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International Flight Upgrade Awards

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Sometimes on international flights, a bigger seat or access to the lounge can make all the difference. Flight Upgrade Awards are a great way to use your available Qantas Points to fly in one of the premium cabins on a Qantas service. You can request an international Flight Upgrade Award for Qantas operated services with a QF flight number from 1 to 199 on your ticket any time after you have paid for your ticket and received confirmation, up until 24 hours before your flight leaves.

We are making some changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program which will affect these benefits for travel on or after 1 July 2014. View full details.

You may request an international Flight Upgrade Award from:

  • Discount Economy# (excluding E, N, O, Q and X class~) to Premium Economy (where available+)
  • Economy# to Premium Economy (where available+)
  • Discount Economy# (excluding E, N, O, Q and X class~) to Business
  • Economy# to Business
  • Premium Economy (where available+) to Business
  • Business to First

If you request a Flight Upgrade Award for an itinerary that includes an international and a domestic leg with the same flight number, this will be treated as an international Flight Upgrade Award.

Here are a few things you need to know about international Flight Upgrade Awards:

  • You need to have an eligible paid and confirmed ticket on a Qantas operated service (with a QF flight number from 1-199 on your ticket).
  • Flight Upgrade Awards may be requested on certain international Qantas Any Seat Awards but are not available on Qantas Classic Awards or international airfares booked in E, N, O, P, Q or X class~, which includes some Qantas Any Seat Awards and some international Red e-Deal fares.
  • You will earn points and Status credits for the fare class you originally purchased.
  • The fare conditions applicable to the fare originally purchased will apply.
  • Special meals may not be available in the upgraded class of travel.
  • Flight Upgrade Awards are subject to capacity controls and availability (which is limited).
  • Members must have enough points for the Flight Upgrade Award at the time they request it and when the upgrade is confirmed. Family transfers may assist in ensuring that sufficient points are available.
  • All PIN changes between the time a Flight Upgrade Award is requested and the time of confirmation must be advised to Qantas reservations. Otherwise the Flight Upgrade Award request will not be processed.
  • If there are multiple people travelling in your booking and all passengers are eligible family members, your online request for a Flight Upgrade Award will apply to each passenger. If your booking includes passengers other than eligible family members, you will need to contact Qantas Telephone Sales to split the booking and then you will be able to request an upgrade.

For full details on Flight Upgrade Awards and cancellations, see terms and conditions.

How do I register?

To register for an international Flight Upgrade Award using your points:

  1. Log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account at qantas.com
  2. Go to 'Your Bookings'
  3. Select 'Upgrade' for your desired booking
  4. Opt-in to be eligible for a Flight Upgrade Award up to the gate (see next section)
  5. Alternatively, you can contact Qantas Telephone Sales

Your request for an international Flight Upgrade Award will be considered in accordance with the following timetable:

  • Platinum One Frequent Flyers, from 7 days prior to the scheduled flight departure;
  • Platinum Frequent Flyers, from 48 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure; and
  • Other Frequent Flyers, within 24 hours of the scheduled flight departure.

International Flight Upgrade Award requests are always prioritised according to your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership level: Platinum first, followed by Gold, Silver and then Bronze.

It may not be possible to confirm your international Flight Upgrade Award according to the timetable above even if seats are available for sale in the upgrade cabin due to expected future commercial passenger demand.

If your upgrade is confirmed, it will be noted in 'Your Bookings' at qantas.com, and where possible we will notify you with an SMS†. Or you will also be informed when you check-in to your flight at the airport. Points will be deducted from your account at the time that a request is confirmed.

International Flight Upgrade Awards up to the gate

Qantas is committed to providing international Flight Upgrade Awards wherever we can. In some cases an upgrade may become available on your flight at the last minute due to cancellations, no-shows or missed connections. To increase your chances of obtaining your upgrade we have introduced an additional process where your request can be further considered at the airport. To be eligible for this process you will need to opt-in to 'upgrade at the airport' when you register for a Flight Upgrade Award.

Before opting-in to be eligible for an upgrade up to the gate, please note:

  • For upgrades at the airport, if you are travelling continuously on a flight that stops in one or more ports (with the same flight number), you will only be eligible for an upgrade on the last leg and only if that last leg has a flying time longer than three hours. Points will only be deducted for the portion of your flight that was upgraded.
  • Upgrades at the airport will only be awarded for bookings containing one passenger.
  • If you are unable to accept all of these conditions, then you should not opt-in to be eligible for an upgrade up to the gate when you register for an international Flight Upgrade Award.
  • Flight Upgrade Awards are subject to capacity controls and availability (which is limited).
  • If your upgrade is confirmed at the airport, you may not be able to use some of the benefits that you receive with the upgrade such as your additional baggage allowance (or lounge access if your upgrade is confirmed at the gate).
  • An upgrade at the airport requires the same amount of points as an upgrade prior to arrival at the airport regardless of whether or not you are able to use some of the benefits that you receive with the upgrade such as additional baggage allowance and lounge access.
  • If a request for an upgrade at the airport is successful, it cannot be refused. You will be required to travel in the upgrade cabin in the seat you have been allocated. This is because the upgrade may be awarded as your flight is due to depart and airport staff will not be able to re-seat you on the aircraft.

Upgrading and your Family

If you are travelling with your family, your request will include all passengers in your booking who are eligible family members. If your booking includes passengers other than eligible family members, you will need to contact Qantas Telephone Sales to split the booking and then you will be able to request an upgrade.

If you are not travelling but use your points to request an upgrade for an eligible family member, the upgrade will be awarded according to the eligible family member's priority, not the status of the Qantas Frequent Flyer whose points are being used. An exception is made when Platinum One members, though not travelling, redeem points for an upgrade on behalf of eligible family members. In this case the eligible family members will enjoy the same high priority as a Platinum One member.

Cancellations

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You may cancel an unconfirmed request for a Flight Award Upgrade without forfeiting your points at any time prior to the scheduled flight departure. Should your upgrade request be confirmed and you choose to cancel your upgrade request more than 24 hours before the scheduled flight departure your Flight Upgrade Award may be refunded subject to a fee. If you cancel your upgrade request or fail to board a flight for which you have redeemed points for a Flight Upgrade Award within 24 hours of the scheduled flight departure, you will forfeit the points used and a seat may no longer be available in your original booked class.

If you cancel or change your flight before your upgrade is confirmed, the Flight Upgrade Award request will be cancelled, and a new request must be made.

Flight Upgrade Award Tables

We are making some changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program which will affect these benefits for travel on or after 1 July 2014. View full details.

Points needed for a Flight Upgrade Award to Premium Economy+
Zone One-Way Miles Discount Economy^ Economy#
1

0-600

5,000

2,000
2

601-1,200

7,500 3,000
3

1,201-2,400

10,000 4,000
4

2,401-3,600

15,000 6,000
5

3,601-4,800

25,000 10,000
6

4,801-5,800

30,000 12,000
7

5,801-7,000

35,000 14,000
8

7,001-8,400

45,000 18,000
9

8,401-9,600

50,000 20,000
10 9,601-15,000  60,000  24,000
Points needed for a Flight Upgrade Award to Business Class
Zone One-Way Miles Discount Economy^ Economy# Premium Economy+
1

0-600

8,000

5,000 5,000
2

601-1,200

12,000

7,500 7,500
3

1,201-2,400

16,000

10,000 10,000
4

2,401-3,600

24,000 15,000 15,000
5

3,601-4,800

40,000 25,000 25,000
6

4,801-5,800

48,000 30,000 30,000
7

5,801-7,000

56,000 35,000 35,000
8

7,001-8,400

72,000 45,000 45,000
9

8,401-9,600

80,000 50,000 50,000
10 9,601-15,000 96,000 60,000 60,000
Points needed for a Flight Upgrade Award to First Class
Zone One-Way Miles Business Class 
1

0-600

5,000

2

601-1,200

7,500
3

1,201-2,400

10,000
4

2,401-3,600

15,000
5

3,601-4,800

25,000
6

4,801-5,800

30,000
7

5,801-7,000

35,000
8

7,001-8,400

45,000
9

8,401-9,600

50,000
10  9,601-15,000 60,000
Important Information:

We are making some changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program which will affect these benefits for travel on or after 1 July 2014. 
View full details.

Flight Upgrade Awards are subject to capacity controls and availability (which is limited).
# For international flights: a) Discount Economy includes classes B, G, H, K, L, M, S and V; and b) Economy includes class Y.
~ Flight Upgrade Awards from selected discount Economy classes which are not normally eligible (for example N, Q and O class) may be offered on a selected basis for limited periods at the discretion of Qantas.  The points required for a Flight Upgrade Award from these discount Economy classes may be higher than the points quoted in these tables, will be advised at the time of the promotion during the Flight Upgrade Award registration process on qantas.com and are subject to change between promotions. 
+ Premium Economy is available on all Qantas A380 aircraft and selected B747-400 aircraft.
† SMS notification of a confirmed international Flight Upgrade Award is available only to Qantas Frequent Flyers who are travelling on the upgraded segment, and who have a valid mobile telephone number in their membership profile. Some members may not receive SMS notification due to operational reasons.