One World FF program

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New Mint

Member since 24 Feb 2012

Total posts 66

Hi all,

Long time VA Velocity Platinum member here but am travelling to Europe on a Finnair business class ticket in a couple of weeks. I fly MEL-HKG and return legs on Cathay Pacific. Am then flying HKG-HEL-EDI and back with Finnair. I have no status with Qantas or any other Oneworld airline.

I’m looking for the best Oneworld frequent flyer program to join to gather the most status credits/points to (hopefully) achieve gold status with Oneworld off this trip. It appears the earning rates for status and points isn’t that great with Qantas on Finnair. Having done a little research it appears my best option is to Join BA’s Executive Club and fly 4 intro Europe business class segments. From what I’ve worked out this should get me to gold.

Any other tips and advice would be much appreciated.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Oct 2016

Total posts 130

Hey New Mint,

oneworld has three status tiers: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.

In terms of Qantas, that translates in to Silver (Ruby), Gold (Sapphire) and Platinum (emerald). For the BA executive club is Bronze (Ruby), Silver (Sapphire) and Gold (Emerald).

You need to be careful with your terminology as gaining Gold with BA is the equivalent of going for Qantas Platinum (which may not be a bad thing because it gives first lounge access) But gaining Silver with BA (equivalent of QFF gold) may be enough for you as, among other perks, that grants lounge access if you were flying Qantas with a QF flight number.

So I would start by looking at how each program aligns with each oneworld status tier. Others will probably be able to recommend a good program but BA has a lifetime status to work towards (there's an AustBT article about how that works) *Edit as mviy pointed out, qantas also has lifetime status!

Last editedby Theresnormissin at Aug 14, 2018, 05:16 PM.


Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 313

QF has a Lifetime Silver (Lifetime Ruby - 7000 SC) and Lifetime Gold (Lifetime Sapphire - 14000 SC).

BA has Lifetime Gold (Lifetime Emerald - 35000 Tier Points). BA's program is attractive especially if achieving LifeTime Gold is realistic for you.

Of course the programs could get devalued over time and it would take a lot of flying to reach Lifetime status.

Last editedby mviy at Aug 14, 2018, 05:02 PM.


British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 23 Mar 2018

Total posts 39

I highly recommend the BA program, although you will need a UK address in order to join it. I have lived in Australia for 13 years and have stayed with BA throughout, instead of moving over to Qantas (and managed to maintain OW Emerald or Sapphire for most of these years).

Advantages of BA are that the status points earning rate is excellent on any oneworld airline when flying business or first. You can also do confirned upgrades on BA flights (unlike Qantas where you are standby).

Disadvantages are that you have to do four BA flights a year in order to move up the tiers. Also BA business is nothing amazing, although they are supposedly launching new seats with their new aircraft next year.


Member since 27 Jun 2013

Total posts 8

A return trip to Europe in Business class on a Finnair ticket will get you Gold status with Finnair Plus. This is equivalent to Gold status with Qantas.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jul 2011

Total posts 835

The other question is what is the point of the exercise. If you gain oneworld sapphire are you going to use it in the following period..

Or would points earn and burn be more of a factor?

New Mint

Member since 24 Feb 2012

Total posts 66

Thanks for all your suggestions. I thought I’d calculated that if pull up short on Finnair of reaching Qantas equivalent gold. But if Ianparkinson62 is correct, I will just join the Finnair FF program.

Thanks everyone for their input

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