One of the best feature of Qantas Frequent Flyer is probably the ability to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points when you fly with any of the Jetstar airlines, i.e. Jetstar Airways (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Jetstar Pacific (BL) or Jetstar Japan (GK).
If you are a Gold or Platinum member, you will also enjoy all the perks associated with your status, for instance, lounge access at select departure ports with Qantas lounges.
How to earn Qantas Points and status credits with Jetstar?
To do so, you will need to add on either the Starter Plus or Starter Max bundle. If you are flying with Jetstar Airways in Business, you will need to add the Business Max bundle.
Out of Singapore, the Starter Plus and Max bundles will cost anything from S$35 to over S$200, but the points and status credits are pretty much worth it. Of course, you will also get other perks such as complimentary food, check in baggage allowance, and lounge access at select ports.
How many Qantas Points and status credits will I earn?
Qantas uses a combination of zonal and distance based rules to decide how many points and status credits you will earn from each flight.
While the official Qantas chart can be rather confusing with 10 different categories, Jetstar fares will only fall under three categories:
- Economy (for Starter Plus bundle),
- Flexible Economy (for Starter Max bundle) and
- Business (for Business Max bundle).
Qantas points and status credits are earned primarily based on two categories, either zone-based, or distance-based.
Zone-based earn rates usually apply to flights to and from Australia and New Zealand, while mileage-based earn rates are for everywhere else. For Jetstar Asia, that also means that you will earn based on the distance of your flights.
Some rules here:
- If there are multiple sectors in your journey with different flight numbers (e.g. 3K341 from SIN to DPS and JQ117 from DPS to PER), then they count separately.
If there are multiple sectors in your journey with the same flight numbers (e.g. JQ117 from SIN to DPS to PER), then it earns the points and status credits as if it’s one single flight.
To make things easy, here are some easy reference charts that I have compiled:
Qantas Points & Status Credits earn chart for Jetstar Asia from Singapore
|From/to Singapore||Starter Plus||Starter Max|
|Up to 750 miles|
|From 751 to 1500 miles|
Ho Chi Minh City
|From 1501 to 2500 miles|
Shantou / Jieyang
|Over 2500 miles|
If you are travelling to Australia, the zone-based chart will apply to you:
Qantas Points & Status Credits earn chart for Jetstar Airways & Jetstar Asia from Singapore
|From/to Singapore||Starter Plus||Starter Max||Business Max|
If you are flying on any other Jetstar services, including Jetstar Pacific and Jetstar Japan, the distance-based rules will apply and you can also use the handy calculator that Qantas has here.