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Book a flight and Extend Current status to 2022

Matt_01

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This bit below is what confuses me, most likely cause I am not native speaker. To me it reads as if each member needs its separate booking on their name (plus of course qff numbers attached). Let me know
I think you are reading into this to much. All travellers are are ticketed individually which is different to the main PNR be it a single, multiple (travellers) or linked PNRs, the ticket has the travellers name and FF number and IME just works. The QF T's and C's are often just a copy and paste from another promotion.
 

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I like TTR's points yes.

Is VA in a position to seriously take advantage of this? Hard to say. Could they (Velocity/VA) convince their new masters to front up for the effort looking to the longer term in an uncertain financial and future demand environment? tricky. Tempting but who knows... Plus VA is not looking that attractive to many as a place to go in the medium term I suspect - even more so with EY shrinking now and who knows what other VA partners may fall away (or conversely who they may gain...)

However forgetting VA for the moment.... my real concern with this latest promotion - thinking from the point of view of QF not the lucky members - is only ONE flight? I mean one booking only has to be one one way flight after all. Somehow this does not make commercial sense to me and reeks of desperation. And we know they are. We know they want revenue more than anything yes, and they want to retain their "loyal" customers by virtue of the status chains to give them that revenue.. but why the heck not make it more bookings to make?

Honestly would many AFF members seriously have been too upset if it was four bookings for example? Or even a tiered approach based on current status? I mean I can book a red-e MEL-SYD and retain P1 for a year? Madness seemingly. After all as TTR noted just get that status locked away for another year and take business elsewhere could be an option for some.

I am not too sure though how many of the membership apart from niche "players" like this forum's membership would bother to play the games and all... certainly most of the membership, if advised, will take advantage (who wouldn't?) but probably not think too much about it... I mean if they were going to defer to QR or VA or whatever airline.. they would have done so anyway but probably not only based on what QF does or doesn't do. Most people don't care that much about so many things... so perhaps we need to keep that in mind when contemplating the decisions of members as a whole rather than those who follow with such a keen interest.

I don't know... seems to me that this is a GREAT promotion for us but pretty crappy for QF's bottom line.

I do note the rollover SC's being an incentive to yes fly more over the next membership year and that is probably the smartest part of this whole thing because there is incentive (for those who bother to delve into the complex promotion)...

This whole covid situation worldwide with such an unexpected worldwide drop in demand and such critical times for travel companies and their loyalty companies - mostly airline, hotel but obviously also cruising and others... it is fascinating to view the ways different companies are (continuing to) approach retention of members through their programs and I am sure many lessons can be learned in hindsight.

Just last week UA launched their 2021 deal. Theirs is a mix but is very clearly designed to encourage revenue by flying - yes lowered requalifications, and a StatusBoost too make it far easier to retain status, but it still requires your bum in a seat (seats) paying real money to get there, and obviously is tied with one's status tier (unlike QF)... which seems more sensible (and simpler) from that point of view.

Others have gone their own way.

it's an ever changing landscape. Honestly today's announcement took me by surprise a bit as I figured we would see the StatusBoost and STatusKeeper type program continue, but they have decided on a different direction now.

Time will tell how it goes.

I hope that we can and do fly over the next 12-18 months and beyond.. both for our sakes but obviously also QF.

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thinking from the point of view of QF not the lucky members - is only ONE flight? I mean one booking only has to be one one way flight after all. Somehow this does not make commercial sense to me and reeks of desperation. And we know they are. We know they want revenue more than anything yes, and they want to retain their "loyal" customers by virtue of the status chains to give them that revenue.. but why the heck not make it more bookings to make?

There's probably some psychological reasons at play with making it just one flight.

I think the points made earlier on in the thread about trying to normalise the idea of flying again and to whet everyone's appetites is valid. I mean, who could resist: "only one flight and I get to keep my status for an extra year... how could I not?"

Suddenly I've booked a return flight with 2 sectors. Then after I've been to the airport, I think "hey, flying in COVID-normal isn't so bad after all, and I really missed this..."
 

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... who could resist: "only one flight and I get to keep my status for an extra year... how could I not?"

Suddenly I've booked a return flight with 2 sectors. Then after I've been to the airport, I think "hey, flying in COVID-normal isn't so bad after all, and I really missed this..."
Yes, definitely glass-half-full for those of us who like this offer in order to retain status.
 

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I was hoping that I could use the DSC Opt-in for the Travel Pass to help accrue SC that would then roll-over. However in the T&C’s for the Travel pass it states “Bonus Status Credits will be credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer accounts up to six weeks after travel.”

I see in the terms and conditions it talks about Bonus Status Credit’s being ineligible for rollover - so I guess I cannot double dip, then roll these over again for renewal for 23?
 
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I see in the terms and conditions it talks about Bonus Status Credit’s being ineligible for rollover - so I guess I cannot double dip, then roll these over again for renewal for 23?

That does seem to be the case. Could you hold onto your travel pass for use on flights after your 2022 renewal date? That combined with booking all your travel as classic awards in the interim is probably the most optimal solution, if feasible.
 

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That does seem to be the case. Could you hold onto your travel pass for use on flights after your 2022 renewal date? That combined with booking all your travel as classic awards in the interim is probably the most optimal solution, if feasible.

Yes. They are worth holding over for flying after the 22 Date. Can book flights that are flown until late 23

The classic awards, with Points Club SC should roll over as I think these are earnt?

The Points Club+ Status credit rollover SC I would argue as earnt? Or are these a bonus?
 

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I don't know... seems to me that this is a GREAT promotion for us but pretty crappy for QF's bottom line
Maybe Qantas are looking for a very short term revenue boot.

Perhaps their bottom line is getting precarious.

Is my life time SG in danger?
 

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Just read from Executive Traveller that overseas residents are going to get an extra 12 months free without having to fly, so you guys have it easier than us!
I am very grateful to be getting the free extension, but do think it is a little unfair on those based in Aus and NZ. Perhaps to be fair they should have offered an extension for a fee to those outside roughly equivalent to the cost of booking a cheap flight e.g. $50 plus 8000 Qantas Points or $150.
 

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I'm stunned. It's a ridiculously generous promotion, surely the best of the new announcements (i.e. for 2021 qualification) so far. One el cheapo flight and you're done. I would think this will be all over the blogs.

The rollover special is key, I think. Without that, there'd be no incentive for members not to do the one flight then credit to another program (once upon a time that was AAnother program).

Speaking of confusion, this concerns me:
Eligible members who reside in Australia or New Zealand who are unable to achieve the Status Credits needed to retain their status will receive a 12-month status extension provided that before the end of their current Membership Year, they simply make at least one new eligible booking for travel before the end of 2021 [my emphasis].

By that wording, people with a 30 November expiry have a week to make their booking.
 

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I'm stunned. It's a ridiculously generous promotion, surely the best of the new announcements (i.e. for 2021 qualification) so far. One el cheapo flight and you're done. I would think this will be all over the blogs.

The rollover special is key, I think. Without that, there'd be no incentive for members not to do the one flight then credit to another program (once upon a time that was AAnother program).

Speaking of confusion, this concerns me:


By that wording, people with a 30 November expiry have a week to make their booking.
Qantas gives a table at the following link


One for claiming auto extension

Your status end date:You need to make at least one Qantas booking between:Your status extension will be activated by Qantas:
31 March 202123 November 2020 and 31 March 2021Late March 2021
30 April 202123 November 2020 and 30 April 2021Late April 20221
31 May 202123 November 2020 and 31 May 2021Late May 2021
30 June 202123 November 2020 and 30 June 2021Late June 2021
31 July 202123 November 2020 and 31 July 2021Late July 2021
31 August 202123 November 2020 and 31 August 2021Late August 2021
30 September 202123 November 2020 and 30 September 2021Late September 2021
31 October 202123 November 2020 and 31 October 2021Late October 2021
30 November 202123 November 2020 and 30 November 2021Late November 2021
31 December 202123 November 2020 and 31 December 2021Late December 2021

And one for SC rollover

Your status end date:Status Credit earn period that will contribute to rollover:When Status Credit rollover will be processed to accounts:
31 March 20211 April 2020 through to 31 March 2021Early April 2021
30 April 20211 May 2020 through to 30 April 2021Early May 2021
31 May 20211 June 2020 through to 31 May 2021Early June 2021
30 June 20211 July 2020 through to 30 June 2021Early July 2021
31 July 20211 August 2020 through to 31 July 2021Early August 2021
31 August 20211 September 2020 through to 31 August 2021Early September 2021
30 September 20211 October 2020 through to 30 September 2021Early October 2021
31 October 20211 November 2020 through to 31 October 2021Early November 2021
30 November 20211 December 2020 through to 30 November 2021Early December 2021
31 December 20211 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021Early January 2022
 

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It's on the Qantas International site: link
This is great news for overseas based flyers however the wording isn't crystal clear..

What new status support is Qantas providing?
Eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers who reside outside of Australia or New Zealand who have a status end date between March 2021 and December 2021 (inclusive) and unable to achieve the Status Credits needed to retain their status, will receive a 12-month status extension extension.

There is no reference to the 4 squiggle requirement although I'm hoping its implicitly not required as part of the status extension.

Who is eligible for the Status Extension?
Qantas will extend the status for Qantas Frequent Flyer members who reside outside of Australia or New Zealand who:
  • hold Platinum One, Platinum, Gold or Silver status and have not been able to earn the required Status Credits to retain their status; and
  • have a status end date between 31 March 2021 and 31 December 2021 (inclusive).

Having attained the SC to renew WP for another year but without any squiggles I'm crossing my fingers I'll be extended.
 

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And that first covidsafe flight’s SC will kickstart (rollover) for the renewal for 2023.

As it stands I believe:
Membership ending Jan/Feb 2022 get the 50% boost
Membership ending Mar-Dec 2022 get the upto 40-50% cap (depending on tier) rollover of SC earned in the membership year ending 2021

The rollover SC is only for new bookings (on or after 23 November 2020) and excludes JQ domestic in Australia.
 

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There is no reference to the 4 squiggle requirement although I'm hoping its implicitly not required as part of the status extension.

The 4 ~ would imply they have to fly QF to renew, which at that point you would wonder why they wouldn't bundle you into the same promo as AU/NZ.

Shame its not where currently located, my parents both are in the UK and so can't fly QF but have their address here for ease of use
 

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  • Must make one new booking between 23 November 2020 and member’s current status end date. Travel before 31 December 2021. Bookings made prior to 23 November are explicitly not eligible.

I assume this means gift vouchers purchased before 23 November but redeemed afterwards probably won't be eligible. As the PNR creation date will be before 23 November.
 

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I assume this means gift vouchers purchased before 23 November but redeemed afterwards probably won't be eligible. As the PNR creation date will be before 23 November.
That's my understanding as well. Shame, as I have four gift vouchers I need to (eventually) use.

On a related note, what's the difference between gift vouchers and "Qantas gift cards"? The latter is mentioned an eligible form of payment for new flight bookings for the purpose of this extension.
 

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