TALKING POINT | Lifetime Gold status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is a goal of many business travellers – but once you’ve locked in Gold status for the rest of your life there’s nothing higher to aim for with Qantas, because there’s no such thing as Qantas Lifetime Platinum.
As a result, when some savvy flyers reach the lofty heights of Lifetime Gold, they switch their loyalty to British Airways’ Executive Club or the Finnair Plus scheme instead, which do allow travellers to earn the equivalent of Qantas Lifetime Platinum in the form of Lifetime ‘Oneworld Emerald’ status.
Just like Qantas Platinum, the BA and Finnair Oneworld equivalents offer priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery on Oneworld flights – including with Qantas – along with a lifetime of access to the domestic Qantas business class lounges and international Qantas first class lounges, among others.
However, when switching to another loyalty program most travellers end up flying with Qantas less often, as flights taken with other airlines can instead deliver more ‘tier points’ – an equivalent of Qantas status credits – paving a faster path to Lifetime Emerald.
But if Qantas did introduce its own Lifetime Platinum tier, how would that influence your flying habits? Would you travel with Qantas more frequently, crediting more points and status credits to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program in your quest for Lifetime Platinum, or would such a lofty tier sit in the ‘too hard’ basket?
It's hard to judge without knowing how many status credits Qantas Lifetime Platinum would require, but we can make an estimate. Qantas Lifetime Gold requires 14,000 status credits – the equivalent of reaching Qantas Gold for the first time 20 times over.
Based on that, we could expect Lifetime Platinum to require at least 20 times what’s needed to qualify for a single year of Platinum – that's at least 28,000 status credits, which is a lot of flying. So would you be up for the challenge?
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