Qantas will offer an additional free year of status to its frequent flyers living outside of Australia and New Zealand as part of the airline's latest 2021 status support package.
Under this refreshed Qantas Frequent Flyer status extension scheme, announced on August 11 2021, QFF Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members will be able to remain at their current tier for another 12 months – through to as far as mid-2023 – by booking an eligible flight prior to their membership year end, for travel until June 2022.
However, for Qantas Frequent Flyers living outside Australia and New Zealand, a Qantas spokesperson tells Executive Traveller that their status will automatically roll over for another year, in recognition of the simple reality that they can't take a Qantas flight while the airline's international services remain grounded and are now not likely to return until early-mid 2022.
The airline adopted the same approach in November 2020, alongside its first status support package which threw a valuable lifeline to frequent flyers whose wings had been clipped by Covid.
Qantas frequent flyers will be able to retain their current Silver, Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status for yet another year – through to as far as mid-2023 – as the airline rolls out its fourth status extension since the Covid pandemic struck in March 2020.
"We know how important tier status is to our members and many of them have built it up over many years of flying with us," says Qantas Loyalty Chief Executive Officer Olivia Wirth.