I am making a One World flight that will take me from Qantas Silver to Gold.

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leechangzhi

Member since 16 Oct 2014

Total posts 11

I am making a One World flight that will take me from Qantas Silver to Gold. The concern I have is that flight departs on the day my Status Credits is set to expire... (31 Dec 2014) What happens to my status credits if I fly on the day my status year ends? Will it be credited to my previous year and get me to Gold, or will it count to the new year (and instead count me to re-qualifying Sliver)?

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

I could be wrong but the date of accrual is determined by the date of departure. So I'd imagine if your flight was scheduled for 23:59:00 and your status year ticks over 1 second after 23:59:59, SC is counted towards the old status year.

leechangzhi

Member since 16 Oct 2014

Total posts 11

Thanks Babushka, really appreciate your reply.

Not to complicate things, but the flight I will be making is in the Americas, 14 hours behind Sydney. I assume that if my flight departs at 12PM in the U.S., (and even though Sydney is ahead on the next day) it will still count as old Status year?

I'm certainly cutting it close! 

 

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Hi leechangzhi,

I often ponder about the timing. But I think it's safe to say airline don't follow in "real-time" but the local time of flights.

If timing was based on AEST, then the QFF T&C should stipulate clearly that timing of calendar/status year is according to AEST. Since it doesn't, which I believe is the case then any attempt by Qantas not to grant you those status credit within the old status year may be perceived as misleading and deceptive conduct on their part.

driley28

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 May 2012

Total posts 299

You will earn SC in the current year, making you QF Gold.  However, the SC's will be reset to zero after the crediting of those SC's.  You QF gold status will be valid for 1 year.

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jul 2011

Total posts 835

You may also need to call QFF in the new year, as it wouldn't surprise me if the year is expired before the SCs from AA credit - QF is pretty good about then immediately expiring those SCs, but may not be so good in giving you the status bump

leechangzhi

Member since 16 Oct 2014

Total posts 11

Thanks moa999 and driley28. 

That would be my concern - The flight is an AA non- QF codeshared flight and I would think it would take 2 to 3 days into my new status year before it shows up on my activity statement. I would think QFF would deduct status credits promptly on the last calander day (based on what I see happened last status year) and there would be a 24 - 48 hour discrepency during that window of time.

Has anyone been in a similar situation in the past, whether moving from FF Silver to Gold or Gold to Plat? 

Thinking hard about this as I have to make the flight on that day, but wondering if it is worth spending more to get the necessary status credits to bump up to Gold, or go for a much cheaper flight on another airline and abandon this all together.... 

samson

Member since 18 Jul 2013

Total posts 9

This could work out very well for you.  Two years ago I had two flights on the last day of my membership year that provided enough SCs to move from Gold to Platinum.  It took 3 days for the SCs to show up in my QFF account.  During those first 3 days of my new membership year I was maintained at Gold.  On the day the SCs were added I was moved to Platinum for the rest of my membership year (i.e. 362 days) AND for the following 12 months!  The concensus on the AFF forums was that I benefited from a clause that states you will enjoy any new status for "at least" 12 months.  Given my new membership year was already 3 days old, the new status was extended for another year so as to provide "at least" 12 months.  I didn't achieve enough SCs to maintain Platinum during the first 12 months, but it didn't matter as my status was maintained during the following 12 months, during which time I did fly enough with One World to requalify for Platinum for a third year.   

There were some posts in the AFF forum from others in similar situations who didn't have the same outcome, so it seems I may have been lucky.  I hope you enjoy the same luck!     

leechangzhi

Member since 16 Oct 2014

Total posts 11

Thanks for the heads up samson. Lucky you. 

I guess the consencus is that I will make the cut and get Gold for Status Year 2015.

I'll be happy enough with 362 days of that. Will be a real treat if I end up with 2 years. Thanks again for the advice and I'll go ahead and make the booking.

Cheers,

Lee

leechangzhi

Member since 16 Oct 2014

Total posts 11

Thanks for the heads up samson. Lucky you. 

I guess the consencus is that I will make the cut and get Gold for Status Year 2015.

I'll be happy enough with 362 days of that. Will be a real treat if I end up with 2 years. Thanks again for the advice and I'll go ahead and make the booking.

Cheers,

Lee

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