A member is planning a large overseas trip at the end of the year and is wondering whether or not it would be worthwhile to attain silver status with Qantas before the trip.

I am 220 status credits away from Silver with a month to go in this year. I noticed that once Silver is achieved you get a 50% points bonus and was wondering if it was worthwhile to do a status credit run to get there prior to booking this holiday. Best run I found was SYD-SIN business class…. but that sure comes with a hefty price tag.

The trip i am doing in December is MEL,SYD,NAN,LAX,YKR;DFW,JAC,JFK,LHR,NRT,SYD,MEL which im hoping will get me to Gold…

There are some benefits to silver status, Qantas’ second-lowest status above base-level bronze. As well as one complimentary Qantas Club pass, silver members receive complimentary seat selection on all Qantas flights, priority check-in and 50% more frequent flyer points earned flying, among other benefits.

Qantas silver status is also equivalent to oneworld ruby status, which is recognised across all oneworld member airlines including American Airlines, British Airways and Japan Airlines. This offers some benefits, including priority check-in, security and boarding when flying American Airlines. However the benefits vary between airlines and are largely minimal. Apart from the single Qantas Club pass, lounge access is not a benefit of silver/ruby status.

The general consensus among our members is that while gaining status is useful, in this case the cost of gaining 220 status credits – not an insignificant amount – to gain silver status is not worth the expense.

220 Status Credits is a very long way away from silver.
I cannot think of any Status Credit run that would be financially worthwhile at all.

Instead of spending a significant outlay to reach silver status, it is suggested to purchase a Qantas Club membership, or better if travelling a lot on Qantas or American Airlines within a short period, to buy a 30 day American Airlines lounge pass. These currently cost USD$99 and are good for access into any Qantas Club or Admirals Club lounge during a 30 day period.

one idea … If in the US flying AA then go buy a 30 day lounge pass before you depart. Would be better value IMHO.
I can’t tell which carriers you are using for each leg.
You’ll also then get access in other ports subject to your carriers.

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