Qantas Double Status Credits offer for New Zealand flights

That quick NZ getaway could now land you anywhere from 100 to 340 Status Credits.

By David Flynn, May 10 2021
Qantas Double Status Credits offer for New Zealand flights

Qantas is hoping to spike demand for flights to New Zealand by tempting travellers with an offer for Double Status Credits, with a bonus 5,000 Qantas Points thrown in for good measure.

While bookings under the trans-Tasman bubble got off to a predictably roaring start when quarantine-free flights commenced on April 19, recent weeks have reportedly seen a marked slump in passenger numbers, resulting in some scheduled flights being dialled back while others have been downgraded from the large Airbus A330 to the smaller Boeing 737.

Also read: ‘Travel bubble’ flight review – Qantas business class, Sydney-Auckland

Now Qantas is dangling a Double Status Credits promotion to lure frequent flyers across the pond and put some bounce back into the bubble.

Bookings must be made between May 10 and May 15 2021, but cover travel from May 17 2021 through to February 28, 2022: an generous window which kicks off with the forthcoming ski season and winter school holidays but extends all the way to the summer holidays.

The standard Status Credits earn rates for one-way Qantas flights from the east coast to New Zealand average around 25 Status Credits in economy and 85 Status Credits in business class, so the typical haul from a Double Status Credits return trip will range from 100 to 340 Status Credits.

Also on the table are an extra 5,000 Qantas Points, which is around twice the usual number of points (based on the rates for a Gold-grade frequent flyer booked on a standard economy fare).

To take advantage of the Double Status Credits and bonus Qantas Points offer, travellers must first register via this link by 11.59pm EST on Saturday May 15, and then book any Qantas-operated flight carrying a QF flight number (this rules out Jetstar flights, for example) to or from New Zealand from May 17 2021 to  February 28 2022.

Also read: Qantas slashes Qantas Club membership joining cost, lifts renewal fees

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.

10 May 2021

Total posts 1

As a data point, I booked flights from Melbourne to Queenstown on Friday for July. $506 return.

Looking at flight prices this morning for the same sectors, QF is now charging $740; so I'm going to assume the loyalty and revenue management folks are doing quite a good job of coordinating a better yield during these promos...

20 Oct 2015

Total posts 160

Yes, the Business Sale fares to NZ all seem to have gone and been replaced by this DSC offer. I think the Qantas loyalty and revenue management teams have learned from that time a few years ago when there was a DSC offer and at the same time Qantas put Noumea business class on sale, resulting in a fantastic status run opportunity, I heard somebody say that QF crew on the SYD-NOU route said there were 'status runners' on every flight for months afterwards!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 488

Gee I wish Qantas would be more generous on the booking window - 5 days is tough if you're wanting to forward book work related trips

20 Oct 2015

Total posts 160

Ah, but then Qantas couldn't take advantage of the FOMO factor as people rush to book. Anyway, for some people there's always the option to book a trip a few months in advance and then build client meetings etc around that.

Ok fine. I will go to NZ.

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 594

Far be it from Qantas to do something nice and offer this at least overlapping by a day or two with sale fares if they really wanted to get people in the air. Always bitter sweet Qantas offerings.

20 Oct 2015

Total posts 160

Well, Qantas is a business not a charity, but I agree that overlapping last week's NZ business class sale with a DSC offer would have probably goosed those AU-NZ booking a bit more.

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 594

Agree re business not charity, however, we are not in normal times. How sweet it could have been for Qantas. 

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Aug 2018

Total posts 87

That is all and well, but given these uncertain times with premiers loving sudden lockdowns and the fact that we have been there and who wants to go to the South Island in winter? I reckon we have done out bit with 8 domestic bookings with them this year, I still would love to depart to OS as soon as we can....pending a second shot of the vaccine

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Dec 2011

Total posts 13

As an aside, this promotion is overlapping with the current sale promotion for flights ex AU. I just booked a round trip to Cairns in J for $1,000 NZD - as a Platinum, that will net me 11,000 Qantas Points + 5,000 bonus under this promotion, and 360 status credits. Woot! I have never been to Cairns before, and this is the 'longest' functioning international flight with Qantas right now.


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