Cheapest way to earn 250 Qantas Status Credits

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sydneyfreqflyer

Member since 04 Nov 2016

Total posts 3

I am a not so frequent flyer this year and it looks like I am going to be 250 status credits shy of retaining my Qantas Gold Frequent Flyer status come January. I have already factored in a few domestic trips as well as the opt-in 50 status credits loyalty (after 500 earned) on offer.

Can anyone suggest the cheapest way (using $ and points) to earn 250 status credits in two months?
P.S. I am based in Sydney and willing to burn through some points (using points plus pay) if necessary.

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 436

Wow, big ask! 


Discounted economy Sydney-Perth only yields 20 SC so you may need to look further afield to maybe near Asia? 

I did get an email from Qantas today with a fare sale offer for flights to Santiago - so maybe you might need to do 1 big trip! 

My suggestion would be to work out how many days you want to spend travelling, and then spend a good couple of hours punching flight options into the Qantas booking engine so you can get a feel for flight cost and SC haul! 

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 427

I can only say, apart from going to the US and then flying around within, or as mentioned above, travel to BKK then around Asia, is $10 per SC, SYD - AKL with EK but ensure its a QF flight number, (JQ NZ dom) AKL - CHC, CHC - SYD with EK also with a QF flight number.

120 x 2 = 240 + 10 = 250.
In past years, I have gotten 2nd year QF SG by doing several J flights, transTasman.

jianga

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Feb 2015

Total posts 140

You could also look at doing a Jetstar 'Business Class' trip to Asia (e.g. Bali). The return flight will give you 240sc and is usually just under 2k (make sure to select the 'Max' bundle). Or you can do JQ to Singapore or BKK via Mel, this will give you up to 280sc and will cost around 2K.

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Strongly recommend Jetstar business to Asia. Comfortable enough and will get you 90% of the way there at a low price (fares vary daily so be prepared to be flexible)

juicedpixels

Member since 06 Oct 2016

Total posts 13

If you're looking at spending $2k to simply retain gold it would be cheaper (and possibly tax deductable if you travel for work) to just pay for a Qantas Club membership

Last editedby juicedpixels at Nov 05, 2016, 08:52 PM.

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

True if all that is being chased is lounge access. Gold gives more than that though.

Melbourne1977

Member since 06 Nov 2016

Total posts 4

how can you "opt-in 50 status credits loyalty (after 500 earned) on offer."? is it on the phone / website or do they email you when you hit 500 or 1000?

david_legge2786

Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 13 Mar 2015

Total posts 4

When you hit the mark, there will be a message when you log in online to select an option. There is also an email sent when the loyalty bonus has been hit.

sydneyfreqflyer

Member since 04 Nov 2016

Total posts 3

Thanks for everyone's input.

The best option seems to be Jetstar business class. Other asian destinations are also lucrative if you are prepared to do some hoping around.
Gold status is less about the lounge access for me and more about the forward cabin seat allocation and priority (albeit only over Silver and Bronze) when requesting Upgrades.

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