Platinum retained in Discount Economy

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Jul 2017

Total posts 4

I'm quietly celebrating a personal achievement this week as I've retained Qantas Platinum status whilst almost always flying Discount Economy.  Five hour flights to/from Perth earning 20 status credits at a time. 

Platinum would not be any kind of status to crow about (a bit of a joke really) if I was to fly Flex Economy or Business like many on this forum seem to do. 

I often wonder what the Flight Attendants are really thinking with their "welcome back"  to Economy for those of us frequent business travellers who take a Platinum ticket down the back.  Road warriors or cheap skates.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Nov 2016

Total posts 146

Well done Mark. I qualified last week for Platinum for the first time with all my travel in economy class. Have done a few overseas trips - US and NZ. I am getting a welcome back from the flight attendants. Do have some international travel coming up so am looking forward to the First Class Lounge in Sydney.



Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 731

I too just reached platinum on economy travel but I cheated a little by using double status for one flight and flexible fares for at least on one direction on US and Europe trips. At adds about 10% to the fare while greatly increasing the chances of upgrades (with fewer points) which are nice and good to have at least in one direction on those 14+ hr sectors.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Jan 2016

Total posts 77

Mark, nice work, it's a long, slow way to reach Platinum down the back hanging onto the tailplane.

I also reached Platinum many years ago, down the back of the plane flying discount economy and continue to maintain P status...the slight cheat was/is that I live in a regional centre and had the additional flight before flying to PER, ADL, BNE etc with the extra 10 SCs each way.

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