Qantas has just launched its 2018 Double Status Credits promotion, and savvy travellers and Australian Business Traveller readers know what that means: a fast-track to Qantas Gold, Platinum or even Platinum One frequent flyer status.
For example, a Sydney to Hong Kong return trip in business class will scoop up 480 status credits (based on a discount fare) 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? This double serve of status credits will deliver 1200 status credits on a business class return fare, bringing you within cooee of Platinum.
So before you book that next Qantas flight, be sure you've first signed up for this special offer.
Here's the skinny on the the Red Roo's red hot Double Status Credits deal.
Qantas' 2018 Double Status Credits promotion runs for just five days, from now through to 11.59pm (AEDT) on Monday February 5, 2018.
You have to register with your Qantas Frequent Flyer account before making any bookings, or you won't earn those extra credits on that flight. Click here to go straight to the promo sign-up page and hit that big Register Now button.
Your booking – or bookings, because we know you're going to write up a few trips to take advantage of this – must also be made by 11.59pm (AEDT) on Monday February 5.
However, the travel dates for those bookings are between February 12, 2018 and January 20, 2019. Sadly, a last-minute booking made for next week won't see you earning double status credits – but then you're good to go for almost 12 months. So if you've got conferences to attend, regional offices to visit or just holidays to plan, do it now.
(And you don't have to book directly with Qantas – bookings made through travel agents will also earn double status credits.)
Only Qantas-operated flights (and with a QF flight number on your ticket) qualify for double status credits. No partner airlines such as Emirates or Oneworld, no codeshares – for 2018 it's all about Qantas.
Both domestic and international flights qualify for double status credits, although of course it's those long overseas trips which turbocharge your ascent up the status ladder. But every flight counts.
Don't confuse status credits with the status bonus – they're not the same thing.
The fine print on this Double Status Credits promotion declares that "The Status Bonus is applied to the actual Qantas Points earned when travelling in the Economy cabin. For travel in premium cabins, the Status Bonus is applied to the Flexible Economy earn rate."
However, the status bonus is just an additional serve of Qantas frequent flyer points based on your status – a Platinum will earn more points than a Gold, and Gold more than Silver, even if they're all sitting next to one another. (For the record, Platinums get an extra 100% bonus or double the points; Gold gets a 75% bonus serve of points, and Silver 50%).
This is not the same thing as status credits, which are doubled in all travel classes.
Now for the sad news. Status credits earned under the Qantas 2018 Double Status Credits promotion do not count towards the loyalty bonus which kicks in for every 500 status credits earned and offers a choice between 8,000 Qantas Points or an extra 50 status credits.
That prohibition also applies to the lofty Platinum One loyalty bonus, which is triggered at 5,000 and 7,000 status credits and gifts you a bonus 75,000 and 100,000 Qantas Points, respectively.
However, the terms and conditions don't single out the Platinum Bonus Reward which sees you offered a choice between 50,000 Qantas Points for yourself or free Qantas Gold membership for a family member or friend – so this appears to remain on the table.
Click here to register for Qantas' 2018 Double Status Credits promotion.