Did you take advantage of Qantas' double status credits deal?

By David Flynn , May 5 2016
Did you take advantage of Qantas' double status credits deal?

TALKING POINT | Last week saw Qantas unleash a rare double status credits offer to its entire Qantas Frequent Flyer database.

We've previously seen these tempting promotions run as a targeted campaign.

But this time around, everybody on the reward program's 11+ million membership list stood to scoop up a double serve of status credits on any Qantas flight, domestic or international, flown through to April 2017 – provided they booked within a tight seven day window.

(That window closed at the stroke of midnight – so if you missed out, well, you should be reading Australian Business Traveller more often!)

Climbing the ladder

The strongest lure of earning twice as many status credits is a fast-track to climbing the frequent flyer ladder to that next tier – typically Gold, Platinum or even Platinum One – which might otherwise have been out of reach without the jet-propelled boost provided by this 2x multiplier.

However, it can also lock in your current status tier if the travel schedule looks a little bleak.

For example, a business class return trip from Sydney to Singapore or Hong Kong would pocket at least 480 status credits, which is almost enough to retain Gold status for another membership year (if you were already sitting on just 120 status credits, this one trip would have sealed the deal).

So, did it work?

Of course, Qantas didn't offer a second helping of status credits due to a sudden flush of generosity.

This was a push to spur bookings, naturally.

But we suspect an exercise geared to see which members would jump to make a booking, based on their current status and desired goals – with the aim of pouring all that data into the mother of all spreadsheets, to be sliced, diced and analysed down the track.

So today we're asking AusBT readers: did you make one or more new bookings on the back of Qantas' double status credits deal?

Was this to keep your current status or jump to the next level? And were these bookings for travel you'd already been contemplating, or did the 2SC promo succeed in making you buy a ticket purely because of that piece of gold or platinum bait dangling from the hook?

Follow Australian Business Traveller on Twitter: we're @AusBT

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

05 May 2016

Total posts 10

Yes, I made a booking BNE NRT BNE. This was to maintain my gold status, as I projected that I would have been about 20 points short when my account comes up for renewal. I had been thinking about it, but this made it worthwhile. 

Now I'm super looking forward to the break!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Mar 2014

Total posts 215

I took advantage to maintain my current status and to finally hit Life Gold.

These trips I was alreay contemplating and the double SCs made it easier to book.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

Total posts 213

Congrats on LTG! Out of curiousity... In honesty, do you think this will affect your future booking patterns with QF / OW?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Mar 2014

Total posts 215

Good Question Jay

Its nice to have that lounge access so I would stay loyal where possible. Lots of factors to think about.

I travel to HK and Singapore fairly regularly and I think QF lounges there now are very hard to beat quality wise.

Domestically no complaints. 

I do dread 787 -  5 across as I am mostly in Y maybe in the future I would go elsewhere if  this is on going. I dont mind the 330 and 2 seats in Y.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

Total posts 213

Very interesting.

Do you feel encouraged to "take your foot off the accelerator," re: chasing status credits and whatnot with Qantas?

Now that SC's don't matter, would you be more likely to consider Jetstar for personal travel, knowing that Qantas will still let you into their lounges?

I suppose it would be a more interesting question to pose in the future, maybe post-retirement when you might otherwise have no status, and thus freedom to choose your carrier... Would you still choose a QF / OW carrier... And so forth...

Could ya put a note on your calendar 25yrs from now, and get back to me! :-]

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Mar 2014

Total posts 215

For work will stick with OW/QF. That will stay stable atm.

I would consider J* for footy trips to Melbourne short haul only.

I guess there is no reason to look to far elsewhere now,  I feel it gives me more freedom to use OW carriers and not worry too much about the SCs or points really. Thats my opionion. 

The CX flight from here to HK timing I love so I would use them now on preference to QF via Mel or SYD as long as I can get a value for money fair.

Its nice feeling to have there and not chase the SCs.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

Total posts 213

I'm sadly still a few years off LTG, but I'm Plat with QF for the time being. When my work flying declines and my status drops, LTG would be very nice to have in the back pocket.

Similar situation yeah, re: domestic. I'm MEL based but do travel interstate regularly on weekends for the footy, and I was attracted to the idea of catching cheap Jetstar flights on weekends whilst still using QF lounges... until the powers that be shifted Jetstar MEL from T1 to T4 ... bye bye lounge.

On the international front, it would be nice to jump on cheaper alternatives, like EK and CX and QR. Especially since QF is merging their int'l F and J lounges into single combined lounges, don't feel I'm missing anything being Gold rather than Plat.

To be honest, I see LTG as a great way to earn business in the present, and then as an incentive to fly less with Qantas after it's awarded, and more on Jetstar & oneworld alternatives.

(I hope they're not reading this.)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Mar 2014

Total posts 215

Are you in a similar situation Jay?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 350

As I have only just turned WP I did not take advantage. Would have liked to however the timing just didnt work and was loathe to book a sttaus run 13 months out from requaliifcation.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2223

Agreed — I calculated that I couldn't actually make use of it to move up to the next tier before the end of my membership year, so there was no point.

Mal
Mal

14 Jun 2013

Total posts 360

I was planning a trip to Hong Kong anyway, was planning CX as they have more flights than Qantas which means they are more flexible for my schedule, but due to the double SC deal I booked with QF instead, as based on my existing SC count this meant I could reach Platinum instead of staying at Gold.

QFF

03 Apr 2016

Total posts 4

Yes, i booked return business to the UK and return PE to Tokyo. These trips were already planned but the offer gave me the push to finalise some details and book. Will definetly maintain Platinum now, with a good shot at P1 with almost of full year of travel before requalification..

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 490

I already had all my international trips booked up to October and unsure from that date, and I didn't book any domestic flights on QF as the points on VA flexi fares are far better then QF hands down.

NZ Elite

03 Jul 2014

Total posts 108

WLG-SYD-MEL return in Business class over a weekend for ~NZ$1200 and a total of 480 status credits. Will guarantee requalification for Platinum. Likely wouldn't have booked it without the promotion, but may have requalified regardless with work trips.

18 Mar 2015

Total posts 4

I booked MEL-SYD-CGK for 640 SC :)
I'm currently sitting on 625 SC and couldn't resist the offer to requalify as WP. 
It also makes for a good positioning flight for a DPS getaway.   

QF

11 Sep 2012

Total posts 21

I made it (I think), work booked a MEL-LHR in Y+ and it was on my QFF account yesterday afternoon even though I haven't seen the final itinerary in my inbox.


I've got Gold, but was likley to be a bit short to retain this year so was planning a QF booked run from AKL-MEL in Emirates First to score enough to keep it (and drink my body weight in Champagne, of course), but now I don't think I'll need to.


I was going anyway, I just pushed to get the booking in time, so really I'm just lucky. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 May 2016

Total posts 1

 

Took up the offer, booked five domestic flights over the next 2 months and SYD-LAX-SYD  in business for Jan 2017 (which was already planned). The offer will help me retain Platinum and give me the remaining 600 SC's for lifetime Gold.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 May 2013

Total posts 17

Yes - it definitely did work!  Booked enough flights between now and February next year (most were trips that I had penciled in anyway) to retain platinum.... thanks QF!

Etihad - Etihad Guest

06 Apr 2012

Total posts 101

Same story here.  The double points offer encouraged me to book my planned work trips as well as provide incentive to finalise flights for some personal trips over the next 12 months.  The points accumulation should ensure I maintain status for the remainder of this year (Dec 31 rollover) as well as give me a great head start in the next Status year.  Lounge access and Priority Boarding are my main drivers to maintain status given that I find these features particularly benefital for the work trips.  As such, I find Status Boost offers more incentive than Points Boost.

Interesting to note that our Corporate Travel Desk also notified staff to take advantage of the offer to upgrade/retain their Qantas status.  I suspect that Qantas's competitors may have seen a  dip in bookings from business travellers during the promotion period.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2012

Total posts 304

Yup, booke a Status run over a weekend from HK-MEL to maintain WP as my original planned trip was after my anniversary date and i wouldn't have kept WP.  Now i will maintain WP for another year!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 264

I have Gold already this year, no chance of getting any further so I put my travel back a couple of months to after my anniversary but booked now to take advantage of double SC.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 May 2015

Total posts 19

I booked about six return flights to Asia over the next 12 months.  I would have done so anyway but usually closer to each trip.  Will be very interesting to see if this noticibly raises the overall number of people who can reach gold and platinum statuses.  Happy for everyone this helps but secretly hoping it doesn't make it any harder to get a table in the first lounge on a Sunday morning!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Feb 2016

Total posts 47

Certainly did, these were all planned trips so the promotion window just changed when I was going to book. All Flights in J,  a couple for Japan, NZ and also JFK. In some cases changed planed departure point to maximise internal SC. Also a few domestic planed to go E now in to B the bookings made resulted in being 20 SC short to retain P1 to mid 2018. Afriend also jumped onboard to go straight to gold in 1 flight.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

14 Apr 2013

Total posts 333

Took advantage and am doing 2 massive status runs:

This week: SYD - PER - MEL - SYD 

Next week: SYD - SIN - MEL - SYD - PER - SYD.

 

This should get me close to Plat 1 

17 Jun 2011

Total posts 66

Bad timing for me having just completed several large trips (work and personal).

A no brainer if you had travel planned or were considering.

05 May 2016

Total posts 583

Booked a status run and a trip I might not otherwise have booked.

Will now get WP for the first time.

Could've booked a status run for next year but decided not to.

23 Feb 2015

Total posts 263

Planned on heading to HK next March, so brought forward the booking to coincide with the double status credits and the Hong Kong sale that finished earlier this week. Double win!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

Yup! Booked trips to SIN, HKG, PVG, and booked one to JNB.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 959

Yup I booked a planned Washington flight and will maintain gold on that one flight. I also booked domestic flights for fixed meetings and the like. Lifetime gold is not far away and the faster I get there the better.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Jun 2011

Total posts 91

Yep! Booked a Christmas and NYE trip: SYD-MEL-LHR then BRU-LHR-SYD all in business class. This will secure me enough SCs to tempt me into purchasing another trip to hit Platinum - so I did: SYD-OOL-SYD also in J. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Aug 2011

Total posts 4

Yes, booked Adl HK Adl Bus Class, I was thinking I would not be able to keep my Platinum status this year, this should put almost there, will be 55 SC short if no other travel between now and early Oct.

Any ideas on how to get 55 status credits for minumum spend ??

Sure did. I am platinum, but my business travel days are looking bleak so picked up a SYD/LON return all on QF1/2 and nearly retained my status in one flight for another year. Happy Days and thanks for letting me know about the promotion.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 26

Yes yes we did take up the opportunity of the double credits, primarily with hope of sliding back to Gold. We booked PE return Sydney to Houston, and are excited at the prospect. Thank you - yet again - Qantas.  We really value QF7 & QF8 flights to US.

 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 34

I got conned into it not reading th fine prints carefully!  All my bookings with QF on codeshare (EK) are not eligible for double status credit promotions!  I am cancelling those codeshare tickets soon and go for another airline on J class!  Rather go for other airlines that allow you to bid for upgrades than earning stingy and hard-earned status credit frequent flyer program like Qantas!  And do you realise that those classic awards flights are so hard/inflexible and often unavailable for redemption.  

Company is cutting on flying trips and constantly looking out for cheap airfares for business related trips.  Qantas eventually will go bust if they do not look after their loyal Qantas members on Silver and Gold Level!

I wonder what's the point to keep earning the Qantas points now.....................

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 994

Every time one of these bonus status credit deals comes up, I'm never in a position to book or even plan any travel during the times the deals are available for.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

27 Mar 2015

Total posts 13

damn forgot - and missed by 2 days....bugger

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 1

I would have but they didnt have any sales at the time. Would have been great if they had a sale at the same time.

21 Sep 2012

Total posts 16

That's true. I was going to book AU to LAX but the fares were $8k in J.  They're now $5k on a companion sale so I'd rather book now and forfeit double status.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

Total posts 10

Clearly they probably planned the SC promo time to coincide with minimal sale fares available. That way they can maximise flight bookings and cash flow.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

Total posts 10

Very disappointed that I booked our return flights for holiday in October SYD-ICN-NRT-HAN-SYD just the weekend before the double SC promo started. But rather happy to now have booked most of my planned work travels (all domestic) up until the anniversary date of my re-assessment. Should now retain Plat in 8 weeks without the need for doing a status run to NZ or SYD-CNS. Happy days.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jan 2016

Total posts 10

I certainly made use of the one trip necessary, given the promotion, in my next status year to maintain platinum. LHRSYD return in business...A$2000 less than my colleague doing it the other way around! Now i can travel on CX and save even more whilst using my QF platinum and the awesome lounges in SYD & HKG that QF & CX offer OW emeralds.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 May 2016

Total posts 1

The time frame to book was too short for me to use.  I was keen to book a return international business class trip,  but as an ADF member,  I have to gain approval from my command chain for the time off before I'm allowed to commit to a booking - but my boss was away!! Couldn't use it for a work trip either as the pre-booking approval process is too lengthy. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Sep 2015

Total posts 14

Hi David, 

I made two bookings during this week, already planned but i pushed the booking day forward due to this promotion. I have already secured my QFF Gold for another 12 months from the targeted promotion previously but this one will help my wife status to silver. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2016

Total posts 2

I took advantage of this and booked multiple trips, however SYD > DUB > SYD is apparently not covered because its a code share flight. Someone told me if it had QF then it should be covered but Qantas confirmed that one isnt - damn shame

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 34

This is exactly what I got conned into! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2016

Total posts 2

Yeah I am quite disappointed about that.

05 May 2016

Total posts 583

My double status credits have posted.

Qantas

19 Jun 2015

Total posts 18

Yes I made 2 domestic and one return international PER-LON to try to retain Platinum and Gold for wife. HOWEVER i found out after booking that despite using a QF flight number no status bonus on EK operated flights from Perth. Was able to change the Dubai London leg to a QF plane so Im partly happier. If only Qantas realised how many Perth passengers they p*ss off with no QF operated flights from PER apart from one per day to Singapore which I dont rate as they use aged 737's straight off a domestic run. Seriously Qantas what are you thinking? If we are all forced to fly Emirates or Qatar at least give us the same status bonus that Qantas passengers get in Mel, Syd, Bris. Lucky Im loyal

05 May 2016

Total posts 583

Once the QF PER-LHR flights start you'll be able to choose to fly on that if a DSC offer comes up again.

Qantas

16 Jan 2014

Total posts 3

I fell for the promo too, but I was thinking that I could book travel well in advance for September & December and then change the dates nearer the time, if need be. The ticket itself allows changes. But now I know my real dates (in Nov) QFF are saying ANY change means no DSC!  They quoted me an ambiguous line of T&C... "If you change or cancel your initial qualifying booking and/or travel is completed outside the promotional period, this bonus offer will not apply".  If that really means no changes allowed AT ALL, then how unfair and petty is that. I've kept up my side of the offer, I registered, booked and paid within the promo period and the new dates remain within the original travel period. So my spend remains the same, I will even spend more changing the fly dates!  Really it's just a complete scam.

Qantas

16 Jan 2014

Total posts 3

Just an update. IT DID WORK after all - after I had to change my travel dates. It seems despite what QFF told me the DSC offer is/was based on when you booked, on your original PNR. So provided you don't cancel and then rebook a new flight on a new PNR then you're OK, date changes to the original PNR are allowed, you'll still get the DSC's.  So it's not a cash flow scam this offer just suffers from a very vague set of rules by QF which were open to different interpretations, including by different QF staff.

Qantas

31 Mar 2014

Total posts 6

It worked for me as I managed to get a very good deal on J class

SYD-JKT rtn which retained Gold for me in an otherwise very quiet travel year

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 26

Yes my wife and I made  it back to Gold again for which we are delighted after our recent flight from Syd to DFW and IAH. We fly regularly as private passengers with no commercial backing so really appreciated the offer.


Hi Guest, join in the discussion on Did you take advantage of Qantas' double status credits deal?