Retaining Qantas Platinum in Asia

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injadavidsan

Member since 30 Mar 2015

Total posts 9

Here is a tip, join Qatar Privilege club and send them an email from your acct re your situation and request a bonus Qpoints deal.

ciaomucca

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 May 2012

Total posts 28

While based in Manila, I did some status runs on MH whenever they had a business class sale. MNL-KUL-CGK return was often quickest and cheapest, and each trip netted 240 QFF SC for a $350 fare. Intra-Asia fares on MH have retained a decent earn rate. A pretty easy way to bump up to Platinum!

kinnoda

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Dec 2011

Total posts 8

The 4 flights do not need to be on Qantas metal - only on Qantas marketed flights. Therefore, your flights can be on another airline if booked via Qantas using the applicable Qantas codeshare flight number.
For example, I have retained QF Plat status a few times by only flying to/from Europe on Emirates metal using the QF codeshare flight numbers which count towards minimum QF sectors and give you the full earn of points/status credits. If I was to book with an EK flight number, I would miss out. Tickets issued by Qantas (assuming it is available as a Qantas codeshare flight) will start with 081-xxxxxxxx. Hope that helps.


You don’t even have to fly Qantas, 4 flights on Jetstar is also enough. Easy to achieve in Asia.

sq or qf

Member since 03 Feb 2018

Total posts 9

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.

I find BAEC to be much better than Qantas for many reasons. You get confirmed points upgrades when travelling internationally (provided there is a points redemption seat available). That means no wait list. You can achieve lifetime BAEC Gold after 35000 status points. There is plenty of award seat availability, especially between London and Asia/USA. You earn the same status points on oneworld airlines as you do on BA metal. For example, that means if you fly KUL to SYD on a Malaysia Airlines special business class fare, you still get 140 status points (unlike with Qantas).

Just be aware that you do need to do
4 BA flights a year though, as well as get 1500 status points (BA calls them tier points) to get gold (oneworld emerald).

Whilst BA might not be the world’s greatest airline, I have noticed huge improvements in the soft product in business over the last 12 months and the new Club Suite also looks to be impressive when it is rolled out over the next few years.

With BAEC, you get get lifetime gold after 35 000 status points.


Isn't that substantially harder than getting lifetime gold with Qantas. Unless you earn BAEC status credits at a considerably quicker rate.

You need 14 000 status credits for lifetime gold with Qantas.

rwSydney

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 23 Mar 2018

Total posts 33

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.

I find BAEC to be much better than Qantas for many reasons. You get confirmed points upgrades when travelling internationally (provided there is a points redemption seat available). That means no wait list. You can achieve lifetime BAEC Gold after 35000 status points. There is plenty of award seat availability, especially between London and Asia/USA. You earn the same status points on oneworld airlines as you do on BA metal. For example, that means if you fly KUL to SYD on a Malaysia Airlines special business class fare, you still get 140 status points (unlike with Qantas).

Just be aware that you do need to do
4 BA flights a year though, as well as get 1500 status points (BA calls them tier points) to get gold (oneworld emerald).

Whilst BA might not be the world’s greatest airline, I have noticed huge improvements in the soft product in business over the last 12 months and the new Club Suite also looks to be impressive when it is rolled out over the next few years.

With BAEC, you get get lifetime gold after 35 000 status points.

Isn't that substantially harder than getting lifetime gold with Qantas. Unless you earn BAEC status credits at a considerably quicker rate.

You need 14 000 status credits for lifetime gold with Qantas.

Sorry should have said BA Gold is the equivalent of Qantas Platinum (Emerald).

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 144

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.

I find BAEC to be much better than Qantas for many reasons. You get confirmed points upgrades when travelling internationally (provided there is a points redemption seat available). That means no wait list. You can achieve lifetime BAEC Gold after 35000 status points. There is plenty of award seat availability, especially between London and Asia/USA. You earn the same status points on oneworld airlines as you do on BA metal. For example, that means if you fly KUL to SYD on a Malaysia Airlines special business class fare, you still get 140 status points (unlike with Qantas).

Just be aware that you do need to do
4 BA flights a year though, as well as get 1500 status points (BA calls them tier points) to get gold (oneworld emerald).

Whilst BA might not be the world’s greatest airline, I have noticed huge improvements in the soft product in business over the last 12 months and the new Club Suite also looks to be impressive when it is rolled out over the next few years.

With BAEC, you get get lifetime gold after 35 000 status points.

Isn't that substantially harder than getting lifetime gold with Qantas. Unless you earn BAEC status credits at a considerably quicker rate.

You need 14 000 status credits for lifetime gold with Qantas.

Sorry should have said BA Gold is the equivalent of Qantas Platinum (Emerald).

@rwsydney I think you made it very clear. For someone that actually read what you posted! It’s the sapphire / emerald piece that’s consistent across the one world group. Not bronze / gold / platinum etc

sq or qf

Member since 03 Feb 2018

Total posts 9

With all due respect, Ourmanin, I read rwSydney's post in its entirety. However, I'm not au fait with the BAEC programme. I wanted to know more about how its lifetime membership compares with the QFF lifetime membership programmes.


In the post, rwSydney cited a list of benefits associated with the BAEC programme. Mention of the necessary 35 000 status points for lifetime BAEC gold was sandwiched between mention of benefits. So I wondered if the notion of needing (just) 35 000 status points for lifetime gold was being portrayed as an enticement. That's why I questioned it ;)

For all I know, it's easier to accrue BAEC status points than it is to get QFF status credits.

Cheers rwSydney for clarifying. My conclusion is that the BAEC offers more immediate benefits than QFF. BAEC Lifetime Gold is also far more attainable than its equivalent QFF lifetime Platinum for which you need 75 000 status credits. However, QFF Lifetime Gold is more attainable than BAEC Lifetime Gold. While, it's not Oneworld Emerald status, QFF gold brings with it complimentary lounge access before Oneworld flights. There's no BA equivalent to QFF Lifetime Gold. So I guess it really depends on how much you fly. If you'll get to 35 000 BAEC status points, then BAEC > QFF for you. However, if you don't think you'll amass quite that many but you should get to 14 000 QFF status credits then that's better in the long run for you

Last editedby sq or qf at Jul 05, 2019, 11:35 PM.

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 259

Slightly (or significantly, depending on your point of view) OT, you are likely to be offered a “retain for points” option by QF if you have been platinum for a while. I have been offered the option of retaining platinum for 120,000 points today.

If you are only up there short term and swimming in points AND platinum is that important to you, it may be an option worth considering.

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