Got your eye on Gold, Platinum or even Platinum One frequent flyer status? Working to close the gap to Lifetime Silver or Lifetime Gold? Qantas is about to help you jumpstart that journey with another of its double status credits offers.
The flash promotion went live overnight and will run for just five days, through to next Tuesday August 14, but covers flights booked through to August 2019.
That's plenty of time to make the flights you need to get the status you deserve – and with it, 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.
For example, a return business class trip from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore or Hong Kong will get you at least 480 status credits (based on a discount fare) when booked under this promotion.
A business trip to Los Angeles will land 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.
Here's the rundown on how to score a double serve of status credits and pocket that shiny status card sooner.
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.
However, our advice is to register after 10am EST today, August 8 – this corresponds to midnight GMT, and due to a quirk in the Qantas system, some frequent flyers who registered before 10am EST in previous promotions have had difficulty claiming their double status credits. So cool your heels and click later, not sooner.
Book your Qantas flights by 11.59pm EST, Tuesday August 14, 2018: 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 August 21, 2018 through to August 8, 2019: that's almost 12 months' 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.
No changes allowed: as is par for the double status credit course, changing that booking – such as changing the date of travel or even shifting to a different flight on the same day – can negate the double status credits bonus. So once you lock down those future flights, if you're counting on those extra status credits your best approach is to consider them set in stone and make no changes to them.
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 rules out partners such as Emirates and Oneworld, even if your flight has a QF number, because the flight itself is not operated by Qantas.
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.
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.
No Federal Government travel: in a new addition to Qantas' boilerplate terms & conditions for double status credits deals, the airline specifically notes "this offer is not available to you if you are travelling for Commonwealth purposes."
No travel vouchers: some savvy frequent flyers cottoned onto a trick of buying Qantas travel vouchers during a double status credits promotion, then using these to book a trip later in the year – with that trip earning extra status credits because the travel voucher 'inherited' the double status credits attribute when it was purchased. But as with Federal Government travel, the terms & conditions now declare that "flight gift vouchers purchased but not redeemed for an eligible flight booking during the promotion period will not earn double Qantas Points."
So you just booked a flight: should you cancel and rebook to earn double status credits? That will depend on the cancellation fees and the number of extra status credits you'll earn. Facing low or no cancellation fees on a business class fare from a Sydney-London trip, where you stand to earn upwards of 1,180 status credits during this promotion? Rebook!