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Qantas is offering valuable status credits when flying on 'classic award' bookings in economy, premium economy and business class through to March next year, but only to selected travellers.
The number of status credits up for grabs also doesn’t align with what you’d usually earn. On domestic hops, travel in economy earns at the ‘discount economy’ rate, while business class flights credit as ‘flexible economy’ rather than ‘business’.
International flights, on the other hand, all earn at the same ‘economy’ rate – whether actually flying in economy, premium economy or business class.
In practical terms, travellers jetting between Sydney and Melbourne on a classic award could earn 10 status credits sitting in economy, or 20 status credits at the pointy end.
London-bound flyers would earn 95 status credits in each direction regardless of their seat number – unless booked on a classic award in first class. As first class award seats aren’t included in the deal, these passengers would earn the usual 0 status credits.
The fine print
To be in with a shot, you’ll need to have redeemed your points between September 26 and October 20 2014 for domestic travel between October 1 2014 and January 31 2015 – or if you’re heading overseas, international flights taken in November 2014 plus February and March in 2015 also qualify.
You’ll also need to click the custom registration link you’ve received from Qantas if you’ve been chosen – but even if you haven’t been, you may be able to mooch off a family member when travelling together.
While Qantas Points can only be redeemed by members for their own travel or that of their family, when one eligible and registered Qantas Frequent Flyer number is attached to a classic award booking made under this promotion, the system will award status credits to all travellers on that same booking.
(If you don’t have enough points in a single frequent flyer account to book your seats all on the same ticket, combine your collective points into one balance by transferring them for free and then redeem them in one transaction.)
There’s no limit to the number of classic award bookings you can make during the promotion, although you’ll need to be travelling on a QF flight number.
As award bookings made with Qantas’ partners can only be reserved on that airline’s own flight number – such as EK for Emirates and FJ for Fiji Airways – you won’t earn status credits unless you’re actually flying with Qantas.
Frequent flyers have been unable to earn status credits on award flights since the axing of ‘marginal’ Any Seat Awards in July this year.
These now-extinct tickets allowed Qantas Frequent Flyer members to fork out the same number of points for a flight as a regular classic award but with a slightly higher co-pay, and served up both points and status credits when completing the travel.
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