarding and check-in on Fiji Airways flights.
Qantas has a surprisingly large amount of partners outside the oneworld alliance, numbering 14:
- Air France
- Air New Zealand (limited to NZ domestic flights)
- Air Niugini
- Air Tahiti Nui
- Air Vanuatu
- Alaska Airlines
- China Airlines
- China Eastern
- EL AL
Aer Lingus and Jet Airways are no longer Qantas partners since July and April 2019 respectively. KLM and Air France reward seats on selected codeshare routes are expected to come online in late 2019.
How do I know how many points each airline charges?
There are four different points tables (in order below of cheapest to most expensive), depending on which airline you want to fly with:
- Jetstar Classic Flight Rewards: Jetstar and its subsidiaries in Singapore, Japan and Vietnam. These prices are 20% lower than the next tier, but you’re usually better off buying Jetstar flights with cash
- Qantas Classic Flight Reward: Qantas, Airnorth, Air Vanuatu, American Airlines, Emirates and Fiji Airways
- Partner Classic Flight Rewards: all other airlines (Air Niugini, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Cathay Dragon, EL AL, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines)
- oneworld Classic Flight Rewards: when travelling on at least two oneworld airlines other than Qantas. This provides excellent value when you are flying long distances, such as around the world since the points needed are capped if certain conditions are met.
You can view the four points tables here.
Which airlines can you search for and book through the Qantas website?
qantas.com can be used to search for availability on Qantas and its preferred partners, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Jetstar and Qatar Airways.
Like other award redemptions, seats are subject to availability and there is a decent chance you might not be able to fly on the date you desire, so you need to be flexible on dates and routes (as always when using points to travel).
You can book flights on these airlines through the Qantas website without having to call them on the phone, which means bookings can be done very quickly.
What about the other airlines?
If you can’t seem to find your desired partner airline through the Qantas website, then it’s a good idea to check through other Oneworld partner websites just in case.
British Airways is the most reliable source for finding seats on most oneworld airlines like Japan Airlines, which Qantas may not have access to. Unfortunately, you can only register (for free) if you use a non-Australian address, but use a friend or family member (or make up an address) and you will be set.
One useful feature is that British Airways shows the number of reward seats available, which is great for planning. Try to avoid redeeming your points on British Airways flights themselves as the fuel surcharges are usually very high.
Meanwhile, the American Airlines AAdvantage website has a handy calendar view which shows which dates have reward seats in your requested cabin class.
As for the non-alliance partners, such as Alaska Airlines, you can either try their own website or there are a number of search engines that will do the work for you.
Once you are done selecting your preferred flights, call Qantas Frequent Flyer (Australia 13 11 31 / New Zealand 0800 101 500) between 8am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday and give them the flight numbers and dates you have found availability for to book your award flight.
If you cannot book the award online and have to call instead, then ask the phone agent to waive the phone booking fee. In some cases, availability can differ between partners. For example, the flights you saw on British Airways might not be available for booking on Qantas.
Using Qantas Points with partner airlines is one of the best uses of Qantas Points – if you didn’t realise you don’t just have to use your Qantas Points for Qantas flights, you have been missing out.
Understanding the different partners that Qantas Frequent Flyer have as well as how their points redemptions are priced is key to getting the most from your Qantas Points – so now you know!
One final tip, try not to mix and match airlines from different tables because it means each flight will be priced separately rather than as one ticket. This almost always means you will be paying more points and taxes. The only exception to this rule is the oneworld Award which requires multiple partner airlines.