Qantas: free status extension to frequent flyers living outside AU, NZ

There's a full year of gratis status for Qantas Frequent Flyer members stranded overseas.

By David Flynn, August 19 2021
Qantas: free status extension to frequent flyers living outside AU, NZ

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.

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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

30 Oct 2018

Total posts 8

this is good news, thanks Qantas

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

Total posts 22

I am yet to receive any confirmation of status being extended. My anniversary date is November 1st 2021.  As I booked and flew one sector after the November 2020 announcement my status will be extended to November 2022.

With this new annoucement does that mean that if I book another flight after my anniversary date will that give me a further status extension to June 2023?

Qantas in one article have stated that if Qantas cancel any bookings made for 2021 - 2022 that you would be entitled to the extension. 

Seems to be a lot of conflicting reports about Qantas Status Extensions.

So far I have read several travel writers giving different information as to what Qantas are actually offering in particular one travel writer stated that it would be a blanket extension to June 2023 for all members.  They went on to say that just booking a flight regardless of it being a revenue ticket would automatically give you the extension.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2012

Total posts 308

Just wondering, how does Qantas confirm you are currently residing overseas? Is it from the membership mailing address?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Feb 2018

Total posts 9

Precisely this- through the member’s mailing address 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Oct 2016

Total posts 22

No sure what you mean or are referring to. Are you saying that Frequent Flyers Mailing address is used to determine if a member resides in outside of Australia or New Zealand or do you mean the members home address is used to determine if they reside outside of Australia and New Zealand?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Jun 2014

Total posts 38

Please Qantas do the same for WA frequent flyers as you are for overseas frequent flyers. Almost as difficult to fly interstate from WA as it is to fly overseas.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2011

Total posts 58

With borders closed, where do you think the rest of us can travel? At least you have a few intrastate options available to you. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Jun 2014

Total posts 38

Yes you are right, my comments are relevant to state of play before the Delta changed the situation for the non hermit states.

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17 Jan 2018

Total posts 88

What about extension of points expiry after 18 months of inactivity? Overseas members have no chance to earn miles in many countries. 


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