Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 22 Jan 2018
Total posts 1
I am an infrequent traveller making only a couple of trips a year domestically usually Per-Mel or Perth-Bne. I generally make 1 trip to the US a year although this year it looks like I may be doing 2 trips to the US for some business related conferences. Travelling from Perth to the US generally means extended layovers on the East Coast. I was looking at taking out a Qantas Club membership but then saw something about Qantas Status runs. As a current non Qantas Club member, the cost for a 2 year membership is just under $1500. I have not yet priced a Qantas Status run to get Gold status and doing this just after my upcoming Frequent Flyer anniversary date would effectively get me 2 years Qantas Club membership included in the Gold Status.
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 428
You will be spending a lot of money in a year to get QF SG, without guaranteed DSC or 1.5SC offers.Ideally, if I were in your shoes, what I would do is either pay to fly QF PremY with QP, or buy a comfort seat request (empty seat next to you) plus QP.QF SG does not guarantee you a shadow, I always thought it did, but turns out, not so, I sometimes do suceed, but my ratio ever since I got QF SG is about 30% shadow - empty seat next to me, (flew a lot with EK, plenty of Au - NZ trips with EK with a QF flight number - stopping now as EK no longer do Au - NZ in numbers as they used to), but I had to spend quite a lot to get to attain and then retain QF SG.Now, if QF did give you or I or all QF SG shadows on long flights, good then, go for QF SG, ... but do the sums.You would need to spend at least several thousand dollars, to get QF SG.MEL - SYD - DPS - SIN - BNE - MEL all in J, (I costed it), at Aud$6646 and earns about 355 or 360 QF SC, AustFF group has more ideas, read there if you haven't.Start with a cheapie, Au to Asia, and then do inter Asia hops, tip, don't fly MAS Au - KUL, fly Au - SIN with QF and then do inter Asia J/sub class of that, or Y.Edit: ah, PER based, quite easy, PER - SIN in Y with comfort seat request, and then plenty of inter Asia flights.QF SC calculator is also good, don't have a cardiac, ok, as it won't be cheap or easy achieving QF SG, even with DSC/1.5 SC offers.
Member since 06 Nov 2014
Total posts 158
I'm an infrequent flyer who barely made it to silver few years ago and have not come close to it since. So I purchase QC.
Member since 22 May 2015
Total posts 5
You already answer the question yourself. You are an "infrequent" traveller and you only have plan to do 2 trips to US from Perth this year. Which mean you will need lounge access 2-4 times a year only. Do you really need a QC membership or QF Gold? I would recommend you use that $1500 budget to get two credit cards which provide Qantas Lounge passes, and get the sign up bonus points for business class upgrade (AMEX Qantas Ultimate card and Qantas Premier card)
Having said that QF Gold does come with a lot of perks as mentioned by others above. But it is only useful if you travel.
If I have to pick one for you, I would go with QC membership. Since the cost is definitely lower (compare to status run), and QF Gold won't be much use in your situation. (unless you travel more frequent)
Member since 21 May 2014
Total posts 173
If you can make SG - that is your answer. QP is limited as to the benefits, SG applies to OW as a whole.
Member since 22 Feb 2018
Total posts 8
LAX QF lounge doesn’t accept lounge passes - never figured out exactly how it’s operated - but it’s not a ‘regular’ QF lounge so don’t rely on credit card or silver passes to get in there.
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