QC Membership + Status Question

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  1. Ari Gold

    Ari Gold Active Member

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    First time poster / long time reader.

    I've just made the wonderful invesment of Life Membership for the Qantas Club and have received my kit in the mail today.

    My question is that I'm about to achieve Silver status; does this mean I get a new silver FF card?

    Cheers
     

  2. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    You will get a Silver card, bag tags, lots of propaganda and a complimentary Qantas Club single use pass.

    Basically keep that card if travelling overseas or with other airlines in OneWorld. For all intents and purposes your Qantas Club card overides the Silver card when flying Qantas or British Airways.

    It is also handy to use when flying American Airlines for lounge access as per the Qantas Club rules.

    The Silver card can be used with other OneWorld airlines for priority check-in (where offered to OneWorld Ruby cardholders.). It should also be used for checking into other OneWorld airlines.
     
  3. Ari Gold

    Ari Gold Active Member

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    Thanks for your help Mal.

    I'm only 22 so hopefully the Lifetime Membership will be a good investment for a PS flyer.
     
  4. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    I did a similar thing when a few years ago (30 now) and have got good value. (Given up until maybe this year when i may make gold i have only ever been bronze/silver)
    Too many discount economy flights to make gold !

    You will get a new silver card but its an QFF card and not a club card but will still register on there systems as a club member, and no tags for bags, You dont get them as a QP (Qantas Pub) member until you get to gold.

    But you still do get the comp pass.

    Evan
     
  5. justinbrett

    justinbrett Active Member

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    I just got my silver renewal kit (which is basically a letter and a complimentary pass). I'm also already a QP member, so I just wait until I need to get somebody else in when I'm not travelling - or a third person and I don't feel like sneaking them in.

    A bit pointless on QF's behalf because I'm just about to get gold - they sent out the silver kit 3 months before my year is up.

    I didn't bother for life membership as I have awesome corporate rates - and as I progress in my career I will be flying more and more. I don't expect to lose gold once I get it, at least not in the near future.

    As for benifits of silver vs QP - more chance of an upgrade (and don't say it doesn't happen to silver because it happened to me) and the free pass. Plus also the oneworld recognition, but that will only benifit certain people.

    I think they should make your QP years line up with your FF years - and then have separate cards for QP bronze and QP silver (and gold and plat will use FF cards). I always wondered what I was supposed to do with the second card - I very rarely carry my FF card. (and you don't really need either, as long as you know your number).

    I've actually been wondering today why you are supposed to show both your boarding pass and your card when entering the club- when your boarding pass already says "Qantas Club xxxx" on the service details. It's a bit pointless showing your card, since it wouldn't print on your boarding pass if your membership isn't up to date. It's such a pain when you're in a rush and carrying stuff to be going through your wallet.
     
  6. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    Sometimes they ask to see the card, but usually they just scan the boarding pass (SYD,MEL,SIN,NRT i have visited most recently).

    I guess maybe i shouldn't have paid QP but whats done is done, and it was lifetime anyway so regardless of status i will still get access.
    And i still think i have had good value over the years :)

    Evan
     
  7. justinbrett

    justinbrett Active Member

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    Scan the boarding pass? not once have they scanned mine - I didn't even think they had scanners.

    If you are entering another airlines club I can understand - but travelling on QF and in the QP, I don't see the point.
     
  8. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    for domestic (Australian) lounges, most of the time the staffers really don't care. Just flash the card (or boarding pass with your status on it) and you should be right. You might get stopped and have them scan the card to ensure you are flying that day, but shouldn't be a drama.

    International lounges are different. Every person entering has their BP scanned. This is mainly for chargeback reasons when elites from other airlines enter.
     
  9. justinbrett

    justinbrett Active Member

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    Ah, makes sense. Darwin and Adelaide clubs must operate as a domestic club even though they serve both (only int clubs I've been to).

    What about your one guest travelling with you? How does that work?
     
  10. serfty

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    Their BP gets scanned as well.
     
  11. acampbel

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    I've posted this before, but on a return flight from Darwin last year the DD insisted on seeing my boarding pass and it was a good thing she did. I had somehow been checked in as Arthur Campbell and she had to reprint the boarding pass (much better seat funnily enough!).

    I don't know if Arthur scammed his way into the QC using my boarding pass, but good luck to him if he did.

    Also many years ago I was refused access to a partner lounge because I wasn't carrying my Silver FF card - the QC card didn't appear on the pictures of acceptable cards. Now I always carry both.


    Cheers,


    Andrew
     
  12. kanebullen

    kanebullen Newbie

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    Am I missing something here - a Silver Qantas FF card won't get you into any partner lounges will it? (Ie, if the QC card wasn't on their list of acceptable cards, then why would the silver FF one be?)

    Cheers

    Kane
     
  13. NM

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    It would have many years ago before they added the Platinum level. At that time, Gold and Silver members also received Qantas Club membership as part of the benefits, just as Gold and Platinum members do now. I expect the experience notes was several years ago.
     
  14. serfty

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    Back when I joined in 1994 there was only GOLD, SILVER & BLUE.

    There was a distance based Qualification for these levels, but as at that time I qualified with segments I can only confidently quote on those.

    For Blue, it was 20 within your year and you received a Domestic upgrade certificate; these were actually printed on Paper and mailed to you. With one of these, you could upgrade for any continuous journey across Oz. i.e. Y to J, J to F, e.g. CNS-MEL-PER (within the one booking).

    For Silver, it was 50 segments and you received two more Domestic upgrade certificates and a QP invitation (undated - no expiry date).

    For Gold, you were top level with 80 segments, two more upgrade certs and complimentary QP access.

    In the late 90's this changed. By implementing the use of fare based "Tier Credits", Gold became a lot harder to attain. As a SOP, QP access was afforded to Silver. After 18 month of extension to my Gold Status I was eventually demoted to Silver.

    In September 2001 this changed with the introduction of Platinum (aka WP), this was afforded to existing Gold members, Silver members became Gold (SG), Blue members became Silver (PS) and & Bronze (NB) became the status of anyone else.

    AT the same time, "Tier Credits" were renamed "Status Credits" and earning levels adjusted. One's existing Lifetime Tier Credits were converted to Status Credit on a 1/1 basis.
     
  15. Flashback

    Flashback Senior Member

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    I'm suprised you still received your silver card/baggage tags, and please correct me if I'm wrong - but when I signed up for my QC Life a few months ago, I read somewhere (can't find it now, typical!) that once you're QC, if you then become silver status they won't send out a new card or baggage tags. YMMV. I made silver just recently, and was told a kit is being sent out.. so I guess I'll see what happens :)
     
  16. Flashback

    Flashback Senior Member

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    Ok, I may have misunderstood.

    So maybe it's just the baggage tags you don't get, you still do receive a new membership card though.
     
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