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Qantas has launched another double status credits promotion, which means that savvy travellers who move fast can gain a valuable status shortcut to Platinum or Gold, or lock in their frequent flyer status for another year.
The promotion runs from October 11 through to October 16 2018, and covers travel between October 23 2018 and June 30 2019.
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, make some time to firm them up so you can take advantage of the promotion.
It's worth doing, because a 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.
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 rules out partners such as Emirates, Air France and from November KLM, even if your booking is made under a QF number, because the flight itself is not operated by Qantas.
Book your Qantas flights by 11.59pm EST, Tuesday October 16, 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 October 23, 2018 through to June 30, 2019: that's almost eight 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 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.