Can someone advise me about how status credits are applied/earned with Qantas?

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bloatedstoat

Member since 03 Mar 2013

Total posts 15

Can someone advise me about how status credits are applied/earned with Qantas?

If I book to fly MEL DXB LHR I get more status credits than if I book MEL LHR direct.

Do I need to disembark flight 1, clear customs in Dubai and then check in again for flight 2 and the same on the return journey in order to gain the extra status credits?

The only reason I ask is that I'll be slightly short on the next tier if I fly MEL LHR direct later this year. If I break the journey in Dubai I gain the additional status credits I need to progress to the next tier.

Is it the actual check-in process that determines the sectors flown?

Thanks for any info on this.

KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2011

Total posts 249

You will not have to disembark flight 1, clear customs in Dubai and then check in again for flight 2, as long as your ticket states the flight as being MEL-DXB and DXB-LHR you are fine. Don't ask me why you get less SC's when booked on MEL-LHR direct, just the way it is. I had this a few times when traevlling SYD-LHR via SIN and always made sure to be on two seperate flight segments as I believe you earn 40 SC's more that way. Again, no need to clear customs and check in again, as long as you get two seperate boarding passes you are good.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Dear bloatedstoat,

KG is correct. You do not need to disembark, clear customs and check-in again. I did it all the time when flights were via SIN. All you need to do is ensure that you are booked on the following sectors:

MEL/DXB: QF9, DXB/LHR: QF1

LHR/DXB: QF2, DXB/MEL:QF10

You must be thinking, "Gosh isn't that just dumb?" Well you're absolutely right. Especially when the fare difference between doing QF9 all the way to LHR and QF9/QF1 is $0 or immaterial.

But rules are meant to be exploited. So go ahead and do it!

Plus if you have access to the lounges, you'll be in a better position to get a shower and enjoy the lounge for longer. Unfortunately this is not the case for someone travelling from/to SYD - connection times are much shorter.

highflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Apr 2012

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You can use the following link to find out how many point and status credits are earned on flights with Qantas.

https://www.qantas.com.au/fflyer/do/dyns/initialPointsEarned

Chrisor

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Member since 07 Apr 2013

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I think you still need to disembark, go through security and re-board the aircraft, even it is the same one, I've had to do that before on QF1 when I took it all the way to London. The flight attendants allowed me to leave my carry on baggage on board, in J, but remember you will need your passport again to go re-board. That time was through Bangkok, I presume DXB would be the same.

KG

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Member since 10 May 2011

Total posts 249

Ok, you are partly right in the fact that you need to disembark the aircraft and spend time in the holding gate or lounge and for instance at SIN the security is at the gate, so if you left the holding area you would need to clear security again and when you board you need to show your BP and passport as proof of eligibility to be on the flight.

What bloatedstoat wanted to know is whether you would have to clear immigrations and customs and go to the check in desk to check in for the second part of the trip, which is not the case.

As TRB pointed out, book in essence book the QF009 out of MEL and board the QF001 to LHR (QF001 originates from SYD), if you would fly from SYD you would do just the opposite to gain the extra SC's.

Chrisor

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Member since 07 Apr 2013

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Sorry KG, I was reading it as if you were staying on board for the duration, it is clear to me now.

Also Bloatedstoat, I recently travelled with Emirates as a QF passenger through DXB and did in fact receive extra SC's for the journey as it was separate flights on the same booking, so it is worth it if you can arrange it that way rather than the one flight. 

bloatedstoat

Member since 03 Mar 2013

Total posts 15

Hey thanks everyone for the clarity.

I just did a Qantas bus MEL/DXB (2 day stopover) /LHR outward with a LHR/MEL direct return and discovered that I gained more status credits on the outward than on the return leg - despite the fact that the outward status credits were eaten when my QFF membership rolled over at the end of June :( Won't make that mistake again!

Just wanted to know about the clearing customs and checking in again as that's what I did on the outward journey and wondered if that had anything to do with it - so count myself properly informed now.

On the strength of this information I will follow TheRealBabushka's post and book accordingly.

And yes, I have lounge access; after experiencing the new A380 Emirates lounge at Dubai on my last trip I wouldn't complain getting holed up there for a few days. Having read reports of the scrum at Dubai lounges in older posts I prepared myself for the worst but the opposite was true. It was a very pleasant surprise.

Thanks everyone for your informative replies. Appreciated.

agecat

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Member since 23 Apr 2013

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would this apply for MEL to JFK? If so how do i get more SC? do i have to tell my travel agent?

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