Qantas is opening a new front on the battle against the resurgent Virgin Australia and new challenger Rex by leveraging one of the Roo's most potent weapons – its frequent flyer program – with a flash Double Status Credits promotion.
It's the first DSC deal of 2021, and it's open only until 11.59pm on March 30 – although the eligible travel can stretch all the way through to 28 February, 2022.
And even with the latest raft of status extensions, this is your key to locking in status for an additional year – especially handy for when international travel opens up through to 2022 – or vaulting to a new tier such as from Silver to Gold, Gold to Platinum, or even Platinum to Platinum One.
Of course, Qantas says there are a few caveats.
- The Double Status Credits offer applies only to domestic Qantas-operated flights carrying a QF flight number
- Those 'bonus' Status Credits do not count towards your Loyalty Bonus, Platinum Bonus Reward, Platinum One Bonus Reward or any Status Accelerator/Challenge earn requirements (note: Qantas has now clarified that the DSC promo does apply to the Qantas Status Fast Track challenge, see here for more details)
- Flight vouchers bought during this DSC period (to March 30) will earn Double Status Credits only if they're used to make a booking within the same period. "Flight Vouchers purchased but not redeemed for an eligible flight booking (for flights that are not booked or travelled within the booking or travel period dates), will not earn double Status Credits," Qantas says.
On the upside, there's no real downside to this deal: if you were thinking of making any domestic Qantas bookings anyway, you may as well carpe the DSC diem.
The offer also covers any Qantas Flight Credits which you may be sitting on due to Qantas flights cancelled during the COVID pandemic.
"Once you’ve registered for this promotion, Flight Credits redeemed for an eligible flight booking during the promotion period will earn bonus Status Credits," the airline says.
Double Status Credits applies to all fare types and travel classes, as well as to any sales which are currently running.
Without international travel there's a somewhat limited scope to making a super-sized status credits haul, but every extra credit you earn still counts towards your tally for Lifetime Silver, Lifetime Gold or Lifetime Platinum (okay, and Lifetime Platinum One, even if it'll take you a lifetime to actually get there).