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Some report the P1 SST is a big help to them if they run into issues and subject to availability may surprise them (e.g. if they're flying on their birthday).
If you long for the elusive op-up (free upgrade) then you'll have a better chance as a P1 when flying QF but the chances are still low.
I would go for P1, then if retaining it is not looking at all likely try to fly on points where possible (if your work isn't paying for the travel).If you don't already have Lifetime Gold then getting P1 will help you get there faster.For savvy travellers, there's a motto "Why fly direct when you can fly indirect?". I've done indirect flights to help with status on multiple occasions and intend to continue to do such flights.
Some fly to MEL because they prefer the flight timings, some because they prefer the First Lounge in MEL, some to maximise their points/status credits earn and some because typically their chances of an upgrade on the flights to/from LHR are higher from MEL.
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The choice will be up to you and how far
you need to chase the required SCs, if it is only a few hundred it may be worth
it and then judge for yourself.
Like others have said, domestically being
able to select R4 at the time of booking is an advantage. The partner WP status
is one of the best features for my circumstances. We travel as a party of 3 and
having x2 OWE enables to gain access to OW F lounges. International upgrades 7
days out are a distinct bonus and my ability to redeem J and F rewards for my
+1 and MissM seems relatively easy.
The SST are excellent when dealing with
problems if they arise. When flying, it can just depend on the crew and if they
have taken the time to notice your status. Some crew seem to go out of their
way for you and at other times you are just one of the masses. It also seems that
over the past couple of years the domestic op-ups seemed to have slowed but
The program could be improved through
defined tangible benefits, although benefits are listed on the QF website it
seems like the P1 experience can vary between individuals and is most likely
based on what their personal expectations are. I second Princess Fiona would
like to see some additional benefits such as guaranteed upgrades, either a
number per year or at the time of booking so as to avoid the lottery.
I have been invited to a few P1
events, however due to travel have not been able to attend any. I would think
that it would not be to hard for QF to create a portal that would list upcoming
events and give P1’s the ability to register an interest in attending, based on
their travel and location at the time. I
have been to the simulator experience, it is well worth registering for this,
it may take a while to come through but it is excellent.
If you are not that far away may be give it
a shot and then decide if it works for you. At worst you can see if it works
for you and if you do not want the white coasters ebay is at your disposal.
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Agree with all of the above. Missed out on P1 last year after having it for 2 previous years and have just got it again. Being able to immediately pick row 4 seats in economy when booking is to me the best advantage.
More regular domestic upgrades and international upgrades always seem to get approved.
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P to P1 is definitely a first world problem and I understand that when I ask the question - is it really worth it? I have already attained P for this year & I guess that means through to 2019. My year ends at end of May and with a bit of effort I could make P1.
However, my year coming up will probably be a bit light on with travel by comparison to this year.
So I am wondering whether I would be better off just postponing my personal travel through to my new year so I can ensure I remain at P till 2020 rather than squeezing a lot of extra trips into this year seeing as I have already made my P number? Is having P1 only once worth it as I am sure with my work, the current level of travel won't continue to make it a reality long term?
I am a single person so don't need the advantages that P1 brings for partners. I am mostly well looked after as a P and never fly further back than 6 in economy and often have flights changed with no charge although that is not always the case.
Any thoughts from the experts? Thanks.
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