A: While you can buy Qantas frequent flyer points directly from Qantas itself, you can't purchase status credits.
Status credits, however, are the unique currency of frequent flyer perks such as lounge access, priority upgrades, additional checked baggage and so forth.
They're earned only by flying with Qantas or partner airlines such as Emirates and Oneworld members – and they have a one-year expiry date which is used to measure your status in the Qantas frequent Flyer food chain.
(The exception is the total tally of status credits earned across the lifetime of your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership, which can eventually toggle your status to Lifetime Silver or Lifetime Gold.)
So if you're left a little or a lot short of your status credits goal, the only way to close the gap is to fly – and preferably with Qantas (or on a QF-coded flight with the likes of Emirates).
Travel booked during any special bonus status credit promotions will fast-track your way to Gold, Platinum or beyond, as can a carefully-engineered set of flights known as a 'status run', in which the travel route is deliberately chosen to maximise your status credit earn.
These status runs may be a weekend away in a far-flung destination or a more hardcore set of back-to-back flights over a couple of days. However, this can obviously be an expensive and tiring exercise.
Check out the AusBT 'unofficial' status guides
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver
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