Will you stick with Qantas Frequent Flyer or move to another airline?

18 replies

AlG

Member since 04 Nov 2010

Total posts 155

Will you stick with Qantas Frequent Flyer or move to another airline? Obviously a lot of people are unhappy with the changes in the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme but what is anybody going to actually do about it other than complain? Is anybody here going to 'up stumps' and move their flying to a different airline and frequent flyer scheme, and if so, which airline & FF scheme?

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

I'm not moving yet - I'm planning to keep accruing points until I can blow it on something satisfactory (which isn't far off!), then assess my position again. I may remain with QFF, or I may move to AAdvantage or some other oneworld program.

Domestically, I still favour QF over the competition, so I will be sticking with QF-aligned programs.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 761

I'm in a similar boat to you. Once I reach my points target, I'll be looking to use the points and then not re-earn them.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

I moved when they axed access to BA lounges for Qantas Club.

QFF is a great programme if you predominantly fly domestic - I don't.

Even with the programme changes on the short hops (SYD/MEL, SYD/BNE etc) you earn 10 SC each way. That has not changed. 

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 761

TRB. Just wondering whether you have ever purchased an Admirals pass and whether its better value than QC?

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

hutch,

Several things to consider:

  • Do you get discounted QC membership through work or a professional body? With a discount, QC will be better value.
  • Do you fly a fair bit on Jetstar? Admirals Club membership does not give you access to QC when flying Jetstar.
  • Do you fly a fair bit on AA? If you do, given the integration of US and AA flight schedules, you may end up flying on US metal. QC does not give you access to the US lounges. Only Admirals Club membership does.
  • Will your lounge requirement be irregular or on-going (at least 4 months or more with at least 2 - 3 lounge usage a month). It might be more cost effective to get an Admirals monthly pass rather than QC membership if travel is irregular.

Something to note as well, Admirals day pass (USD 50) does not get you access to QC. Only Admirals monthly pass (USD 99)  gets you access to QC.

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

Total posts 761

Thanks

driley28

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 May 2012

Total posts 299

Based on my QF flying patterns, I will be significantly better off with FF points and SC under the new arrangements.

bammac

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 03 Dec 2013

Total posts 3

I'm in a similair situation, mainly fly business on domestic QF metal & business or first on QFi/Emirates... so I doubt I will drop too many SC's. With the destinations I fly to, I've found it hard to find flights with other OW partners via qantas.com anyway. It's mainly far more attractive from a $$$ pov going QF/EK, the BA options are generally $1000s more in First.

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

I will be staying with QFF as I find they have more lounges in AU and I think their new arrangements fairer.those that pay more get more ,simple.!!

curly

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Mar 2014

Total posts 22

I essentially pay for my own flights (small business) so I will need to get the notepad and pen out to crunch some numbers soon. I make gold (850ish SC's) each year but probably wont bust my wallet to try for the status now. It might be better to pay cash for QC and then fly discount economy and still get lounge benifits and forget about the new minor point amounts. Lounge access is more important to me than the other benifits that come with higher tier status, and of course my bottom line. I have always supported Qantas though so probably wont abandend them just yet, maybe just look at options that give myself some flexibility.

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

I agree. I think that abandoning SG and going for QP is a sensible move so long as QFF is devalued but QP is not jacked up, but you'll need to crunch your own numbers.

If you can get discounted QP it's even better.

woganfan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Sep 2011

Total posts 72

Just shy of lifetime gold so will stay with them till I get that and then pull up stumps and move to a different OW service, probably CX, as they serve Perth better as well as my destinations. 

kim

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 May 2013

Total posts 54

I will stay,

i will continue to do 2-3 well designed J/j-f mixed class trips a year to retain gold (which actually then makes my gold card redundent since flying J gives all the perks anyway) All my other trips are short (under 1hour) single class flights in "regional" queensland, which is where my gold comes in use for lounge access only, however i am now weighing up.....for my short haul trips i may as well buy qc access (since there is no virgin lounge in all of my regional destinations and virgin no longer fly between my main two short haul destinations) and then my 2-3 j trips a year should possible become a case of bfod as it seems everyone is saying virgins J product (from lounge to flight) is getting closer to qantas, and qantas keeps downgrading there j offering, also i'm tired of fligths between North Qld and brisbane being on old non updated/refurbished planes with no personal IFE in J. However due to CC spending and woolies spending [when is virgin going to hurry up and get together with flybuys](and now going to jump on the Q cash bandwagen) have decided to earn points and just redeem on other airlines in J on classic award. as stated before i may as well buy QC for my short haul and stop chasing Gold as i will only redeem J tickets in classic award or purchase them outright, so Gold will have little to no impact for my flying habits.  If anything this decision by qantas has made it cheaper for me too fly and makes more sense to go for classic award until they raise the redemption rate of them late 2014 or early 2015 when the shock of yesterdays emails have become a footnote.

521303

Member since 03 Jan 2012

Total posts 60

The issue I have with Qantas nowadays is this: where previously I ONLY took flights with alternative airlines to Qantas when there was no other other way to get somewhere; now Qantas is just another airline in the mix.  They are no longer my default option; meaning I'm actualy getting to fly with alternative airlines.  The problem with this for Qantas is that I'm increasingly liking what I see elsewhere.  Qantas have really stuffed this up in my case - and I expect a lot of premium travellers are making similar adjustments to their booking behaviour.  It can only end up with Qantas being worse-off as premium travellers lose patience with year after year of 'reforms'.

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