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  1. mgalbraith

    mgalbraith Junior Member

    Dec 12, 2005
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    HI All,

    I'm currently QC Silver and am 255 status credits away from getting gold. I need to do it by 31 Aug this year.

    Is it worth getting the gold, i fly internationally occasionally. Whats the best way to do it by 31 Aug?
     

  2. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    If you don't fly internationally much then not much additional benefit for QF Gold over QC Silver - certainly not compared to a likely cost of $2000 if you need to do a status run.

    Do you have any travel between now and then that you could tweak to get more SCs out of? If you only needed to do a SC run for a much smaller amount to get to gold then it may become worthwhile.
     
  3. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    If you already have QC access then the cost to reach Gold in my opinion is not worth it.

    Don't know where you live so I am guessing Sydney. To get 255 status credits would require a minimum of $2000 and that is doing 3 SYD-CBR-SYD business class runs giving 240 SC's and a return SYD-CBR/BNE/MEL for 20SC's. These are the best and least time consuming that I can think of in getting you to Gold.
     
  4. acampbel

    acampbel Member

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    #4 acampbel, Jul 2, 2006
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    Yes .... $2000 and your valuable time just to get some virtual horatio from the FA when you board (plus admittedly a better spot in the queue for upgrades/waitlists/etc) seems a poor return.

    As a QC member myself I see little point in even worrying about maintaining Silver. I've scraped through some years (with a bit of help from Qantas) and it would be disappointing to see Bronze on the boarding pass, but it's all a bit Onanistic isn't it?
     
  5. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    I agree with the others. The biggest benefit of being a Gold FF is the free QC access. Given that you already have paid QC access, there is little to gain. The rest of the benefits (in my experience) amount to nothing.
     
  6. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    Unless you're flying with CX or other OneWorld airlines where Qantas Club isn't an acceptable lounge access card. The other benefit I really think is worthwhile from Sapphire is the Business check-in queue access. I've seen some horror check-in lines at airports...
     
  7. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    Mal - oops! I forgot about those two things because I always travel J for international.

    Bypassing economy checkin queues anywhere is a worthwhile benefit.
     
  8. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    I think you get this benefit from QF Silver status as well, but yes thoroughly worth it.

    I remember waiting in cattle class queue in BKK once for 2.5 hours. Both BA and QF use the same check-in counters and fly within 1/2 hour of each other. There must have been 250 people in that queue, it snaked it's way around almost to the checked luggage x-ray machine where there was another queue forming to join the check-in queue.
     
  9. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    Oops. yes indeed! I still think there are benefits to Gold which make it more worthwhile than silver - even for a Qantas Clubber.
     
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