Reaching Platinum frequent flyer status with Qantas or Virgin Australia is a desirable goal in itself, but many travellers are unaware of the additional higher-than-Platinum perks available as your status credits continue to accrue.
It takes 1,400 status credits in a single membership year to earn your Platinum card with Qantas (and 1,200 each year to keep that shiny card in your pocket or purse).
But if you keep flying and reach the 2,400 status credit milestone you'll be offered a choice between
- a bonus 50,000 Qantas Points
- free Gold membership for a family member or friend
- three complimentary Qantas Valet Parking or Chauffeured Transfer invitations
Most flyers will ignore the third option and weigh up a selfish serve of points versus sharing the gratis Gold status.
50,000 points isn't to be sneezed at: it's almost enough for an upgrade from business class to first class on Qantas' flagship Sydney-London or Melbourne-London Airbus A380 routes.
But a free upgrade to Gold for your partner, family member or friend makes a pretty good present, with gifted Gold memberships running for at least 12 months.
Of course, the next level up on the status ladder is Platinum One which includes partner Platinum status.
If you're in the Virgin Australia camp, Velocity Platinum status is yours with 1,000 status credits in a 12-month period (and a lower threshold of 800 status credits in the following year to keep the card).
With another 500 status credits you can claim a 'companion' Gold card, which like the Qantas Frequent Flyer offer provides Gold-plated benefits such as lounge access, priority check-in and boarding plus a higher checked luggage allowance, along with a bonus serve of frequent flyer points on each flight.
(Velocity Gold also has some unique perks such as free Gold-grade status with Hilton HHonors or IHG Rewards Club.)
Tuck another 500 status credits under your belt and that companion card is elevated to Velocity Platinum status.
Check out the AusBT 'unofficial' status guides
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold
- Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver
- Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum
- Virgin Australia Velocity Gold
- Virgin Australia Velocity Silver
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