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Missing Gold SC by 10 points

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Small Fish

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I'm a silver QFF member for 3 years. My assessment is due in 2 weeks & this year I'm about to miss Gold status by 10 SC (690 SC). I have a return leg of a trip to LA after the reassessment date.

Is there a way to achieve Gold apart from going on another trip.
 

simongr

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I believe that QF only are generous to people requalifying rather than obtaining qualification.

Have you reviewed all of your SCs earned this year to make sure you arent missing any for wrong fare type etc?

I am guessing a J* rtn somewhere is out of the question?
 

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If you contact QFF - email is the best, ask them to issue Gold on the fact that you are flying in a short time after reassessment occurs, you will find they will do it. I know of at least three people who have done this, one from Silver to Gold, the others Gold to Platinum.

Good luck!!
 

Dave Noble

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Personally, I would suggest just doing the shortest flight possible and guaranteeing it. If you send them an email asking them to grant it , by the time they respond, if they decline to provide the elevation of status then you may then be too late to get the points

If you do want to try asking , I would suggest phoning and speaking to someone and seeing whether they agree rather than waiting for email responses

Dave
 

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Any flight at all will get the ten points. Sydney to Canberra and come home on the bus. Gotta be cheaper than QP membership.

I've heard of people getting requalled short of the numbers, but not for the initial qualification. Otherwise, I echo the advice given above. Check back over the past six months to see if there are any flights that weren't credited - there's usually a few slip through the cracks.
 

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While I don't always understand the fascination with "SC runs" or "mileage runs", in this case I think it'd definitely be worth it. As Skyring said - a one-way SYD-CBR trip will get you there, and if the QP is something you're likely to use, it's going to be cheaper than membership!

Personally if I was in your situation I'd go for a short flight to cement it. The QP is invaluable if doing international travel, and the 50% bonus points are always nice too. :)

Cheers,
- Febs.
 

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Febs said:
While I don't always understand the fascination with "SC runs" or "mileage runs", in this case I think it'd definitely be worth it.
Indeed, sometimes I'll take a slightly indirect routing but in general I cannot get into mileage runs but this is a case where it would seem a no brainer for taking a flight to get Gold status. Also, if the travel levels maintain, the 690SCs next year would be 90SCs more than needed to continue status for subsequent year

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Febs said:
The QP is invaluable if doing international travel, and the 50% bonus points are always nice too.
SG is better than PS and QP. The oneWorld Sapphire access gets you into more lounges OS than QP - such as The Wing in HKG - plus you get all the little perks from the higher status.
 

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I'd place a call to the QFF people, outlining your projected travel for the next year, or better still, demonstrating your bookings. My partner was able to qualify (for the first time) for Platinum without quite making the grade (10 points off).
 

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Welcome to AFF Small Fish :)

While some have posted cases where Qantas has generously allowed initial qualification when slightly short, there have also been many cases where they do not waive the rules. (Requalification on the other hand, they are far more generous with.)

So I wouldn't count on an easy ride. In your situation it would seem a small extra outlay to get Gold will be worthwhile, in fact you would get benefits almost straight away with lounge access and extra mileage on your return flight from LA.

Do you have any travel that you could rearrange slightly to get more status credits from? Eg if you are flying MEL-LAX consider MEL-SYD-LAX. Otherwise, depending on where you live you may be able to get a fairly cheap flight (and any QF flight will do) to get 10 SCs.
 

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It is a shame to miss out on Gold qualification for 10 SC's! Do not rely on QF's generosity. Sure it may have happened to a few people but this is the exception rather than the rule.

Take a short return flight from where you live, which would cost you around $200-$250. The benefits of QF Gold easily outweigh the cost involved.
 

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I don't know where you live, but I'd take the shortest flight possible to get 10 SCs. Still cheaper than Qantas Club membership!
 

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smallfish,

What have you decided to do? I do hope that you've decided to do the flight as it really is worth the cost. If it was a requalification QF would have asked you well ahead and you would have an early answer, however with an upgrade of status I believe the safe way is the only way :!:

Good luck with your choice.;)
 

simongr

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I am guessing that with 1 post in total that smallfish wasnt happy with the advice given :( I guess the forum isnt the fix to every problem ....
 

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Question. If you book a Sydney-Canberra for $115 which earns 10 status credits and just do a no show, but don't cancel, will you still earn the credits?
 

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maninblack said:
Question. If you book a Sydney-Canberra for $115 which earns 10 status credits and just do a no show, but don't cancel, will you still earn the credits?
Flights that i have no-showed for in the past earnt me precisely zero. I have wondered about cases where people have checked in but then not made it to the gate in time and been offloaded - but i suspect they also won't get anything.

JK.
 

Small Fish

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Thanks for all the replies.

To ensure that I qualify for Gold, rather that chase another unnecessary trip, I have changed my booking Bris - LA to Bris-Syd-LA in J. That should cross me over the line.

:D
 

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Small Fish said:
Thanks for all the replies.

To ensure that I qualify for Gold, rather that chase another unnecessary trip, I have changed my booking Bris - LA to Bris-Syd-LA in J. That should cross me over the line.

:D
A very good option. It also opens up the opportunity to upgrade to F if you want to waitlist.
 
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