Qantas loyalty bonus: points or status credits?

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Sparksy

Member since 09 Aug 2015

Total posts 11

I'm a bit of a newcomer to all this, but with some work travel coming up thanks to a new job I've decided to get more into points and status. I've just qualified for my first Qantas Frequent Flyer status bonus, the choice is 8,000 points or 50 status credits. I'm leaning towards the status credits but is there a good reason for going for points instead? Thanks in advance!


Too Technical

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Oct 2016

Total posts 19

It depends if you're likely to receive more status credits before the end of your membership year to get you to gold. If those status credits will help you get up to gold, then go for it. If you end up not getting up to gold, and you chose the status credits, they will be completely useless to you in the future. So only choose the status credits if they will be of any help, if not, the extra boost in points should be good, that's a short classic rewards flight worth of points given to you for free :)


Good Luck :D

Last editedby Too Technical at Oct 29, 2018, 09:30 PM.

Bob Burgess

Member since 13 Sep 2016

Total posts 50

Very good suggestion above. Check your current status and your progress towards the next milestone. If you are on the way to Silver and have a lot of work trips coming up it might not be worth going for status credits because Silver doesn't have a lot of real benefits and your work trips might get you to Silver anyway. If you are on the way to Gold then every extra status credit can help and Gold is worth having.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

The bonus Status Credits do count towards Lifetime Status so depending how achievable that is and how close you are it may/may not be worth taking the Status Credits even if taking them isn't going to make a difference to your current status level.

aatuti

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 Oct 2018

Total posts 7

I've recently become eligible for this also, but have a question regarding the redemption time. My anniversary is Nov 30, and I will be 150 SCs away from Gold, and not able to do any flights to get over the line. So the 50 SCs this year won't help, however, can I wait until December to choose and then pick the 50 SCs so it credits next year?

Bhoyinoz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Dec 2016

Total posts 11

You get 3 months to choose.

aatuti

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 30 Oct 2018

Total posts 7

You get 3 months to choose.

Fantastic - thanks for the info!

Metoo

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Nov 2016

Total posts 91

I always choose status credits as they go for lifetime gold membership. If you have on a long range plan to moving up the tiers then they are always handy to have. Using points and getting value for dollar is debatable.

Ross

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2014

Total posts 83

I always choose status credits as they go for lifetime gold membership. If you have on a long range plan to moving up the tiers then they are always handy to have. Using points and getting value for dollar is debatable.

Ditto, over the years I've added to my LTG pool through these probably 300 SC or so.

GBRGB

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Jan 2014

Total posts 238

I always choose SC, points are so easy to come by so many avenues but you nearly always have to spend money on air travel to get SC, so if they are free take them.

mviy

Member since 05 May 2016

Total posts 281

I’ve always taken SC when I’ve had the choice.

patrickk

Qantas

Member since 19 Apr 2012

Total posts 481

This year for the first time I chose points as I have platinum for next year and Life Time Gold so then the point made sense but generally SCs

David Robertson

Member since 13 Sep 2016

Total posts 12

Here's a good tip for the loyalty bonus. You have three months to make your choice between points and status credits, so if you get the loyalty bonus but have already reached your desired tier in your membership year and that year is almost over, wait until your new membership year rolls over and you are back at zero status credits, THEN activate your loyalty bonus for those 50 status credits. This way you will effectively start the year with 50 status credits already earned towards your new goal.

seyre

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 26 Jul 2012

Total posts 2

As per the above advice, depends where you are on the ladder and plans for the rest of the year. I took both SC's in this membership year (100SC) which tipped me over into Platinum status. Also means next year to retain platinum I'll need only 1100 sc's. Also assisting my way to lifetime gold

Splodge

Member since 19 Feb 2014

Total posts 1

If you’re in the smaller group of people who are nearing Platinum One, be aware that the status credits don’t count towards P1 for some reason....

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