qf-statusHaving been offered a status challenge, one member wonders if the benefits of Qantas Gold status are really worth chasing.

I’ve been offered a status challenge (200SC/90Day). Curious, my major flying days are over and I probably wouldn’t fly enough QF/One World metal to get another 600SC for next year; is it worth giving QF SG a go? For any QF SG flyers out there – What do you see as it’s major benefits? Lounge?

If you fly with Qantas often, Gold status (or above) is a bit of a “no-brainer”. Members receive lounge access when flying Qantas, Emirates, Jetstar or any oneworld airline. Other benefits across the entire oneworld network include extra luggage allowance, priority-check-in and priority baggage. With Qantas, Gold members also receive better access to flight upgrades, priority Qantas reward seats, better seats on the plane and more.

One member, who recently upgraded from Silver to Gold status, believes that the little differences all add up to a much more enjoyable overall travel experience.

From someone who does somewhere between 60-75 domestic flights a year (red e-deal’s as well), and recently jumped into the Qantas SG world, it makes all the difference from PS. Lounge Access, priority boarding/check in/security/seat access etc. means that my life is made that little bit more enjoyable. Even more so when I travel OS on OW airlines with extra baggage/lounge access (showers!) and everything else that goes with it.

For one member, not having to wait in airport queues is an especially important benefit of status.

For me lounge access, seat selection, luggage allowance and priority check-in are all important. Never want to stand in another economy check-in queue ever, especially in Asia.

But, as with any airline status, it’s only really valuable if you use it. There is little point in chasing airline status if you’re an infrequent flyer – especially if a large additional expense is required.

Do you have much flying in the future where you would use it to its fullest? If not then don’t bother doing any special flights to attain it.

Some members suggest taking lifetime status into account. Qantas offers lifetime Silver and Gold status upon reaching 7,000 and 14,000 lifetime status credits respectively. If you were getting close to reaching one of these levels, then it could be worth earning the extra status credits.

Finally, if the main benefit you’re after is lounge access, then status is not necessarily the be-all and end-all. A Qantas Club membership could be a good alternative if you don’t fly often enough to earn Gold status. Paid Qantas Club members receive access to airport lounges, as well as priority check-in counters, when flying with Qantas.

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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