Warks said:This may deserve its own thread but what the hey...
When chasing Status Credits we all know it's best to fly say, SYD-BNE-TSV rather than SYD-TSV direct. However, sometimes when you look up a flight for say SYD-DRW it says (one stop) on the schedule but doesn't actually say the stop. I did this flight and landed in Alice Springs some years back. SCs weren't in then so I don't know if it has an effect. I assume if the flight number doesn't change you don't get two separate lots of SCs.
Correct. A transit stop with no change in flight number is no better than a non-stop in terms of SCs.
If you have a stopover you get the extra SCs. For example, let's say you are doing a round the world flight, and flying on QF 1 from SYD to LHR. This flight transits in BKK. If you make BKK a stopover rather than a transit stop (i.e. stay in BKK at least 24 hours) you will get the SYD-BKK SCs plus the BKK-LHR SCs. If you just transit you only get the SYD-LHR SCs.
A rule of thumb is that if you have separate boarding passes you get separate SCs, but if you have only one boarding pass you only get one lot of SCs. (Can't think of a situation where this is not true, but I'm prepared to stand corrected.)
Another example is DRW-CNS which I did last week and avoided a flight which also said (one stop) - I discovered that was Gove. Again I assume that had I taken that flight I would not have gained any additional SCs. But if I had booked DRW-Gove and Gove-CNS - even stopping for 20 minutes or whatever - would I have got the extra SCs? Fare would probably have been more as to do that I might have had to book two tickets. Dunno I'm no expert.
Separate tickets with separate boarding passes will give extra SCs, but they are going to be really expensive SCs!