Wiki Discussion/Q&A on Best QF Status Run Options

Discussion in 'Qantas Frequent Flyer Program' started by markis10, Dec 20, 2011.

Best QF Status Run Options

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The Best QF Status Run Options wiki page provides a general overview of Qantas Frequent Flyer status run options so discussion can flow more easily in the thread. This wiki was created to help members who are seeking to gain status quickly, but do not know the best way to go about it.


USA

If you are already planning to be in the United States, the options for earning status there are considered by many to be the cheapest. However, if you are based in Australia you need to get yourself over there first, potentially adding significant cost. Some good threads to start your research in:


From July 2015 changes to status credit earn mean that flights over 750 miles in First continue to earn generously, however those flights under 750 miles drop to just 40 status credits.

In September 2016 there was a rumour that domestic First in the United States would soon book into Business fare codes instead of First fare codes, thereby diminishing the status credit earn by a third.

Any Seat Awards

For a period of time, it was possible to book an Any Seat Award at the value of a Classic Award, providing a significant saving in points, while still earning points and status credits. While it is still possible to use points to book Any Seat Awards, the value is no longer there. These can be booked as "Points + Pay". See this thread for a recap on how it was done.

Cathay Options in Asia

While "Simpler and Fairer" brought about a reduction in earn on Cathay Pacific services, there is still value to be had booking with them from Taipei or Columbo. As with status runs in the United States, this will require you to get yourself to these starting locations first, but so long as you book your next holiday immediately following your last flight, including stopovers, the prices can be ridiculously good value.

Domestic Value

If you are short on status credits by only a small amount, waiting for a domestic QantasLink sale can sometimes yield good value for a day of your time. A common example has been Brisbane - Rockhampton - Mackay - Rockhampton - Brisbane. If you split the flights up into 4 separate flight numbers this could earn 40 status credits and 3200 points for a sale ticket.

Comfort Seats

Taking it a step further, purchasing a comfort seat is ordinarily something you would do if you needed more space on the plane. However what most don not realise is that the extra seat not only doesn't include taxes (as the first ticket does), but also earns points and status credits like the first seat. Adding a comfort seat to a flight with higher than normal taxes can sometimes cost only 50% more, but double your value.

A Weekend in New Zealand

In the past it was possible to purchase a cheap Business class return to New Zealand on LAN, however prices have risen. It is still good value, just not as great as previously, and does require a very early start on the return leg from Auckland. A SYD-AKL-SYD round trip on LAN will earn 80 SCs.

Emirates also provides some good status run options from time to time, when they offer sales on flights from New Zealand. Available routes include Auckland-Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbame and Christchurch/Sydney. Business class regularly costs under NZD600 and earns 80 status credits, while First class can cost less than NZD900 and yields 120 status credits when booked as a Qantas codesahre with a "QF" flight number. Note that this only works for bookings originating in New Zealand.

Jetstar Value

Adding a Plus Bundle to a Jetstar flight gives you status credits and points, so adding one to a cheap Jetstar fare can give very good value. International Jetstar flights also earn at the Economy rate, while domestic Jetstar flights earn at the discount economy rate, so choosing an international flight on sale and adding a Plus Bundle can be good value too. Jetstar sometimes emails passengers a week or so out from a flight offering upgrades to Business, both with and without points/SC earn. The cost of an upgrade with business points/SC appears to be approx $400 to HNL and $250-300 to Asian destinations. Jetstar previously also offered airport upgrades that sometimes results in points/SC earn (appeared to depend on how it was processed)

JAL Class J

Japan Airlines offers domestic upgrades to Business and First for as low as ¥1,000 (about $10). However since Simpler and Fairer, domestic Business now earns at an Economy or Flexible Economy status credit rate (depending on the fare), significantly cutting off the value.

References

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  1. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

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  2. v8Statesman

    v8Statesman Established Member

    Best Status Run Options - Questions and General Discussion

    I see the AKL-TSV JASA is 3 sectors. Anyone seen or know of 3 sector domestic JASA's? Specifically PER-TSV?? I like to earn more than 280SC for 72,000 + $280 ish.
     
  3. arraitch

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    Re: Best Status Run Options - A quick overview!

    Does it have to be TSV? You can do PER-SYD/MEL-CNS return for 72K + <$300 = 320 SCs.

    I've also furrowed my brow over:

    PER-MEL-ADL-ASP-SYD-MEL-PER for 72K + ~$720 = 380 SCs

    PER-MEL-SYD-AYQ-SYD-MEL-PER for 72K + ~$770 = 400 SCs
     
  4. v8Statesman

    v8Statesman Established Member

    Re: Best Status Run Options - A quick overview!

    I know it flys in the face of a mileage run, but I have a reason to goto TSV. I've looked at PER-MEL/SYD-BNE-TSV, but all are stupidly priced :(
     
  5. arraitch

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    A reason? Now, there's a shocking admission! ;)

    Have you considered starting from a regional port? The $ (and the red-eyes) might kill it for you, but a couple of examples from a quick and dirty search:

    KGI-PER-BNE-TSV for 36K + ~$340 = 180 SCs

    ZNE-PER-BNE-TSV for 36K + ~$345 = 200 SCs
     
  6. KateMayo

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    Re: Best Status Run Options - A quick overview!

    I wanted to see the Top End in the wet season (never, never been before), so, a couple of weeks ago I took a JASA up to DRW (via a few other places :shock:) to take advantage of the double-points offer.

    MEL-BNE-DRW-BNE-TSV-BNE-DRW-SYD-MEL

    Earned 540 SCs: Cost $553.12 + 61,890 points.

    (Cost was actually 120,000 points but earned 50,110 points plus an 8000-point loyalty bonus.)

    Was upgraded at the Holiday Inn to a Harbour View Suite and had a fantastic time :D
     
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  7. scheps

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    I need to move to Townsville :)

    BTW which website do you guys book domestic US flights with?
     
  8. medhead

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    I've seen ADL-MEL-CNS-TSV as a J classic award. But haven't been able to see it for a decent JASA price. CNS-TSV is also not J. Oh and not from PER.


    Sent from my iPhone using Aust Freq Fly app so please excuse the lack of links.
     
  9. v8Statesman

    v8Statesman Established Member

    I know. I was surprised my login to AFF still worked this morning after making such a statement! ;-)

    I had not. Sometimes it's a case of "Forrest/Trees" I will look closely. Cheers.



    Sent from my Telstra iPhone using the Australian Frequent Flyer application.
     
  10. Cynicor

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    Re: Best Status Run Options - A quick overview!

    While not a status run per se I need to find the cheapest way of accruing 3 flight segments from PER, in either points or $, with only bronze status. An AONE4 for the folks will net enough SCs but they have not the segments required for plat status.

    Any suggestions? I feel YASAs will be cheapest but JASAs will be more comfortable. Also, any bright ideas for obtaining a single segment?
     
  11. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

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    Dont you need to go to NAN, with the actual NAN part in the next qualifying year?
     
  12. Cynicor

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    Unfortunately, the year is starting in march 2010, and the AONE4 is also in Masrch (~15th). So the segments need to be accrued early March, but the SCs themselves are not really required. Currently I'm thinking 2 return PER-GET trips as YASAs, around 16000 points and $144 each. Not the greatest but it gets there, with an extra segment to spare. Any advances?
     
  13. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

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    I think you missed the point, do a NAN run but a stopover in BNE before March!
     
  14. Foxxy

    Foxxy Junior Member

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    Re: Best Status Run Options - A quick overview!

    Posted this in the 'Double SC's' thread, so I may get in trouble for posting it twice, it isnt the exact same post though :)

    Anyone got any ideas on a Status Run in August? Will take advantage of the Double SC's so the run would need to earn around 300 points.

    I looked at BNE -> MEL -> AKL -> MEL -> BNE which is 120,000 points and $175:00, earns 280 SC's (560 with double SC's)

    Any other ideas?
     
  15. medhead

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    You'll probably do better if you go to TSV and DRW.


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  16. richie9x

    richie9x Active Member

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    As you're in Brisbane there is the mother of all domestic status runs BNE-xMEL-xPER-KTA-xPER-xMEL-BNE which can be had for about 110,000 points and earns 400 SCs. Which doubled will make 800 SCs. Of course you have to share the plane with the orange shirt brigade. If you time it right and take the red-eye from PER-MEL you can do the entire run in about 24 hours and won't need overnight accommodation.

    And being domestic you would have to do it in April or June to get the double SCs.
     
  17. samh004

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    That does look fun, but surely the TSV-xBNE-xDRW-xBNE-TSV run for 48,000 points yielding 280SC is better value, as you could take the flight 2 days in a row if you were particularly foolish and earn 560SC, or 1120SC in a double promotion, which is still better value (in terms of SC earned and points spent) than the single return flight to KTA :p

    Neither of which will count in August though, per the OP request.
     
  18. yohy?!

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    HKG-TPE is fairly expensive - best to use a QF Classic award one way to start you off (10,000pts+$408HKD) then for each trip you book TPE-AUS keep the last leg of the trip- HKG-TPE booked on a future date to start your next trip (book as Multi-Trip)
     
  19. richie9x

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    110,000 is the full points price so would be 72,000 at the minimum level to be comparable to the 48,000 of TSV DRW run. Purely on the points per SC basis they are very close.
    The all points price BNE KTA run is 109,548/400 is 273.8 points per SC. While TSV DRW run is 276.9 points per SC. So BNE KTA is slightly better value.

    While at the minimum points level BNE KTA is 72000/400 is 180 points per SC. While TSV DRW run is 48000/280 which is 171 points per SC. So TSV DRW is slightly better value when minimum points is used.

    They are so close it really comes down to other factors such positioning flights and accommodation. As well as how many FF points you have and how many SCs you need. Certainly if based in Brisbane then the KTA run has the benefit that you don't need a positioning flight or to pay for accommodation.
     
  20. QF WP

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    Re: Best Status Run Options - A quick overview!

    Hmmm, whilst I'm based in BNE, I'd need the 24 hour leave pass to do the KTA run....:rolleyes:
     
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