Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 06 Oct 2014
Total posts 19
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 218
Just 4 flight segments on QF with the remainder of the 1200SCs on any oneworld airline.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 511
Do note the earn rates are much lower on non QF airlines so best to do some homework on the best rates.
Member since 07 Jan 2011
Total posts 127
Perhaps it makes better sense to switch to British Airways Executive Club? They are pretty easy to earn status with and provide good status even when you fly on their Oneworld partners.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 138
You don’t make it clear why you are wedded to retaining QF status. Unless you are chasing lifetime status or will be returning to Australia and resuming predominantly QF flying again shortly, I don’t see why you would be so determined to retain status. The earn rates will be considerably lower on partner airlines. I moved back to BAEC and they are easy to earn status with, as Sid says. Finally you don’t mention where you live in Asia, but if you’re flying BA I’m assuming it’s to LHR, if you’re in Singapore then flying QF on that route is an option.
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Total posts 137
I’n in a similar situation, I live in the US and am platinum and lifetime gold. All you need to do is those 4 flights on Qantas metal, the credits can come from anywhere. But in reality if you live outside Australia with a few long hauls flights in Qantas you’re well in your way to 1200 points already. A few regional / domestic flights on other one world carriers and your good to go.
Member since 14 Sep 2012
Total posts 16
I went through this exact thought process when I was going to be relocated to Singapore, and it comes down to how you are going to fly and to where and how often. I could have held onto QFF by using JetStar Asia for most of my intra-Asia (easy 1-3hr flights) and then plan for my min x4 QF flights back to Oz (e.g. SG-SYD via BNE or MEL), and use CX for trips to HK, China, Japan and Korea but...keeping Platinum with short haul JQ flights and partner flights (e.g. CX) was going to be tough. My company travel policy is economy class for >4hrs, premium economy 4>8hrs and then business class 8> so most of my flights would be in economy (you have to take this into consideration as it will make 1200 status credits much more work). I considered BA Exec Club but I don't travel to Europe so this was not the best option. I considered moving everything to Cathay Marco Polo/Asia Miles which would have worked. Otherwise for SG then SQ Krisflyer was really the best + credit card with KF.
Member since 01 Apr 2014
Total posts 6
American Airlines - AAdvantage
Member since 13 Jul 2015
Total posts 48
Emirates flights on a QF booking is the same however.
Member since 16 Jun 2011
Total posts 226
The four flights can also be on Jetstar flights, so Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific or Jetstar Japan flights (with the right bundles) might also help in a pinch.
They won't do a status match against another OneWorld airline, but if you've got your QFF status secure for a while then you could start with BA. It largely depends what your medium term plan is. If you are going to move back to Australia in the near term, then makes sense to stick, if not then I would consider which one fits in best with your travel profile. Clearly if you are doing a significant amount of flying to Australia then the status quo could make sense. Between BAEC or QFF you'll get the same benefits at Changi, including the new First lounge when it opens. I am partially based in Singapore and made the decision to switch back to BAEC after five years with QFF (which started when I moved to Australia) but that's because long term I won't be moving back to Australia and most of my flying is to Europe or the Middle East. I'm also assuming that you don't want to consider Singapores KrisFlyer scheme? Bear in mind credit card spend, etc in Singapore could be useful there in building up points. If you do a reasonable amount of flying and have the freedom to choose who you fly with (SQ normally much dearer than BA or QR if you are paying versus a corporate account!) then its worth considering KrisFlyer.
Member since 25 Nov 2016
Total posts 91
Double SCs promotions help a lot. First class Singapore to Sydney with double SCs gets you 720 return. Only 480 to go from there.
Member since 27 Nov 2016
Total posts 1
I’m based in SIN. I use JQ, 3K, QF to hit the 4 required. MH gives good SC if you travel in J. MH gives significant value for SC when you plan your trip in advance as their J pricing is the same as SQ Y pricing.
British Airways - Executive Club
Member since 23 Mar 2018
Total posts 32
I have lived in Australia for 13 years but have continued to be with BAEC. I do fly to the UK twice a year and have an address I can use in the UK for correspondence though.
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