180 Status Credits

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  1. mgalbraith

    mgalbraith Junior Member

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    Hi All, I'm 180 status credits away from getting Gold and need to do it buy 31Aug, what is the best way to do it?

    Thanks
     

  2. NM

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    There are a few things that will help people provide suggestions to you:
    • Where are you located?
    • How much time do you have to travel? (weekends only, no overnight stops etc)
    • Do you want the minimum cost, minimum segments, minimum time to earn 180 SCs?
    • Are you available for international travel (ie have a passport etc)?
    • Is there anywhere in particular you want to go?
     
  3. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    QF has some very good domestic specials from all major cities until Wednesday night. Not sure whether you can still keep the cost below $1300 for the required 180SC's.

    If I wasn't overseas I would be booking some of these myself.
     
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Business class SYD-MEL via CBR can be done for a smidgen under $500 for 80 SCs, so r/t for about $1000 gets 160SCs.

    Dave
     
  5. Soundguy

    Soundguy Member

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    You could consider buying an empty seat too; this may work out a cheaper method to get extra SC's than a more expensive class.
     
  6. Ikara

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    Guys & Gals,

    With the greatest respect and without prejudice.

    I've watched posts on this site for some time now, and I have to buy into this one! Why on God's green earth are people willing to pay (possibly $1000) for Gold Status???? Yes, I'm coming from a "position of strength" - been WP for the last 6 years.;) I'm clearly missing something with the Silver/Gold/Platinum status thing! Is it really only ego or are there benefits that I'm missing out on?:confused: If WG gets you access to the QP then go buy it - it'll be cheaper than what has been suggested. Besides, Qantas and it's subsidiaries (QP etc) don't really get a super positive rating in some of the replies that I've read, so if QF is so bad why pay for a doubtful priviledge?

    Happy to be criticised - and I'm sure I will be. Let the discussion begin!:D
     
  7. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    The question posed was how he could do it, not whether it was worth it.

    If the person is currently silver and can get gold for about $1000 and maintains a similar or slightly higher travel level, then his renewal level next year would be 600 (vs the 700 to initially attain ). Needing <= 80SCs ( which would be the renewal level ) could be worth trying to attain.

    Gold status (OW Sapphire) does have more benefits than QP membership in that Sapphire status provides for better lounge access rights.

    Personally, I am not into taking flights just to get status credits and wouldnt do it myself, but then again, I have been Platinum for about the last 6 years too

    Dave
     
  8. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    Isnt there also the benefit of additional FF points if you are gold? So if this person is expecting to maintain the same level of travle next year - they are going to increase their FF points 50% for the year - that might be worth it?
     
  9. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    I wouldn't have thought that someone doing a level of travel to get 500SCs is likely to get a huge value worth of extra FF miles from the extra 25% bonus tbh.
    Dave
     
  10. NM

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    Would I spend $1000 just to get the next level of status - no way. But if someone else wants to do it, then I'll offer suggestions.

    However, I did spend more than that once to upgrade a work trip to the LOTFAP from the economy fare my employer was covering to travel in business class. Of course I found the cheapest possible way to get into business class (based on knowledge learned from FF forums). And of course that also ensured that I requalified for Platinum FF status for the next year. So my "investment" was two-fold - comfort during my travels and retaining FF status.

    And of course in my case the extra I paid was tax deductible (it was 100% for business) and my per-diem allowance paid during the trip was sufficient to cover the extra airfare (while eating really cheap for 3 weeks).

    So horses for courses. But thankfully for me QF has been generous in re-qualifying people who don't quite reach the required re-qualification mark so I have not needed to spend money to retain status in other years. But they don't comp people who just fall short. So would I spend $100 to get from Silver to Gold? Maybe. Would I spend $200? possibly. Would I spend $500? No. Other people have their own pain threshold.
     
  11. Maca44

    Maca44 Established Member

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    This is slightly off topic, but I don't travel anywhere near enough to gain any status other than bronze and so I would not pay $1000 to get higher status. I would have about 6 domestic trips per annum and 1 overseas trip every 18 months, all for holidays so I pay and they are not a business deduction. In saying that, many years ago when I joined the QP as Life Member I immediately thought it was a stupid thing to do. (I think it was about $900 at that time) However, I now regard it as a good investment and have the benefit of lounge access, check in etc. So, as NM indicates horses for courses, and as I don't think I will attain sufficient lifetime status credits to benefit me in the future I consider this was money well spent for "me". Likewise, others might consider $1000 a good investment to get status benefits such as lounge access, upgrades etc.
     
  12. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Did someone mention pain? :rolleyes:
     
  13. gaia

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    US$510 AKL-SYD return 160 SCs.

    US$245 AKL-SYD oneway 80 SCs.
     
  14. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Gaia that is a great return for $/SC but assuming that mgalbraith lives somewhere in Australia the cost would still be well over $1000 as he/she would still need to get AUS-AKL-AUS to utilise the above special LAN business class airfare.
     
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