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 December 2023 – as the airline rolls out its fifth status extension since the Covid pandemic struck in March 2020.
However, with domestic and international travel on the uptick, the latest 'Qantas status support' program isn't a free, no-strings-attached offer – Qantas Frequent Flyer members will need to book one eligible Qantas or Jetstar flight (domestic or international) to qualify for that extra year of gratis status.
That said, a single flight to lock in your status perks for another 12 months isn't a hard ask.
"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 status extension: who qualifies?
This latest status extension is, well, an extension of the most recent offer which landed in August 2021 and applied to all Australian and New Zealand-based Qantas Frequent Flyers with a membership year ending in or before June 2022.
The qualifying membership period now stretches from July to December 2022, so booking that single eligible Qantas or Jetstar flight will see your status remain fresh through as far as December 2023 (members whose year ends between January and June 2022 remain covered by the previous status extension).
Also up for that extra year of shiny status: members who have received complimentary Gold status, or complimentary Platinum from a Platinum One member, as well as those on Status Hold.
As for Qantas Frequent Flyers living outside Australia and New Zealand, a Qantas spokesperson has confirmed to Executive Traveller their status will automatically roll over for another year – no flights required – as was the case with the August 2021 status support package.
How to lock in your Qantas status extension
One eligible Qantas or Jetstar flight is all it takes to extend your Qantas status, with 'eligible' covering the following:
- any Qantas operated flight with a QF flight number, or
- any Qantas Points-earning Jetstar international booking with a JQ flight number – including Jetstar flights within New Zealand (JQ), Jetstar Japan (GK) and Jetstar Asia (3K) flights. Note that Jetstar domestic flights within Australia are not eligible.
That flight must be booked on or after 28 February 2022, and before your current status end date of between 31 July and 31 December 2022, for travel before 31 December 2022.
Qantas status credits rollover
On top of this, frequent flyers can jump-start their 2023-2024 status through a status credits rollover initiative.
If your membership years starts between 1 August 2022 and 1 January 2023, once you've booked that eligible flight to activate your status extension you'll automatically see your status credits rolled over into the next membership year, capped at 40% of the number of s tatus credits required to retain your tier. Here's how that shakes out:
- Silver: 100 status credits rollover to 2023-2024
- Gold: 250 status credits rollover to 2023-2024
- Platinum: 500 status credits rollover to 2023-2024
- Platinum One: 1,800 status credits rollover to 2023-2024
Qantas double status credits offer
At this point in time the airline's focus appears to be on making it easier for members to retain their status by booking just one flight, and carry over up to 40% of their status credits into the next membership year, rather than sparking a rush of forward bookings to claim the full serve of status credits required to keep members at their current tier or catapult them to a higher level.
However, Qantas has been known to release double status credits offers for specific destinations, with the aim of increasing bookings to that city or country, and this still can't be ruled out.