Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 27 Nov 2017
Total posts 11
I’ve been researching fastest and cheapest way to earn status run. After playing with Skyscanner and status calculator. This is what I found.
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 767
You'd have to be quite keen to do 117 return flights...
Member since 23 Feb 2015
Total posts 264
I’d prefer to invest the $52k in business class tickets to places I actually want to go, but each to their own!
I think it’s a good idea to fit an extra return flight for every Europe trip. There are people just fly non stop to get the status. It would be a good idea to use that to maintain platinum
Member since 06 Nov 2014
Total posts 160
Take a look at JAL's Global Club (JGC) = One World Sapphire = Qantas Gold.
Member since 18 Feb 2017
Total posts 60
Here’s more maths: 117 x 2 x 4 hours of your life you’ll never get back.
Member since 21 Jan 2017
Total posts 2
I'm also in the chase to QF LTG. Currently at 11,750 LTC so thinking it's worth staying on track. I've just retired (through a redundancy) so premium seats are no longer financially viable.
Member since 22 Oct 2016
Total posts 8
Beat me to it!
Member since 25 May 2012
Total posts 356
This is easily beaten by a carefully planned ex-JNB DONE4/DONE5 that's coupled together with a DSC promo. At least that's what I managed to achieve a couple of years ago, earning status credits at a rate of $2.99 each (versus $3.75 per status credit for the fare you've highlighted).
Member since 25 Feb 2014
You may want to buy a cheap one way to BKK or CMB and then pick up a premium ticket ex CMB or BKK. Especially if doing annually you can buy I year J ticket on QF -cmb to Syd for about 2500aud which gives about 640sc during double SC promotion. QR has regular 40 or 50% sales ex CMB to Europe giving you another 280sc. Alternatively if you get a y ticket you may come in slightly more than a return from Syd.
Member since 13 Jul 2012
Total posts 151
Considering that LATAM operates 4 flights a week, you will effectively have to move to Madrid for 9 months, and spend 4 out of 7 days each week in the airports.
Even with lounge access, it takes a lot of dedication!
Member since 05 May 2016
Total posts 312
Lifetime Gold only benefits you if you would otherwise have held lower status. If you would get value from benefits from flying more than needed to retain Gold then great.Admittedly it's hard to achieve LifeTime Gold without spending a number of years with higher status than Gold. 20+ years of Gold is a lot of years of maintaining Gold status.
Member since 08 Aug 2017
Total posts 46
I made QFF LTG this year. I think I've spent about 5 years at Platinum (not all consecutively). It cost a lot more than $52K but was a lot more productive :-) One thing I do is try to book as many of my long haul RT tickets for the coming 12 months as possible during Qantas' annual Double Status Credits promo.
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