Qantas or Singapore Airlines?

18 replies

rishigarg

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Oct 2016

Total posts 9

Hi team

Please help. I am currently a SQ Silver Krisflyer member. I need another few thousand points by Feb to retain this level of membership otherwise I'll go down. 
I am scheduled to fly Melbourne to Singapore return in Feb anyways. Now here's my dilemma
- Qantas is running an A380 service that I really want to fly. 
- But if I fly SQ I'll get to keep my Silver membership. 

Price is more or less the same for both.
Krisflyer Silver membership hardly comes with any benefits to be honest. No lounge access, priority check-in/boarding or other tangible benefits. Though I do use my Krisflyer points to fly on their partner airlines like AirVistara or Virgin Australia. 

Any suggestions on which one I should go for?  Please help!! 

Poll: Which one should I choose

Theresnormissin

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Oct 2016

Total posts 130

I'd suggest that you should fly Singapore to retain your silver status, unless you have a really compelling reason to fly on the QF A380 which you haven't detailed? Some status is better than no status.

Last editedby Theresnormissin at Nov 14, 2018, 02:23 PM.

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 132

Agree. Personally I think if you’re only going to be able to build up status with one global alliance then you may as well stick with that. I guess if you will struggle to retain silver star alliance then maybe go with the cheapest option. I’m guessing from your post that you’re going in economy? If so then not a lot to choose probably in terms of product. If business, then I’d be choosing SQ.

wdeguara

Etihad - Etihad Guest

Member since 06 Apr 2012

Total posts 77

Also noting that Singapore Airlines also has the A380 (and A350) on it's February schedules for Melbourne - if that is the sole reason why you are contemplating Qantas.

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Oct 2013

Total posts 768

If you're okay to fly any A380 then, you could always fly MEL-SYD-SIN on VA then SQ's A380 flight from Sydney to Singapore.


Something like MEL-SYD (VA) SYD-SIN (SQ) and SIN-MEL (SQ) can be booked on a single ticket and only adds $100 extra compared to flying direct.

If you're traveling to the US then Star Alliance Silver gives premier access on United otherwise it's quite pointless.

Carrots

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Oct 2017

Total posts 39

Perhaps a different view point - you could always look at flying SQ but credit to VA? Least you'd likely bump through to Gold relatively quickly and maybe even Plat? Good access/benefits with SQ, but obviously drop off bookings with others.

xtfer

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 14 Mar 2017

Total posts 146

Perhaps a different view point - you could always look at flying SQ but credit to VA? Least you'd likely bump through to Gold relatively quickly and maybe even Plat? Good access/benefits with SQ, but obviously drop off bookings with others.

+1 to this idea. If you are going to be flying a bit in the future, its easier to get VA Gold than Krisflyer Gold, and the benefits on Singapore are about the same.

ExLibris76

Member since 09 Jul 2012

Total posts 19

Seems like most replies are leaning towards SQ and/or retaining some status level. As someone wisely pointed out: "having some status is better than no status". I've found this to be so true. When starting out a few years back, even lowly silver status on certain airlines made a huge difference. I was - on different occasions when flying economy - able to get preferred seating, extra baggage allowance, and two or three upgrades. Not a lot, but it helped me. Nowadays I'm fortunate to fly business more often, where most benefits are included. But I still look back and count myself lucky in the beginning for having at least some status. Or look at it another way: the a380 will be around for at least another decade or two for you to fly. But status is fleeting and should be utilized/obtained whenever the opportunity comes up!

rishigarg

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Oct 2016

Total posts 9

Hi everyone,

Thanks heaps for all your help. I have decided to go with SQ and retain silver status.

Cheers
Rishi

MAK

Member since 18 Oct 2018

Total posts 11

I'm gold with Qantas but I still voted SQ! Guess that's saying something. I which virgin would offer Gold transfer... I'd switch tomorrow and start booking all my business trips on VA/SQ.

Last editedby MAK at Nov 14, 2018, 11:47 PM.

puppy79

Member since 06 Dec 2017

Total posts 23

SQ.I might only be a red level at velocity but earn points with them filling the car petrol and at one time car servicing at midas(I am now sadly on a caped price service plan with Holden)since trading up which places like that are no more.that aside SINGAPORE ARE THE BETTER carrier.

brettepi

Member since 10 Jul 2017

Total posts 86

taxes are a lot lower with SQ

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Aug 2011

Total posts 385

SQ all the way. We credit to VA. You can maintain gold with one MEL-SIN-HKG return in J and four VA paid domestic flights. It's too easy.

Uqsthom6

Member since 15 Mar 2017

Total posts 20

I'm gold with Qantas but I still voted SQ! Guess that's saying something. I which virgin would offer Gold transfer... I'd switch tomorrow and start booking all my business trips on VA/SQ.
Last edited by MAK at Nov 14, 2018, 11.47 PM.

Sounds like someone needs to propose a status challenge to VA 😁

BLAMEX

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 May 2017

Total posts 5

SQ a far superiour to QF. Further when it comes to using your points Krisflyer has far more availability than QF.

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