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How to max Qantas frequent flyer points, status credits on Emirates

By David Flynn     Filed under: emirates, qantas, Qantas Frequent Flyer

The partnership between Qantas and Emirates has not only opened up dozens of new routes and one-stop flights into Europe and the UK, it also lets Qantas Frequent Flyers earn points and status credits when travelling with Emirates.

But there's a catch – and it's a big one.

Depending on something as rudimentary as the two letters which appear before your flight number, you could either be earning a full serve of Qantas points and status credits – or less than half as many points and no status credits.

Here's what you need to know before booking your next flight to Dubai or beyond with Qantas or Emirates.

Code Red (Roo): why the QF codeshare counts

Central to the Qantas/Emirates alliance was a codeshare agreement, which in plain English means that Emirates flights can carry a Qantas flight number – one that starts with the letters QF – in addition to Emirates' 'native' EK flight number.

For example, the evening Emirates flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai also carries the Qantas flight number of QF8413 (as it happens, all four-digit Qantas flight numbers beginning with '8' are actually Emirates flights).

Travellers can book onto the same flight under either the EK or QF code, but which one they choose makes a substantial difference to the number of Qantas frequent flyer points and status credits earned.

Let's say you're a Gold-grade Qantas Frequent Flyer travelling in Emirates business class from Sydney to Frankfurt.

If this is booked as an Emirates flight with the EK flight numbers stamped on your e-ticket – such as EK413 from Sydney to Dubai and then EK045 onwards to Frankfurt – you'll earn a total of 13,250 Qantas Points and zero status credits, as shown below by Qantas' own online points calculator.

However, the Qantas-Emirates partnership allows this same journey to be booked using QF flight numbers through Qantas or a Qantas travel agent.

You'll be travelling on the same Emirates flights with the same aircraft, except those flights will be tagged on your itinerary and e-ticket as QF8413 and QF8045.

Your haul almost doubles to 27,900 Qantas Points and you'll pocket 280 status credits – just by specifying the Qantas QF flight numbers instead of the native Emirates EK ones, as we've highlighted below.

(Added incentive: if that Sydney-Frankfurt flight is a return trip you'll earn 560 status credits, putting you just 40 short of re-qualifying for Gold status or getting you almost halfway to qualifying for Platinum status).

The easiest way to compare your haul of points and status credits between Qantas and Emirates flights over specific routes is using the Qantas' online calculator, as we've done here.

Just plug in where you're flying from and to – specify your Qantas Frequent Flyer status and the tye of fare – and flick between the QF and EK drop-down menu.

Note that this codeshare arrangement also applies to the Sydney-London and Melbourne-London routes flown by both Qantas and Emirates.

But while Qantas has one daily flight on each route, Emirates offers several – at times that may be better suited to your schedule than Qantas' roster, and on its A380s with an arguably better business class...

... plus the delightful diversion of an inflight bar.

Review: Emirates Airbus A380 inflight cocktail bar and lounge

So if you'd prefer to head to London's Heathrow Airport on Emirates' A380 rather than Qantas you can still book that trip under the QF flight numbers to earn the same number of Qantas points and status credit as if you were on QF1 or QF9.

(Just check that you're getting an A380 experience all the way – out of Sydney, for example, look for EK413/EK001 and EK415/005 to enjoy a superjumbo on both the Sydney-Dubai and Dubai-London legs).

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This article has been updated with the latest calculations of Qantas Points and Status Credits as at April 2016.

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

 

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1 on 21/3/14 by williamsusanto

when you purchase ek flight on qf website to get qf code share flight no then the air fare will be more expensive compare to purchase ek flight direct on ek website. Best is get EK FF.

1 on 21/3/14 by BillWat

Can we fly first EK (cabins and a great bathroom) with babushka next trip to europe?

2 on 21/3/14 by simon

completely agree with above comment - if  you want the QFF points/credits then the cost of the flight is significantly more going through Qantas site rather than Emirates site - book all mine through Emirates now and changed FFprogramme - much cheaper and better - plus Emirates fly from Adelaide!

1 on 15/4/16 by johnpasm

So you transferred all of your QF points to Emirares.....can you keep doing this though? I collect QF FF so how often can I convert into Emirates ? Thks

1 on 15/4/16 by Chris

The post doesn't say Qantas points can be converted to Emirates Skywards miles - this isn't possible, but you can naturally start using a new frequent flyer program and begin accruing points there at any time.

3 on 21/3/14 by Muzz

From previous experience, I would expect that also however after completing dummy bookings via both the QF and EK sites, for a one way SYD to DXB on the 16/04 in J, both priced the same $6115.00 (apart from a few cents).

In comparison, on a previous trip I booked PER to CDG via SIN and was given a QF option in code share with AF, after jumping on the AF site both J tickets were 3.5k less each....crazy price difference on same QF and AF metal, never makes sense to me.

4 on 21/3/14 by andrew255

It's shame that the agreement does not  grant status credits or tier miles if flown on each other airlines, therefore this partnership does not offer the full benefits to customer,

instead makes it complicated, 

I am a QFF platinum and gold on EK, thus when booking flights I have to make sure I give the FF number that corespondentts to the flight number I am booked in. If not I loose out on the tier / status credits which contribute ultimately to membership level at the end year.

On the contrary when flying on one world carriers I get both the miles and status credits for QFF.  This makes it easy for the customer. 

I am surprised they opted for this arrangement as in the past with the EK-Srilanka airlines partnership it did not matter what airline you flew you got the same tier miles accordingly to the tier of membership and class of travel 

5 on 21/3/14 by LinoNAC

However when you have Qantas points and wish to book an Awards ticket TT it is very hard to find availability on a Emirates A380 plane in business or first

It is very easy to find an award on a Qantas plane but Qantas I believe does not fly the A380 BNA to AKL to BNE only Emirate

(Both flights are under Qantas flight number) 

6 on 15/4/16 by Harry Schmitz

That's all very well, but booking it as a QF flight is much more expensive...

Pathetic-trying-to-maintain-QF-Platinum-status-credits-Me! :)

7 on 15/4/16 by Harry Schmitz

The inflight bar is full of people you wouldn't talk to in a pub.

:)

8 on 17/4/16 by Big T 42

When  you purchase a QF flight on a code share EK operated flight, that then

precludes using accumulated QF points to purchase an upgrade class on that

flight.  This is particularly annoying where QF have opted to withdraw their

previous QF operated flight to  QF/EK  code share. 

 Charles 952

9 on 19/4/16 by Pelican

Hi was booked Emirates JFK _ DBX _ SYD yesterday by work. I am QF Gold but decided to join Emirates FF as I knew I would get no status & minimal points with QF. UNFORTUNATELY when I got to JFK I found that I could not get into Emirates lounge on my minimal EK status but reception nicely changed my FF to QF then could gain entry.

I am very disappointed that Qantas has such an atrocious "partnership" with Emirates.

Did I do the right thing OR could I have gained admission with my sapphire One World status to the EK lounge or to another OW lounge. I would appreciate advice as I am returning in 5 weeks.

1 on 19/4/16 by Brian

Pelican - I could be wrong here but I think that there's a very good chance that EK would give you a status match based on your QF Gold status if you just ask email them. Unfortunately the EK/QF partnership cannot get you into OW lounges as of right.

1 on 19/4/16 by Pelican

Thanks Brian

Pardon my ignorance at the outset, but if I staus match with Emirates do I lose my QF Gold OR is that just an added benefit from EK?

1 on 19/4/16 by Brian

Added benefit mate - it won't affect your QF gold status one bit. EK don't do automatic status matches like some other airlines, but if you are a true frequent flyer and they think they'll get good value out of you, they will give it. Send them an email and ask. You've literally got nothing to lose.

1 on 19/4/16 by Pelican

Thanks, Brian. 

I have sent the email and will keep my fingers crossed.

1 on 22/4/16 by Pelican

Here is Emirates reply "Thank you for your email. I thank you for your interest in the Emirates Tiers. With the partnership between Qantas and Emirates, Qantas frequent flyer members enjoy the same benefits as Skywards members including priority check-in, lounge access, excess luggage and priority boarding.

........ We therefore don't process status match requests for Qantas members. If you have a frequent flyer card from another airline, please forward a scanned copy as a new webform on emirates.com. The card needs to have a minimum 6 month validity. Please note that Status match requests if approved are only possible to the next higher Tier."

The priority checkin noticw seemed to indicate that only Emirates higher FF's could use it. No mentions of One World or Qantas members. I will remember for next time.

This "partnership" between QF & EK is far from beneficial for QFF as

1. you need a QF TKT for any status credits & anything apart from minimal points PLUS (and this is the kicker)

2. no chance of upgrade with points, even if flying on a QF tkt but EK metal.

 

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