Qantas launches Double Status Credits promo

Get on the fast track to yet another year of Gold, Platinum or even Platinum One frequent flyer status.

By David Flynn, March 25 2021
Qantas launches Double Status Credits promo

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.

You'll need to register for the March 2021 Double Status Credits offer at the Qantas Frequent Flyer website – but that's a doddle, and once done, you're ready to get booking.

Makes sure you register for the latest Qantas Double Status Credits offer before you book any flights.
Makes sure you register for the latest Qantas Double Status Credits offer before you book any flights.

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).

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.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 182

It will be interesting to see how many status credits are required to retain status this year....

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 886

As I understand it, if you take a mainline or regional (not Jetstar) flight before the end of your membership year, your existing status level will automatically be renewed for another year plus you will be credited with 50% of the status credits required to keep your status level for the next year.  

For someone like me who uses QF for international travel extensively but rarely flies domestically, I will take the single flight to somewhere close by and hope int'l travel comes back in the next year so I can keep my status.  

A QF P1 sent me a screenshot of their renewal and they automatically got 1800 status credits (3600 required) , so they only need 1800 status credits to maintain P1 for the following year. 

15 Feb 2013

Total posts 164

The previous offer for a status credit boost was superseded by a new offer in November. This year now you simply have to book 1 flight and status will be extended for another year, plus status credits from this year will roll over to next year (for example, for Platinum up to 500 SCs will roll over from this year to next). https://www.qantas.com/au/en/frequent-flyer/status-and-clubs/status/status-support.html?int_cam=au%3Astatus-and-clubs%3Apromotion%3Ann%3Aen%3Ann

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jan 2015

Total posts 66

I thought there was some deal where if you purchased a ticket before your membership year ended an automatic extension of a further 12 months was a given ? My year ends Dec 31st and I have purchased a couple of tickets for travel in May and June. I think it was for flyers whose membership expires between Mar 31st and Dec 31st ? 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 182

Yes there was, i meant the following year, as intl travel will still be off.  

05 Jan 2014

Total posts 27

what if you are a qantas points club member? Will you earn DSC on classic award flights which now give you SC?

12 Oct 2018

Total posts 12

Need to know this too... anyone?!

15 Feb 2013

Total posts 164

I'm wanting to know as well. The terms don't specifically exclude it - but it says flights where you "normally" earn Status Credits. So depends if they say that Points Flights don't normally earn SCs (and it's because you're a Points Club member that you're earning rather than being part of the fare inclusion) or if it's "any" time you earn SCs.

It will be interesting what if anything Virgin and REX do to counter Qantas in the double status bonus. 

I’d be using the upstairs experience if I was Virgin and REX I’m not sure what they could do to counter. Maybe 5 flights in economy gives you a business upgrade?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 May 2013

Total posts 54

Ok I have logged into my frequent flyer account. Where do I go to register?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 631

@gredgy69 - The link is include in para 4. It is highlighted in blue text.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 May 2013

Total posts 54

Thanks for that kimshep. Missed that important point.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 886

I assume this campaign is design to reignite domestic business travel which is recovering a bit slower than domestic leisure with many businesses now using Zoom/Teams as their default for remote meetings rather than interstate travel.  

Status credits are not so much of a driver for leisure travellers, most of whom will never travel anywhere near enough for status to be a thing.  For leisure travellers, price will always be the driver.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 307

Unless I know how many points are required by my anniversary next year to maintain current status this still won’t really inspire me to think ahead too much and book travel now, in all likelihood with reduced business and leisure travel I am going to be well short anyway and dropping a status level, a few double SC on a few flights won’t change that.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 886

....but taking a single flight will extend you for another year at your existing level as well as giving you half the points you need for the next.  That one-off benefit is more enticing than DSCs.  Just travelling domestically, particularly in Economy only, it is hard to clock up significant SCs anyway.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 307

My anniversary is next month, I have already taken the flight that will extend me to 2022, looking ahead in the year leading up until then I can’t see me taking enough flights to get me near the SC required to maintain current status after that. I don’t know how you calculate I get half the SC required for next year in one flight.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 886

Here is the text of the email sent to me from Qantas explaining the scheme

While travel restrictions have meant less flying for our loyal members, your ongoing support has never meant more.

That’s why we’d like to help you maintain the travel benefits you’ve earned.

Throughout the year we’ve offered members a range of support mechanisms to retain their tier including status extensions, Status Credit boosts and the ability to earn them on the ground.

Now, as travel resumes we want to make sure you continue to enjoy these benefits.

If your status is due to expire in 2021 simply book a Qantas flight, and we will extend your Frequent Flyer Gold status for a further 12 months. Plus, we’ll give you a headstart on maintaining your status beyond 2022 with the ability to rollover up to 250 eligible Status Credits into your next membership year.

All you need to do is book a Qantas operated flight (with a QF flight number) before your membership year ends, for travel before the end of 2021.*

There is no need to register or call the contact centre. Once your flight is booked we will take care of the rest. For further details visit qantas.com/statussupport.

We look forward to seeing you onboard again soon.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 886

Now I read it again, it seems you may have to earn the 250 points for them to go into the future year as a rollover rather than an automatic earn.  What is not clear is if this relates to earning in the 2021 year or the prior year.  I'll be doing my single flight in the next month so I guess I'll find out then.

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

Total posts 381

Someone got their wish!

The incentive here is to upgrade from current QFF status to next level, not necessarily to keep current status

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

Total posts 150

Interesting how they make the booking deadline end of March, when the government's half price flights offer will start on 1st Apr. Im waiting to book a return flight to Cairns, but I think I'll give the DSC a miss this time and wait for the half price ticket.  Without international travel,  its too hard to maintain Plat anyway so the DSC won't really help. 

05 May 2016

Total posts 616

It's almost certain that QF will do another DSC promo by around this time next year and quite possibly earlier especially if international travel resumes by the end of October as QF hopes.

I may make a booking or two but I'll likely only be doing trips I would have done anyway.

Next membership year I'll almost certainly look to use an international DSC promo if there is one.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Mar 2017

Total posts 37

The T's& C's mention the extra status credits take "up to" 6 weeks to arrive. My renewal date is August 1st. I am doing two trips BNE-MEL (weekend of 17/18 Jul and 31 Jul/1 Aug). I wonder if anyone knows realistically if the BONUS status credits are instant like normal status credits, or if there is a delay? I would love it if there was!! 

26 Mar 2021

Total posts 1

How does this sit with the status extension? If I book a flight now, do I get the DSCs and the 500 SCs plats get for booking a flight in my next membership year?

I'm wondering what people think would be a good status run, just to get in the mood of flying again?

05 May 2016

Total posts 616

That depends on how many SC you want to earn, what your budget is, where you are located, whether you are willing to do a positioning flight, whether you have Points Club and plenty of points available to spend etc.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2014

Total posts 106

Email I just got from qantas would suggest that they DO count towards any status challenge/accelerator programs.

For a limited time we've made this even easier with double Status Credits on eligible Qantas operated flights across Australia^. Simply register and book an eligible flight before 30 March 2021. 


15 Nov 2017

Total posts 3

Correct. Also received this email.

bmc
bmc

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Aug 2013

Total posts 172

Woohoo.  Just booked my 50 status credits QF flights.  100 SC and Qantas Gold here I come

23 Feb 2015

Total posts 272

12 months ago I would have been all over this, but honestly flying for flying’s sake seems even sillier now than it did before. Think I’ll just continue the slow slide back to LTS and if I get LTG one day without trying (currently on about 11k) then will treat it as the bonus it would be.

02 May 2017

Total posts 3

Why does the article mention - this will be especially handy when INT travel resumes then further down it states : Of course, there are a few caveats.

  • The Double Status Credits offer applies only to domestic Qantas-operated flights carrying a QF flight number

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2469

Hi Mick - the Double Status Credits promo is only for domestic flights but the ability to use that to lock down your current status or vault to an even higher tier (such as Gold to Platinum) will be handy for when international travel resumes, because that’ll then provide access to international business class and first class lounges etc.

Spy
Spy

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Aug 2016

Total posts 15

I didn't get the email  :(

05 May 2016

Total posts 616

It's not a targeted promotion. Anyone can register for this. It's open to all QANTAS Frequent Flyer members that reside in Australia.

Spy
Spy

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Aug 2016

Total posts 15

How do you register without a link in an email? There is nothing about it on the FF website as such. 

05 May 2016

Total posts 616

It was on the QANTAS home page and there was a link to the promotion in the Executive Traveller article. The promo has now ended though.

I ended up making a couple of bookings for trips I would have wanted to do anyway.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Oct 2016

Total posts 62

Based on the timing I feel like this promotion is aimed at someone like myself. I ‘dropped’ down to gold at the end of February 2020 and then had my status extended until the February of 2022 which I appreciated. However from what I understand, unlike many others commenting above, my status anniversary date falls outside the eligibility window for getting and additional year extension for booking and taking that single flight. I appreciate the 300 SCs Qantas has provided to help me ‘maintain’ my status. However I feel the promo has landed too far too early in the year to be properly compelling for someone like me who wants to climb back up to being an OWE, but like many do not have enough plans in place at this stage to justify making multiple speculative domestic bookings to get back up there. I’ll probably wait and hope there is a second DSC later in the year which may coincide with international travel opening up, but then again maybe the pent up demand for international travel or Qantas’ cash flow will be high enough by then that they won’t need to run another promo, I suppose I’ll have to take my chances.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 587

Talking to friends and family the double status bonus doesn’t really interest them or myself. Most have bucket loads of points unused 1Million plus and most would jump on a double status bonus once international travel reopens.

QF have big guns and heaps of weapons in the armoury and I think this could just be the start, one person not to mention names even suggested “what would happen if Jetstar was weaponised with QF points on every ticket”?

ngt
ngt

02 Apr 2017

Total posts 3

Is the a guide on how the flight voucher would work? For example, I'm thinking of flying somewhere to get the benefit of the DSC but can't commit to any location yet. So can I buy a voucher for say $500 and use that to book for something after 30 march but to fly in the eligible travel period and I still get DSC? Does the voucher have to cover the whole amount for it to qualify?

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 587

People are telling me there getting emails saying the Gold Challenge can be used with the Double Status Credit promo so in actual fact 50 Status Credits can get you QF Gold.

ERT
ERT

29 Mar 2021

Total posts 1

Be careful here as neither ‘Status Support Credits’ nor any status credits earned during the ‘Double Status Credits’ promotion are eligible for Status Credits Rollover – it’s only the base status credits for actual flights that will be rolled over.
I queried this with Qantas last week and received this response:
“However, the Bonus Status Credits that you will earn from the Double Status Credits promotion are to be identified as BONUS and will NOT be counted towards the rollover. As advised from the terms of the Status Credits Rollover, “Status Credits provided by Qantas as a bonus, support or gift will not count towards the rollover.” It would only be the regular / original Status Credits earned will be counted towards the rollover. “

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