Platinum One benefits ... so close

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Z2273465

Member since 14 Jun 2018

Total posts 2

Hi


I’m within 130 status points of achieving platinum one status with only a few weeks till my year end

Wondering if it’s worth chasing. Grateful for any insights and views on benefits of Platinum One vs Platinum

Thanks!!

MRYJDrake

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 31 Oct 2016

Total posts 204

Won't hurt, give it a go!


You've come this far, and then you'll know if it's worth chasing in future.

Plus, a soft landing down afterwards.

MRYJDrake

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 31 Oct 2016

Total posts 204

Won't hurt, give it a go!

You've come this far, and then you'll know if it's worth chasing in future.

Plus, a soft landing down afterwards.

A return trip in J transcon, or trans tasman depending on your preference, should get you there nice and easy. Why not weekend in Queenstown, or Christchurch

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

Where are you based? What's your travel expected to be like next year? I would definitely go for it if you're that close


You may be able to get the 130 SC fairly affordably by doing a return indirect flight e.g. MEL-SYD-OOL return in Business gives 160 SC.

If you fail to retain P1 then there's a soft fall back to Platinum. That may be worth something to you. If you know you won't retain P1 you could try to use up some of your QF points for classic reward seats next membership year.

P1 will give you benefits like

Higher chance of getting classic reward seats released than Platinum for QF operated flights.
SST dedicated for serving Platinum One customers. Can be very useful if you run into problems and need help
Being able to pick seats that aren't already occupied anywhere in the cabin you've booked in (no more waiting for closer to the flight for the seat to become available unless it's vacated due to a booking cancellation/upgrade for another passenger)
Upgrade requests may be processed earlier, up to 7 days before an international departure.
Higher upgrade priority than Platinum
May be invited to events
May get a Christmas gift (e.g. a bottle of champagne)

tomJ

Member since 02 Nov 2017

Total posts 15

Free exit row seat selection, being able to select the good seats on the aircraft (eg. row 4 on the 737s, seat 1A etc.) right from time of booking, being able to get ahead of the hoards of WPs fighting for points upgrades, a bottle of wine each year, and most of all, white coasters are the main benefits that come to mind. (Correct me if I'm mistaken with any).

Nothing massive like the step up from gold to Platinum, but still some handy little benefits.


if you're only 130 points out, I'd say go for it.

Last editedby tomJ at Jun 14, 2018, 12:09 PM.

Happy Trails

Member since 11 Apr 2012

Total posts 85

Partner platinum is handy too, though it may not benefit everyone.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

There's a 50% status credits promo for Business travellers using QANTAS Business Rewards at the moment. AUSBT has posted an article about this. If you can take advantage of this this could help you cheaply get the 130SC you need.

Grumpyoldman

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Jan 2018

Total posts 13

The answer to this does depend quite a bit on your flying.


For me, the P1 benefit I value the most arises when travelling domestic economy. Being able to select, as soon as you book, row 4 on the 737s and 717s is a significant benefit. It is also more likely in my experience that once you’ve selected these seats you will have a spare one next to you.

This is the one that I make most use of and would make me “chase” P1.

The other benefits I have used and appreciate are:
* Platinum partner membership.
* Random “free” upgrades from time-to-time, as well as higher priority upgrades on points.
* If travelling business, I am regularly asked for my menu preferences before others, regardless of where I am sitting.
* The ability to ring to book fares for free - I have done this on a number of occasions.
* The EpiQure / wine membership.
* The two free first class lounge passes - my parents really loved these.

In aggregate, they are all nice to have and, if you get close are worth having. Having had P1, lost it, and now gone back, it does make a massive difference. But not as much as Gold to Platinum on both QF and VA.

spooncrusade

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 18 Jun 2018

Total posts 5

I am close to Platinum 1, never achieved before and could book a couple more trips to get over the line. The issue is, I am done with too much travel and next membership year, I will reduce massively. Perhaps back down to 800-1000 SC level.


If I push for Platinum 1, and next year don’t even achieve 1200 for retaining Platinum – would I fall straight back to Gold (life) or would I only drop one tier down to Platinum

Z2273465

Member since 14 Jun 2018

Total posts 2

Hi All


Quick update - just had a cheeky return trip to Wellington (from Sydney) and qualified for Platinum One!

Thanks all for the motivation and insights - I’ll let you know how I go over the next 12 months and my take on whether it’s worth it!

Cheers

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