Earning Status Credits Without Flying?

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  1. inpd

    inpd Member

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    Hi Again,

    I think I worked out a way to help me help QANTAS.

    I'm just 10 status credits short of a loyalty bonus that
    will put me within reach of qualifying for a free return trip
    to Australia.

    But I live in the U.S.
    Is there a way of earning status
    credits without flying?
    Now I do have to fly a short trip soon,
    so if I book it on American, is there any particular class I need
    to book with to get the status credits?

    Thanks,

    Ian
     

  2. vt01

    vt01 Member

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    American Airlines® (AA)
    GLMNSV Discount economy
    BHKY Economy
    DIJ Business
    AFP First

    Status Credits are earned on all eligible booking classes. They are based number of miles. The table can be found here.
     
  3. serfty

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    #3 serfty, Feb 18, 2007
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2007
    (As per what vt01 posted ...)

    In 99.999% of cases you MUST FLY to earn QFF SC's ... (don't even think about any other way) ...


    As per the QFF T&C's Airline Earning Table under American Airlines® any travel in the following classes will earn a mininum of 10 SC's:

    Discount Economy GLMNSV
    Economy BHKY
    Business DIJ
    First AFP

    If the class is not listed, Nada!
     
  4. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    Or just buy the extra 5000 off poitns you need ? no credit card or anything you can transfer them from ?

    E
     
  5. inpd

    inpd Member

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    On some flights QANTAS limit how much of the award can be
    obtained from purchased points. It varies depending on which direction
    your going and US to Australia is one of their cash-cows.
     
  6. serfty

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    #6 serfty, Feb 19, 2007
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    To get those 10 Status Credits the OP needs to travel on a paid flight that earns points (and hence SC's) in the Qantas Frequent flyer program. ...
     
  7. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    My reading is that the OP needs the 10 Status Credits in order to get the next 5,000 loyalty point bonus. Purchasing the 5,000 points is potentially another way to achieve this.
     
  8. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    That was the way i read it, because status credit don't get you flights as such, points do.
    E
     
  9. inpd

    inpd Member

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    Right. I need points, but I can't purchase them since in the
    U.S. QANTAS are quite strict about what proportion of an award
    can be purchased.
     
  10. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    Where are you based in the US? We migth be able to suggest a simple mileage run...
     
  11. serfty

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    #11 serfty, Feb 20, 2007
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2007
    :confused: :oops: :oops: oops.. my bad ... too much singha perhaps ... :shock:

    'tis AUD182.50 to buy 5K QFF points (possibly less in the US if can be done GST free) but that can be no more than 15% of the points required for the award. So the award points cost can not be less than 33,333.

    Look for one of those American Airlines Net SAAver Fares or similar.

    For example, I have found over a weekend in late March a return fare for USD128 (DFW-AUS-DFW)
    The two flights book into S & N class; both earn as discount WHY on QF, so that's 20SCs and an additional 1000 QFF points as well with the 500 minimum point guarantee for travel on AA.
     
  12. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    Colour me confused - if the bought points can be no more than 15% of the award points cost - wouldnt it be a minimum 33,333 rather than 3,333 points for the award? Given that the award sought is US-Oz as a baseline that is going to be way way over 33K points isnt it?

    I mileage run might be more effective as you point out. It might also get the OP close to level for teh next elite tier at QFF?
     
  13. inpd

    inpd Member

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    LAX-MEL return is 96,000 points.
     
  14. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    So if you did buy points it would be much less than the 15% max.
     
  15. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    I am sorry if I have missed something here but doesn't that mean you can purchase 14,400 points from QF website? And since you only require 5,000 points....
     
  16. serfty

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    Ok, it should be fine to purchase the 5,000pts with that trip in mind.

    Anyway, as posted, a quick return trip on AA crediting to QFF will do the trick (avoid NetSavers as they normally book in to Q class).
     
  17. Altair

    Altair Active Member

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    May be he needs 19K for the flight and can only purchase 14.4K hence the requirement for the 10SC for the loyalty bonus. As long the the flight to gain the 10SC is not too expensive then just go for it.
     
  18. inpd

    inpd Member

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    This rule does not apply in the U.S. It's much more tougher than this
    hence why I need the loyalty bonus.
     
  19. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    Have you got the specific rules? Per this link it doesnt distibguish between Oz and non-Oz.
     
  20. inpd

    inpd Member

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    Unfortunately not, which is most annoying. I already have purchased
    5000 points and it will not let me make the award. I called up QANTAS
    U.S. and they explained it was due to "not enough earned" points even
    though its well above 85% which is why I need to earn the remaining
    points. I think its a route by route rule. LAX-SYD/MEL is a very popular
    route for QF so I can see why they don't want to give seats away
    without a fight!

    Anyway, thanks for your help. I'm going to try to get a AA flight
    that gives me the loyalty bonus.

    Regards.
     
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