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.
Qantas was among the first airlines in the world to announce an outright status extension for frequent flyers, in March 2020, with additional status retention measures in July and November 2020.
However, the coronavirus has continued to clip the wings of the estimated 14 million Qantas Frequent Flyer members.
Under the airline's latest 'status support' offer, all Australian and New Zealand-based Qantas Frequent Flyers with a membership year ending in or before June 2022 will be able to maintain their status for 12 more months by booking an eligible flight prior to their membership year end, for travel until June 2022.
Once the offer is activated, Qantas Frequent Flyer will also roll over eligible Status Credits that members earned this year into their new membership year.
For Qantas Frequent Flyers living outside Australia and New Zealand, Qantas says their status will automatically roll over for another year, in recognition of the simple reality that they can't take a Qantas flight.
Extended lockdowns and border closures have cast a shadow on domestic travel, plunging Qantas' capacity to less than 40% of pre-Covid levels and knee-capping a recovery which had seen capacity soar to 90% of pre-Covid levels at the start of July.
The airline also faces the reality that the bulk of its international flights aren't likely to resume until the second half of 2022, and it's on those long-distance business class flights that travellers at Qantas' Platinum and Platinum One tiers typically chalk up the bulk of their necessary status credits.