315 Status Credits required by 30th April to obtain Platinum... is it worth it?

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magsta

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Apr 2018

Total posts 5

Snap Poll : Is Platinum worth it over GOLD?


I've never been Platinum status before.

airly

Member since 22 May 2015

Total posts 5

I assume you are talking about QFF, and believe since you have already achieved Gold you are a frequent traveler. I would definitely go for it. (especially to have access to QF First Lounge or partner First Lounge when travel overseas)

Last editedby airly at Apr 05, 2018, 08:03 PM.

magsta

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Apr 2018

Total posts 5

I assume you are talking about QFF, and believe since you have already achieved Gold you are a frequent traveler. If you travel a lot, I would definitely go for it. (especially to have access to QF First Lounge or partner First Lounge when travel overseas)

Yes QFF... thanks!

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 287

I like the added benefits.


Do you travel overseas much? The First Lounges in MEL and SYD are fantastic as are some of the First Lounges for other airlines that you would get access to.


Platinum does have a better upgrade chance than Gold.


Would you value arrivals access to QANTAS Domestic Business Class lounges (and to the Domestic QANTAS Club)?


Note also if you get Platinum you get a soft landing back to Gold. This may be worth something to you.


If you don't yet have Lifetime Silver and/or Lifetime Gold then you would be progressing faster towards those if you obtain/retain Platinum.

Last editedby mviy at Apr 05, 2018, 08:08 PM.

magsta

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Apr 2018

Total posts 5

I like the added benefits.

Do you travel overseas much? The First Lounges in MEL and SYD are fantastic as are some of the First Lounges for other airlines that you would get access to.

Platinum does have a better upgrade chance than Gold.

Would you value arrivals access to Domestic Business Class lounges?

Note also if you get Platinum you get a soft landing back to Gold. This may be worth something to you.

If you don't yet have Lifetime Silver and/or Lifetime Gold then you would be progressing faster towards those if you obtain/retain Platinum.

Thanks for your thoughts :) Overseas only a few times per year. and would definitely value access to lounge on arrivals.


Excuse my ignorance, what is a "soft landing" back to GOLD?

mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 345

315 status credits is quite a bit and should cost you few thousdands ($$) to achieve.

I do not think it is warranted (I’m QF and VA Platinum). The lounge difference is good, but at what cost for you.
If this was more like 50 status credits are under, may be you could (or i could) justify it.
Airlines usually appreciate passengers paying/flying business class or first class than their loyal customers (not saying, it is all the time, but most of the time). There are very few situations where loyal customers get more than full fee paying passengers.

Joseph

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Sep 2013

Total posts 28

Its worthing thinking about how much do you plan on flying in the next 12 months?


This can make a difference to how much or little you will get out of being platinum.

Also once you get platinum you can retain it easyer with the 2x status points bonus for plat

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 287

Also once you get platinum you can retain it easyer with the 2x status points bonus for plat

Status Credits get you status or help you retain it not points. As a Platinum you earn the same status credits as every other QFF member with the same itinerary.


The lower amount of Status Credits needed to retain Platinum (1200 vs 1400 to obtain it) does make it easier to retain

There are the loyalty bonuses at e.g. 500SC, 1000SC which can help if you take the 50 SC as the loyalty bonus.

Double Status Credit offers (and 50% Bonus Status Credits offers) can help too.

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 521

It may be worth looking at the many status run blogs to work out how much it will cost. Business class runs on Malaysian or Lankan are often cited. A strictly return to UK economy will get it but at $3k is not worth it, but $1k may be. Personally as a platinum now the QF Syd and Melb lounges are very good and faster points earn is good but not that ($3k) good.

magsta

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Apr 2018

Total posts 5

Thanks for all the replies. Food for thought... I do have a loyalty bonus due soon but unfortunately missed the double status credits offer last month so I think it will be too difficult to achieve in less than 4 weeks.


Pity there is no credit cards offering Status Credits as joining incentives :(

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 287

Excuse my ignorance, what is a "soft landing" back to GOLD?

It means that if you obtain Platinum then fail to retain it you'd drop back to Gold not Bronze. Similarly if you fail to retain Gold you'd drop back to Silver.


So if you know you're unlikely to retain Platinum and have a lot of points saved up and can book well in advance you could try to fly Business for your long haul international flights on classic reward seats rather than book cash fares.

anonymous

Member since 24 Dec 2013

Total posts 105

I say go for it then you will know first hand what it is like to be Platinum. Otherwise you will always wonder what could have been and what you may have missed out on.

xtfer

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 14 Mar 2017

Total posts 149

Waste of time and money. The leap from Gold to Platinum in terms of benefits is nothing like Silver to Gold. If you have Gold you are doing fine. Chill! :)

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 259

Not worth it.

Longtoo

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2017

Total posts 29

Platinum benefits are marginally above gold. 315 SC is a big gap. I would not chase it.

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