Supercharge your status with Qantas' double status credits promo

Qantas' double status credits offer is extended for one more day, so book now to avoid missing out again.

By David Flynn , February 20 2020
Supercharge your status with Qantas' double status credits promo

The first Qantas 'double status credits' promotion of 2020 has landed, which means your status is set to take off – whether you're looking to lock away Gold, Platinum or even Platinum One for the coming year.

The promotion runs from Thursday 20 February to Wednesday 26 February, and now covers almost a full year of travel from Friday 28 February 2020 all the way through to Sunday 14 February 2021.

Your next business trip could be twice as rewarding.
Your next business trip could be twice as rewarding.

So if you're about to book a domestic or international Qantas flight, hold fire until you register for this double status credits deal – and if you've got some not-quite-fleshed out plans for business travel in the months ahead, take some time to firm them up so you can take advantage of the promotion.

For example, flying from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore or Hong Kong on a return business class ticket can scoop up at least 480 status credits when booked under this promo.

That business trip to Los Angeles will net you between 720 and 760 status credits, based on your fare type – enough to catapult your way straight to Qantas Gold status from a standing start.

Bound for London or New York? This double serve of status credits will deliver at least 1,120 status credits on a business class return fare, bringing you within coo-ee of Platinum on its own.

Our visual guide to some high-earning double status credit routes in 2020.. [Click or tap the image to enlarge it]
Our visual guide to some high-earning double status credit routes in 2020.
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The Qantas double status credits offer is the fast way to unlock useful perks such as lounge access, a higher checked luggage allowance, priority check-in and boarding, bonus Qantas points every time you fly, a better chance of scoring upgrades and plenty more besides. Here's what you need to know.

You need to register: before you do anything else, you have to head to the Qantas Double Status Credits promotion web page and click the Register Now button at the foot of the page to ensure that your Qantas Frequent Flyer number is flagged for earning that double status serve.

Be sure to sign-in and register before you start booking flights.
Be sure to sign-in and register before you start booking flights.

Domestic and international Qantas flights qualify for double status credits: of course, it's those long overseas trips which turbocharge your ascent up the status ladder. But every flight counts – even those Sydney-Melbourne hops will nudge you forward at least 40 status credits each time.

Only Qantas-operated flights with a QF flight number are valid: you'll earn that double helping of status credits only on a Qantas jet carrying a QF flight number (both domestic and international flights are allowed). This includes QantasLink, but not Jetstar – and it also rules out partners such as Emirates and Air France/KLM, even if your booking is made under a codeshare QF number because the flight itself is not operated by Qantas.

Book your Qantas flights by 11.59pm AEDT, Wednesday 26 February: this is the cut-off for this week's double status credits offer. The clock's ticking, so sit down and plan ahead. Read our guide to making the most of a Qantas 'double status credits' promotion for some expert advice on mapping out your strategy, which starts with setting your status goals.

Travel dates stretch from Friday 28 February 2020 through to Sunday 14 February 2021: this unprecedented deal covers almost a year's worth of flying, making this a great time to look ahead and book business trips (and holidays). It's especially useful for trips which are based around fixed events such as conferences and expos, along with any quarterly visits to clients and overseas offices. Oh, and you don't have to book directly with Qantas – bookings made through travel agents and other online agents will also earn double status credits as long as you have registered for the promo.

No loyalty bonus: the bonus status credits earned from this promotion don't count towards the Loyalty Bonus awarded at every 500 status credits, nor will they trigger the Platinum Bonus Reward at 2,400 status credits or the Platinum One Bonus Rewards if you manage to hit 5,000 or 7,000 status credits. The standard status credits haul of your flights will count towards those, but not the 100% extra status credits earned during this promotion.

No status challenge shortcut: the terms & conditions also declare that bonus status credits won't count towards  "Status Accelerator/Challenge earn requirements". This is a reference to the otherwise little-talked-about Qantas Tier Accelerator, which sets the status match bar to a very low 200 status credits for Gold and 400 status credits for Platinum.

Also read: How to make the most of a Qantas 'double status credits' promotion

Additional reporting by Brandon Loo

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.

01 Aug 2018

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Booked QF CBR-LDN return last night... first world problem of course.

31 Mar 2014

Total posts 334

You are flying to Lamidanda Airport in Nepal?

01 Aug 2018

Total posts 3

One person's LDN may be in Nepal, another's might be London.

We generally encourage readers to avoid using industry-type abbreviations here, as this isn't an airline 'industry' site. This helps ensure all people reading can understand and contribute to the conversation, and avoids any confusion when the abbreviations used differ from the norm.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Aug 2014

Total posts 113

You should be able to cancel for free inside the first 24 hours. Call them to cancel and re book tonight.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Nov 2016

Total posts 134

Yep agree. Booked a good size domestic trip last night and then rang Qantas and they gave ma full refund and I made another booking.

Qantas

22 Oct 2012

Total posts 281

You can cancel or change on the SAME DAY as you've booked without fees Not the first 24 hours. A good reason to book early in the day, rather than the end of the day after you've had a few drinks.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Nov 2016

Total posts 134

I did get a very good customer care agent who gave me full refund this afternoon and worked through this whilst I booked the same flight after registering for the double SC.

Lmc
Lmc

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Nov 2018

Total posts 72

Ahhh just booked my holidays last weekend.... pity!

Still a great offer and these promotions dont come very often now.

11 Apr 2018

Total posts 16

Its a great offer but when I went school Feb 28 ,2020 to Feb 14, 2021 was not "more than a years worth of flying" :)

10 Jul 2018

Total posts 118

That's my bad – helping David write this up when it was still dark in WA! Fixed :)

11 Apr 2018

Total posts 16

Not sure why original post was truncated but in it I then added “ only mention it because travelling to USA in Feb 2021 from Feb 8 -27th “ so pity it isn't the full year :(

Double SC is great but it comes at a big, big cost. Pre-promo BNE-SIN-KUL was around $1,500 each way discounted business. Now it is over $2k. So that is $1,000 extra on return trip. Being SME, we will wait until the price comes back down.

Not surprising really is it ? This is typical Qantas style, pretending to be "giving" something but in actual fact just loading up on the price of fares. Some say "it's business" but as far as I'm concerned it's deceitful marketing and just shows contempt for the customer. Qantas are masters of this.

11 Apr 2018

Total posts 16

DSC suits a certain group as you say . Even if the promotion covered my flights at present they would cost about $5000 Bne-NYC return in PE whereas on sale closer to about $3500 . Not sure extra 250 SCs are worth that as not really a frequent flyer to take full advantage of Gold FF the extra SCs may bump me too

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Oct 2016

Total posts 61

How come i don't have an email offer about it?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 477

It's a general offer to all FF's. Go to the Qantas homepage...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Oct 2016

Total posts 61

Sure. But I don't spend every day buzzing onto the qf home page...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 477

Sure, but you're buzzing in here and you've been given some advice on how to register... what am I missing?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Oct 2016

Total posts 61

I believe that this may have been asked in the forums before but my anniversary falls on the 1st of march but I am thinking about taking up a trip on the 29th to get me over the line to retain my platinum status. The bonus status credits I require would fall in the new status year, would they be back-dated to apply to the previous year or would I be 'stuck' with them in the new year?

Qantas - P1 Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2013

Total posts 43

I'm fairly sure the status credits (and any bonus) are credited to the date the flights were taken on. So, if you took a flight before the anniversary date, the status credits would be credited to the year before your anniversary. It get tricky if the flight spans the anniversary. I would guess the status credits are credited at the end if the flight.

OMG, just purchased 3 sets of tickets in business class, via Cathay, before 20 February 2020!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 477

This was buried deep in the article:

Only Qantas-operated flights with a QF flight number are valid: you'll earn that double helping of status credits only on a Qantas jet carrying a QF flight number (both domestic and international flights are allowed). This includes QantasLink, but not Jetstar – and it also rules out partners such as Emirates and Air France/KLM, even if your booking is made under a codeshare QF number because the flight itself is not operated by Qantas.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

Total posts 149

I registered for the offer but never got the confirmation email. I went back and did the registration again just in case but still no confirmation email, in fact I didn't even get the original promo email. How do I know if my registration has gone through? Meanwhile, my colleague got the promo email, registered and got the confirmation email straight away.

05 May 2016

Total posts 585

Check your spam/junk email.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Feb 2015

Total posts 149

Did that not there

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 264

Same here , says email has been sent but I didn't receive it, I just took a screenshot of the confirmation just in case.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jan 2015

Total posts 74

Booked HBA-SYD-AKL-SYD-HBA for $1300 via AMEX in J for Queen's Birthday, not bad for 480 SC! Though the positioning flights SYD-MEL-HBA-SYD was around $300... 60SC in Y at least.

21 Feb 2020

Total posts 1

I have a flight or a conference in Sep-20 in the US. But right now not sure if will have more meetings on either side. Does anyone know if you were to book but then change both flight dates at a later date - whether the double SC would accrue?

Qantas

22 Oct 2012

Total posts 281

Yes, you can change dates for the usual change fees, so long as the travel is within the limits of the DSC offer.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jan 2015

Total posts 74

Should be ok. The T&Cs says "Full or part travel of an itinerary is eligible only if you book (regardless of payment date) and travel within the promotional dates. If you cancel your initial qualifying booking or change it to be outside of the eligible travel period, this bonus offer will not apply."

I've had changes (date & route) before and the bonus SCs still credited as usual.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 965

The lack of confirmation email seems to be an issue more broadly. I may give it a day before booking just in case or I suppose I could call to confirm.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 965

The suggestion from the call centre was to take screen shot where it says a confirmatory email has been sent. They also noted on my account that I called about it. So it should work

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Jun 2017

Total posts 42

Would this still count with the Amex travel credit?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jan 2015

Total posts 74

Yup. "Flights can be booked via the Qantas website, a travel agent or Qantas Contact Centres. Fees and charges may apply."

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 May 2019

Total posts 3

Booked a decent amount of business trips 15+ using the DSCs last night, had been awaiting the offer so came at a good time

06 Sep 2019

Total posts 8

Bit of a shame that I booked my business class flights to Europe last week.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Nov 2019

Total posts 40

Hi all

Would anyone know if you retain bonus status credit eligibility if you change your flight dates from existing booking, same class (business saver) and pay the $400 fee?

Thank you

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 965

Veto tgat is fine as long as it is still in the promo period.

18 Nov 2015

Total posts 121

Here's a comparison on fares:

London Heathrow to Sydney in November, Qantas business class: $AUD$8,400.

Stockholm to Sydney in November, Qatar business class (far superior in all respects): $AUD:$2,870. And then add on say AUD$250 return from London Heathrow to Stockholm and it's a total of AUD$3,120. That's a saving of 63% versus flying with Qantas.

London Heathrow to Sydney in November, Qatar business class: AUD$4,218 -- a saving of 50%.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 965

Traveller I am not sure what your point is beyond that Qatar has fewer corporate accounts than qantas. You most probably will find the same with Malaysian. They don't have the corporate accounts so have to attract smaller businesses, with lower fares; common sense really for both Qantas and Qatar, and Qantas maybe managing yields better.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 965

I just made some bookings Canberra to Geneva: a huge difference in prices based on day of the week (Monday is cheapest coming back) and whether it is Emirates code shares or not (EK cheapest). Yield computers work hard on a price with the highest marginal return. If Qatar was being a problem then qantas yield computers would drop the price.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Nov 2019

Total posts 40

As we all know Joyce pumps up the prices for DSC, I booked Melbourne to Auckland business class ten days ago, with a targeted 50% SC offer, for $937 return, same flight price the first day of DSC is now $1947, what a sham. How they get away with this gouging is ridiculous, I know it's 'market' driven but some poor soul will pay this inflated price just for the DSC.

Bring on Silk Air Australian domestic, the sooner the better.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2014

Total posts 7

If a fare class is sold out, the next available fare for that date will be more expensive. Joyce doesn't sit in front of a computer and whacks prices for a promo. I booked J to London for the same price as prior to DSC. Now for the same dates prices are dearer as I bought the last fare in that class. For other dates cheaper fares are still available.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Nov 2019

Total posts 40

My example Same Flights Same Fare Class thank you for your input anyway, prices are adjusted by Alan on his yacht on the harbour with his bottle of Bolly.

04 Dec 2013

Total posts 138

Would have been good if Qantas' website wasn't down for hours last night when I was trying to book! :-(

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2016

Total posts 24

Same @Rufusl ! 8 attempts and even locked out in payment page when it did “work” - guessing they extended it by the day extra due major complaints! Hope you got your booking

09 Apr 2017

Total posts 9

I had the same problem Rufus1.

Constantly getting error messages and having to start again. Not being able to book a multi city ticket at the Flex level - conference dates may change - only the 'lowest fare' would register, anything else got the booking dumped, again. Obviously the call centre was being slammed, I gave up after an hour and a half on hold.

And finally when I got a version of my booking to stick - but without the stop-over I had planned - the computer got stuck on my payment for unknown reasons. Belatedly decided to do the pay-later option to try to boot the booking through, but by then, Cinderella had lost her slipper and the horses were back to mice :-)

I presume that as my my booking didn't go through until just after midnight I won't be getting the double status credits.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jan 2017

Total posts 4

Great except even after they extended the offer by a day you still can't book a flight on the last day of promo travel period. You can only book flights up to 353 days in advance. And guess what... 14 Feb 2021 is 354 days away! Guess someone can't count!

09 Apr 2017

Total posts 9

Huh, I didn't know the offer was extended. When did they do that? As per my earlier message here, I thought I had missed the boat.

Especially as I even saw the countdown clock on the landing page ticking down each time I had to start again. to the point it was maxed out to just hyphens rather than numbers at the end, just after midnight when I checked back.

Guess I will get the status credits, I will have to see about the stop-over now...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2016

Total posts 24

Thanks David for the update herein to know the promo was extended for an additional day to yesterday 26th.... like many comments above I didn't get the email, but thanks to this subscription I saw it was on.

However also struggled with website crashing over 8 times and even in payment page once it actually allowed me to select routes and finalise, it died.... and cut off - I even called Conceirge Platinum1 and chairmans line (partner is chairmans club) NO CALLS answered for nearly an hour! Gave up!

Finally at 11:40pm on 25th got my tickets locked in for a small holiday. I know there are a lot of comments here on routes for best Status credits; but we find the route to Bali ( the good parts of Bali *judgemental sigh* ) to be the best!! Business class is very much the same price all year round at roughly Melb-Bali DPN $950-$1050 max OR vis SYDNEY to benefit on A330 for return leg with on lie flat bed (albeit 5.5hours) with overnight flight to be the best (however as mentioned by comments above the price surge was insane! Return leg was anywhere from $1600-$2500plus! Which is never the case!) however:

Luckily on 8th attempt we got it to a decent Mel-DPN Bali via Syd a330 and Bali-Melb via Syd for each $2500 return pp. As for the best part and benefit with this promo is - it's 340 status credits and double promo is now a total of: 680 status credits.

Calculations:

You can as FYI do the 737 Melb-Bali then Bali-Melb 737 (not via SYDNEY) and get for $1900 pp making your 340Satus Credits turn to 640SC- therefore total cost per Status Credit $2.9 per 1 status credit- which is far more cost effective than any route we have seen!

Compared to eg; Melb to HKG which is Longer! And earns a measly 240SC on sale or saver business class return and cost is $3800 pp = 480SC double promo @ $7.9 per 1 status credit

Unless... does anyone kindly know if there's another route which is better “value per SC” .... it Would be most helpful..... ? Thanks team

I make platinum to P1; every year through work travels and personal but some years when travel drops this bonus helps keep a health balance and lifetime status credits (unless T&Cs say they don't count to that goal)

Thanks for your newsletter again! I wouldn't have know this was on otherwise!


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