When you credit an eligible flight to Qantas Frequent Flyer, the loyalty program of Qantas, you can earn both Qantas points, and Qantas status credits.
I’ve written before about what I believe to be the best uses of redeeming Qantas Points.
Qantas is a member of the oneworld alliance, so Qantas status credits are earned towards Qantas (and therefore oneworld) status. In order to reach each level of status in the Qantas frequent flyer program, the following Qantas status credits are required:
- Silver (oneworld Ruby): 300
- Gold (oneworld Sapphire): 700
- Platinum (oneworld Emerald): 1400
You can determine how may status credits (and Qantas points) crediting any particular flight to Qantas Frequent Flyer will earn by using their calculator here.
Double status credits promotion
Qantas does occasionally run promotions where it offers double status credits on eligible flights for a certain period. This is a great way to reach Qantas status much faster, given it has fairly high thresholds to reach to obtain Gold or Platinum.
For all new bookings made from now until October 16, 2018, for travel from October 23, 2018, to June 30, 2019 (which is a generously wide date range), Qantas will provide twice the number of status credits that it normally would.
Now a number of conditions apply, namely:
- You must register for the promotion before making any new bookings. You should have either received a promotional email with a link if you are a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, and if not you can register at this page here.
- The offer is only available for new bookings made between October 11 and 16 — if you had made bookings before these dates, even if they are in the eligible travel period, you will not receive the additional status credits.
- If you have booked decent status credit earning flights for the eligible travel period, but before this promotion started (i.e. a long haul premium Qantas operated flight), you may wish to see if there is any ability to refund that flight and re book it under the terms of the double status credit offer. For example, a return discount business class fare from Los Angeles to Sydney would normally net 360 status credits (return) but under this double offer that would be increased to 720 status credits, so you could earn Qantas Gold (oneworld Sapphire) from just one trip.
- It is only available on Qantas operated flights with a Qantas flight number (both international and domestic), so code shares with say an Emirates flight number would not count. Most oneworld partner flights will also earn (more meagre) Qantas status credits but they will not receive the double status credits of this promotion.
Qantas isn’t the most lucrative frequent flyer program in the world, but I do appreciate they have these lucrative status credit offers a few times per year.
It can be a great fast track to valuable oneworld status.
The travel period is particularly generous as it is around eight months. Just please remember to register first and follow the terms of the offer!
Are you taking advantage of the Qantas double status credit promotion?