Qantas First Lounge, Sydney
The Qantas First Lounge, which recently reopened, is a welcome haven for frequent flyers. Photo: Qantas.

Chris Gibbs has been a long-term Qantas Platinum One and lifetime Platinum member ever since both tiers were created. Now sitting on 106,500 lifetime Qantas status credits, this Australian Frequent Flyer member has certainly done his fair share of frequent flying!

In Episode 73 of the AFF on Air podcast, Matt chats to Chris to find out what kind of flying he’s been doing to earn so many status credits, and discuss some of the more memorable travel experiences and lessons learned along the way.

Chris says that Qantas has looked after him extremely well during his many travels over the years and he’s become a huge advocate for the airline and its staff. But there is one change he would like the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to make.

In this interview, Chris also reflects on how the pandemic and closed borders has impacted his business and personal life, and why he believes face-to-face business meetings are still crucially important in the era of video conferencing and Zoom meetings.

Qantas lifetime Platinum member Chris Gibbs
Chris Gibbs.

Also in this podcast, Matt shares his experience of flying into Sydney from overseas during the first week of quarantine-free travel resuming. Plus, find out which travel insurers are currently providing international COVID-19 travel insurance and what is (and isn’t) covered!


Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 73: “Qantas Lifetime Platinum Status”

You can also view the episode notes. If you’d like to discuss this episode, ask Matt a question or suggest a topic for a future episode, you can join the discussion on the AFF on Air Discussion thread.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]


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Bob Larkin

I just arrived back in Mel from Bkk using points plus via Qantas/one world. What a disaster, initially it booked my wife and I on Emirates Bkk-HKG then Cathay HKG -MEL. After accepting the booking and deducting cash from my credit card the booking disappeared. After spending a total of 17hrs and 9 emails trying to contact QF. I gave up and was resigned to paying and coming back with SG at full price. Then 10 days later the cash reappeared back on my credit card. So after I bit of investigating I determined that the Bkk HKG flight was… Read more »