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How to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program for free

Last week when I was helping my friend sign-up to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program I realised something that I had totally forgotten: they charge a joining fee.

Forget paying that fee, there are numerous ways to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free in 2019. That’s right zero, nada, zilch.

Why join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program?

Here are just three reasons I recommend you sign-up:

  • Collect Qantas Points: you have to join to collect these babies, and there are some great reasons to do so. Even if you are not a frequent traveller, your points won’t expire if you earn even just 1 point every 18-months.
  • Redeem for Qantas Reward Flights: the real reason I collect Qantas points. Redeem your balance in part or in full for airfares with Qantas, Jetstar and their partners. This is how I’ve flown in Qatar’s Q-Suites, First class on Emirates, British Airways and Cathay Pacific and more!
  • Additional perks when you reach higher tiers of membership: If you are a regular traveller you should join to get benefits of higher membership tier levels. Think extra points, lounge access, extra baggage, and more!
  • You can be a member and live in any country around the world: While the far majority of the deals are targeted at Australians and New Zealanders, there are still many ways for members to earn around the world. Just earn 1 point event 18-months your frequent flyer points won’t expire.

How much is it to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program?

At the time of writing (March 2019) it costs Australians AU$99.50 to join the program, but there are numerous ways to join for free! Read on to find out how.

How to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program for free:

For Australians

If you are an Australian resident wanting to skip the Qantas Frequent Flyer program sign up fee this is for you. Simply click this click the link below.

As there’s no promo code box, sign up via this link that will take you to the Qantas website. You can see the promo code in the URL. (https://www.qantaspoints.com/join-now?code=FAMILYFREE)

For Kids

Even the littlest members of your family can become a Qantas frequent flyer with the Joey Club!

Kids of any age can sign-up and join to begin collecting their own Qantas Points. This means they also have access to family transfers if you want to upgrade your little one on flights… or top up Mum or Dad’s balance (I won’t tell!)

Note: to earn points kids will need to have their own seat and not travel on an infant fare to earn points.

Kids who sign up aged between 3-11 get a welcome pack that includes their own Joey Club passport!

Click here to join using the Qantas Kids Joey Club link.

Woolworths Rewards

One of the easiest ways to earn points is also the easiest ways to join Qantas frequent flyer for free. Simply sign up to supermarket Woolworths Everyday Rewards program and simply start earning in store.

For every $1 you spend you earn 1 point by shopping at Woolworths, BWS, Big W, and Caltex Woolworths fuel outlets. Then, for every 2000 points you earn, it can be converted to 870 Qantas Points.

It sounds like a lot but there are regularly bonus or even double point offers both in-store and online. Look out for them!

To earn points you must log into your account and opt in to converting your Woolworths savings to Qantas Points, otherwise it will come up as a $10 discount on your next shop. Trust me, I’ve had that shock when I realised I mucked up the settings once. Never again!
Simply go to WoolworthsRewards.com.au and go to ‘Redemption Settings‘ in the ‘My Account’ menu.

To take advantage of this, sign up using this link.

Hot tip: download the Woolworths App onto your mobile to access your Woolworths Rewards card with ease. Or take a photo of your card and save it as a ‘Favourite’ photo for easy access when you are shopping!

Join free with Deliveroo

Did you know those cheeky Deliveroo deliveries could be earning you Qantas Points?

Not only that, you could sign up ‘on the house’ with Qantas frequent flyer. Join free by signing up to a complimentary account. You’ll also earn 1,000 Qantas Points when you download and input your membership number into the app, and then 200 Qantas Points every time you order four or more times in a calendar month. Friday Night at home with Deliveroo is starting to sound appealing, right?!!

If you already have Deliveroo and want to add your Qantas Frequent Flyer number to your account, download the Deliveroo app, go to ‘My Account’ and add your Frequent Flyer number. Now you are ready to earn with each order!

Get your complimentary account for Deliveroo customers using this link.

Sign-up through Avis

Avis seems to be Qantas’ preferred car hire company and as a bonus are giving AVIS users – even those without a booking with the company – the ability to sign up for free to the Qantas frequent flyer program!

Qantas rewards people who hire with Avis 4 Qantas Points per $1 spend on vehicle rentals.

If you don’t mind waiting a little longer, Qantas and Avis tend to do a joining bonus around the middle of the year every year. I’ve only ever seen it being 1,000 Qantas Points, but it’s a nice kickstart to your account.

To sign up using the Avis link, click here.

Get a Qantas Travel Money card

Heading overseas and looking for a travel money card? The Qantas Travel Money card doubles as a prepaid travel card and your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership card. That means you’ll be spending your own money instead of spending your way into debt with a credit card.

You can load the card with 11 international currencies, a locked in exchange rate, and earn points when using the card in Australia and overseas.

When you sign up for Qantas Travel Money, you become a Qantas frequent flyer program member for free!

For those living overseas

Not only does Qantas charge Australians to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program but they also charge New Zealanders NZD$60, but for those from the rest of the world, you can become a Qantas Frequent Flyer for free!

I have found that despite all of the above links saying they are open to Australian residents only, they all work for international sign-ups.

As someone who lives overseas you may be questioning why you’d want to join an Australian frequent flyer program when your countries local airline is sure to have their own.

Qantas is part of the OneWorld alliance with member airlines including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and LATAM. Their reach extends to every continent (well, except Antarctica) with the Royal Air Maroc joining OneWorld as their first African partner from mid-2020, making it arguably one of the strongest airline alliances in the world.

As part of a member alliance, you can redeem frequent flyer points (in this case, Qantas Points) for seats onboard these partner airlines, as well as select Qantas’ partner airlines. You can also earn frequent flyer points and status credits with both OneWorld Members and select partner airlines.

Outside of airlines, Qantas has some interesting partners who you can earn points from including: Airbnb (only Qantas, Delta, and ANA offer this), Uber (American and Qantas are the only two I can think of), and as more US and UK-based companies are joining Qantas’ online shopping portal there are more opportunities to earn (Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Harrods, Marks & Spencers, Glassons, Nasty Gal, and West Elm are just a few who have joined recently).

Thinking of using airbnb on your next holiday?
Sign-up using this link to receive a $35 credit towards your booking!

More links to sign up to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program for free

Note: these links can stop working at any time. While I will do my best to keep them fresh, please let me know if they don’t work. And let your friends and family know they don’t need to pay the Qantas Frequent Flyer program joining fee! Save that and put towards your next adventure.


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