I have been a QFF since 1994. Some years I have exceeded Gold status credits and fallen short of Platinum. These disappear completely. This year I put a case in writing for continued Gold Status ( Just short) based on loyalty, excess status credits, projected travel on the basis that I exclusively fly Qantas domestically (never flown Virgin. Tiger or even Jetstar). I have even converted some of my client paid travel to Qantas!. They did call me to reject my submission. In fact I felt they were quite rude in refusal and I said really I was being treated similar as a newcomer not loyal since 1994 and they confirmed that was the case due to "airline hardship". Therefore talk of complimentary Gold status for one year to me is dreaming. I even stated that "business hardship" could cause me to use other airlines for the first time and they seemed OK with that. Still I think Qantas are great and my #1 but their arrogance will force me to use economical airlines domestically in the iterim and the other Q (Qatar) for International as clients reckon they are superlative. They offered me a Qantas Club for $470 per annum which isn't value if you are not flying with them domestically and using Business Class on Qatar which has impressive club lounges/services. Not flown Qantas once since my yearly start date.