Should Qantas introduce 'Family Pooling' of Status Credits?

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SilverJan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Apr 2015

Total posts 3

Who would be the winners?

Who will be the losers?

What will be the unintended consequences?

Personally, l don't think QF ever will.  Too many, me included, would rocket through the status tiers to Platinum! 

Qantas aren't about to devalue their product, as stated below.

QF Plat (Excerpt)

Highly exclusive privilege, service and recognition

As some of our most highly valued members, our Platinum Frequent Flyers enjoy all the benefits of gold, plus exclusive services, rewards and special privileges in recognition of their continued loyalty to Qantas



Poll: Family Pooling SC's

aussiflyer

Member since 27 Jan 2016

Total posts 37

I think a challenger player like VA needs the likes of these perks, but for QF it would lead to all sorts of issues operationally. I must admit it is such a handy perk with VA, but ultimately all the FF who earn status in their own right would lose out as benefits become diluted. 

Funky73

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Dec 2016

Total posts 2

Platinum is and should be rarefied air.... the whole point is it should be exclusive and pooling credits would be counter-productive and devalue it significantly. I am Gold and that took me 10 months of solid flying to reach; I hope to reach platinum in the next 12 months however it will take ALOT of travel and if and when I get there I want to be in a VERY exclusive club. For instance I want to be pretty much guaranteed status upgrades on international flights and not be in lounges with half the airport.
As an aside, does anyone know how many Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members there are?

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Platinum is and should be rarefied air.... the whole point is it should be exclusive and pooling credits would be counter-productive and devalue it significantly. I am Gold and that took me 10 months of solid flying to reach; I hope to reach platinum in the next 12 months however it will take ALOT of travel and if and when I get there I want to be in a VERY exclusive club. For instance I want to be pretty much guaranteed status upgrades on international flights and not be in lounges with half the airport.
As an aside, does anyone know how many Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members there are?

As a current platinum member, I'd suggest you don't set your expectations too high!

Yes it's better than gold (especially when departing internationally from Melbourne!) but it is far from exclusive. 

To the initial question, if pooling was proven to prompt families of five to travel Qantas rather than a competitor because one family member would get Gold (and perhaps that is where you would cap how high you could move?) or Silver out of the deal then I can see Qantas considering it.

russell

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Nov 2011

Total posts 195

Also as a Platinum member, don't get too excited. Its not something that I will look to chase in the future. Its not something that I would consider exclusive. Platinum One is exclusive, but even less worth chasing.

obanpointer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 308

The only real value from QFF P is the ability to request Award tickets when none are showing. Yes the qf F lounge and CX F lounges are great but many ports offer fairly average J lounges when you have P or P1, look at thee SIN qf business lounge, full of Qantas club members travelling on JQ, packed to the eyeballs with fairly average food ( the food in the hawker centre is miles better)

jeff.francis

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 03 Oct 2016

Total posts 1

I don't think it matters if they offer family pooling! 

People are leaving Qantas, including myself, and joining Virgin, Emirates and others because it's virtually impossible to get any type of award flight! 
Our family make 50+ flights per year and have over 3/4m QFF points, yet we cannot get a direct award flight to Europe in October 2017!  
All my clients and friends have the same problem and are making moves!

Matt_01

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Feb 2016

Total posts 59

Obanpoints agree with you about requesting award tickets, IMO the pest perk.

Jeff after reading your post I was curious and looked at Qantas redemptions in Oct 17, not knowing your circumstances, I did searches for 2xAdults and 2x Kids return SYD-LHR and SYD-CDG, there were economy seats available each way almost every day to LHR and CDG. There was also good business class availability to CDG with EK and QR.

In my experience I have found it easier to get international rewards with QF than it has been with VA (I am top tier with both carriers), I know there will be those who will disagree.

Last editedby Matt_01 at Dec 07, 2016, 05:13 PM.

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