Qantas increases American Airlines Earn Rates


Qantas Frequent Flyers will now earn more Points and Status Credits when flying American Airlines to North America. In addition, a range of flights within North America will also receive a boost.

Coming into effect today, the changes largely reverse the changes that came into effect in 2017. 

The move follows approval of a joint venture between Qantas and American Airlines. The previous reductions came into play when the original joint venture was rejected.

The Changes

Qantas have made the changes in two places.

Firstly, they have adjusted the Partner Earning tables. Form most flyers, this will give the most significant earnings boost.

In addition, Qantas has unwound some of the changes that had been made to the fare classifications. For example, some Discount Economy fares, are now classified as Economy.  This could give you a further boost to your earnings.

New Trans Pacific Earning rates

Qantas has updated its Partner Earnings tables to reflect the new earnings that will apply from 1 October 2019. The changes affect both the Points and Status Credits earnings of the affected flights.

For example, consider a flight in business between Sydney and Los Angeles. Such a flight will see an you earn 13,500 Qantas Points. This is 4,125 Points more than the 9,375 Qantas Points you used to earn. Even better, your status credits haul will double – up from 90 Status Credits to 180 Status Credits.

From Australia

The updated table for travel from Australia is shown below.

Partner Earning Australia - US

Partner Earning Australia – US

From New Zealand

If you are flying American Airlines between New Zealand and the US, then the following changes will apply:

Partner Earning NZ- US

Partner Earning NZ- US

Within North America

On routes within North America, there are some changes if flying between the US and Canada, or between Dallas and New York/Boston.


Partner Earning US - Canada

Partner Earning US – Canada

Between Dallas and New York/Boston

Partner Earning Dallas - New York

Partner Earning Dallas – New York

Fare Classification changes

In addition to the earning table, Qantas has also made changed to some fare classifications. These changes coming into effect today are:

  • G and S class has been reclassified from Discount Economy to Economy
  • H class has been reclassified from Economy to Flexible Economy.
  • P Class has been reclassified as Premium Economy

For the most part, these undo changes that have been in place since 2017.

Earn Category Changes

Earn Category Changes



If you are flying American Airlines, and credit to Qantas Frequent Flyer, you may be in for additional earnings. In some cases, you could earn twice as many Status Credits from today.

This may have an effect on which program you should credit any American marketed flight to, It is, however, an individual thing, and you should consider your own flying patterns to determine if you need to make changes.

For further information, refer to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Airline Earning Tables.

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About Author

Mark is the founder of FlyStayPoints, and caught the travel bug early in life. He discovered the benefits of travel loyalty programs in 2001, and is always learning how they can make travel better. While work takes him between Perth and Melbourne, he is always plotting his next adventure.