Qantas frequent flyers can pocket up to 100 bonus status credits over the next two months without leaving the ground, thanks to offers from both BP and Woolworths Rewards.
With domestic and international travel on hold for most Australians, these short-term deals may help Qantas cardholders to climb the status ladder during their downtime: locking in an upgraded set of perks for when travel resumes.
Here's how you can earn an easy 10 status credits without leaving your lounge room, plus a further 90 status credits as a reward for shopping at supermarkets, petrol stations, department stores and bottle shops.
Earning Qantas status credits at BP
Until June 30 2020, the recently-launched BP Rewards program is offering up to 50 bonus Qantas status credits for eligible customers.
That starts with an easy 10 status credits just for signing up for BP Rewards through the Qantas website. This also links your Qantas Frequent Flyer account to BP, allowing you to earn Qantas Points at the pump.
Then, until June 30, for every 1,000 Qantas Points you earn at BP, you'll receive 10 bonus status credits, up to a maximum of 40 status credits.
BP awards 1 Qantas Point per litre on most fuels – increased to 2 Qantas Points per litre on BP Ultimate unleaded – and 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent in-store on eligible purchases.
That makes the prospect of earning the full 50 bonus status credits unlikely for most, given the need to buy 2,000-4,000 litres of fuel over just two months or spending to a similar value in-store, but as BP Rewards is free to join, earning at least the first 10 status credits is within everyone's reach.
However, a few hundred BP stations around Australia are not participating in BP Rewards currently, with a large proportion of these in South Australia. Eligible locations can be found on this map, with the filter 'BP Rewards' applied.
Earning Qantas status credits from Woolworths Rewards
Members of Woolworths Rewards have long been able to earn Qantas Points, but the program's latest promotion adds status credits into the mix for a limited time.
Until June 30 2020, you can receive 10 bonus status credits every time your Woolworths Points convert into Qantas Points, up to a maximum of 50 status credits.
For those opted-in to earn Qantas Points, every time you notch up 2,000 Woolworths Points, these transform into 1,000 Qantas Points. Do that five times before June 30, and you can earn the maximum of 50 extra status credits.
While the normal earning rate is 1 Woolworths Reward point per $1 spent – giving you 1,000 Qantas Points, and now 10 status credits, per $2,000 spent – keep an eye out for bonus points offers that can accelerate your earning potential.
If you're not already earning Qantas Points through Woolworths Rewards, you can set this up online. Qantas Points are one of several choices on the program's 'Redemption Settings' page.
In any case, Woolworths Rewards points can be earned at Woolworths supermarkets, BWS bottle shops, Big W department stores and participating Caltex and Woolworths Caltex fuel outlets.
Unfortunately, residents of Tasmania can't participate in the Woolworths Rewards program, and so can't earn Qantas Points at those locations: or Qantas status credits under this deal.
Qantas extends existing frequent flyer status levels
Qantas' previous blanket status extension helps flyers maintain their current tier for another year, but didn't help travellers who may have been close to moving up to the next level.
That's what these BP Rewards and Woolworths Rewards promotions provide, particularly for those within a stone's throw of climbing the status ladder.
For example, a previously-active Silver frequent flyer with 690 status credits banked up – just 10 status credits shy of Gold status – would still be stuck at Silver (albeit for an extra year), with the airline's previous status extension offer.
But now, merely signing up for BP Rewards could take that member's Silver status to the next level, delivering 10 bonus status credits and getting them to Gold.
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