American Airlines - AAdvantage
Member since 13 Jul 2015
Total posts 50
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,113
It would depend on whether you'd actually use those status credits – e.g. would spending the extra $700 push you over the line to qualify for Gold or Platinum or to retain that level for another year, or get you closer to Lifetime Gold, all of which would avoid the cost of purchasing a lounge membership?Personally, I don't much chase status any more, and in this circumstance, I'd keep the $700: after all, you can buy Qantas Club from $321/year when it's on sale, or put that money towards a high-end credit card that includes broader lounge access, so that you're not paying a company money in order to be loyal to that same company (it should be the other way around, ha!).Long story short, if there's a tangible benefit in earning those extra status credits, it could be worth it: otherwise, what are you really 'buying' other than a higher number on a screen? :)
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 25 Sep 2013
Total posts 376
Double status credits promotions in recent years have only applied to QF operated (and marketed) flights so don't think you missed out on anything.
Member since 06 Jun 2017
Total posts 28
I'm not sure how Emirates Sky Rewards works, but could you status match up to Silver (I believe this is easy), and then maybe credit to Emirates? Not sure if a return in F would put you up to Gold or not though.
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 267
Depends if the SC will get you to a level or help towards lifetime status etc,I just paid $900 return airfare TSV-DRW which earns 60 status credits so to me your $720 for 450 SC is a bargain, if it provides some value.
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 352
If the status credits would propel you to Gold or Platinum, then I think if you travel frequently, the benefits are worth it. But if this is more of a once in a life time thing, I would save the money and credit the flights to emirates skywards which I think you would at least get Silver status after this flight.
Member since 03 Sep 2014
Total posts 7
if you are locked into the Qantas program, pay the bit extra, otherwise don't bother, cheers, john
Just to add, 420 points won't take me to Gold (mostly because I fly many airlines), but it will take me within 100 SC, which should be easy enough to make. Gold would help me stick with Qantas more though rather than mixing and matching in the future though.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 572
If it takes within 100 then go for it if you have enough time. Even though the price is higher the bonus points plus chance of upgrades etc makes it worth. I am platinum and it is definitely worth it as I can only pay for economy tickets, and the rest comes from status and the occasional double status promotion. PE sales are also handy.
Side Question:- Qantas from London First Class all the way home vs Emirates First Class with new First Class all the way home? Same price, same points, same SCI'd guess most people would rather Emirates, but still!
Jabbing not the same SC that is why the question.
Member since 28 Feb 2018
Total posts 36
I don't think Emirates and Qantas status match each other (at least that's what Emirates customer service told me a few years ago when I tried), so the only benefit of booking through skywards would be if you're likely to use Emirates much in the future... Not sure how easy it would be to status match from Emirates to Star alliance at silver level...
Emirates of course.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 24 Dec 2012
Total posts 19
Like most of the above responses, if it earns/retains you that platinum and you can't get there normallly, then spend the extra $$$. Otherwise save your money...
Member since 14 Dec 2016
Total posts 57
Send me your P&L statement, and I will make an executive call...with no consultancy fees attached.
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