Member since 24 Feb 2012
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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Oct 2016
Total posts 129
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!
Member since 05 May 2016
Total posts 283
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.
British Airways - Executive Club
Member since 23 Mar 2018
Total posts 32
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).
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.
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..
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.
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