Qantas Frequent Flyer has just launched a brand new double status credits offer! Until Tuesday 25 February 2020, you can earn double Qantas status credits when booking any Qantas flight worldwide.
Update: Due to a major Qantas website meltdown on the evening of 25 February, Qantas has extended this offer for bookings made until 26 February 2020.
All flights that are operated and marketed by Qantas (i.e. flights on a Qantas aircraft with a “QF” flight number) are eligible to earn double status credits, for travel between 28 February 2020 and 14 February 2021.
To participate in this promotion, you must register on the Qantas website. After activating the offer, simply enter your Qantas Frequent Flyer number when booking an eligible Qantas flight.
You can make as many bookings as you like to take advantage of this offer. So, it’s a great opportunity to earn Qantas status – or maintain your current tier – with just half of the usual amount of flying on Qantas.
You’ll need 300 status credits to earn Qantas Silver status, 700 status credits for Gold or 1,400 status credits in a single membership year to soar to the heights of Platinum status. To earn any status level with Qantas, you must also take at least 4 Qantas or Jetstar marketed flights annually.
Qantas also offers Platinum One status if you earn 3,600 status credits in one year, with a minimum of 2,700 status credits from Qantas or Jetstar flights.
According to the offer terms & conditions, the bonus status credits could take 6 weeks after travelling to post to your account. Note that flights operated by Oneworld and partner airlines, including codeshare flights with a “QF” flight number, are not eligible to earn double status credits.
If you’re thinking about booking a status run to take advantage of this promotion, be sure to read our guide to the best Qantas double status credit runs.
A return to Qantas double status credit offers?
In September last year, we predicted that it was unlikely Qantas would release any more public Double Status Credits offers for the foreseeable future. While these offers provide a short-term revenue boost for Qantas, they become less effective – and could cause long-term harm to the airline – if they’re too frequent. Back when Qantas was running 2-3 Double Status Credits promotions per year, customers became so used to these offers that they’d actively avoid booking flights when there was no offer.
In recent times, Qantas has favoured more personalised bonus status credit offers, rather than promotions that were open to the general public. This allows the airline to better target the offers to customers whose purchasing decisions could be influenced directly by getting an offer – rather than simply making it easier for loyal, rusted-on Platinum One members to re-qualify when they would have done so anyway.
The last public Qantas double status credits offer was almost exactly one year ago. That offer was less generous than the current one, as it covered a shorter travel period. By comparison, Virgin Australia last offered double Velocity status credits in November 2019.
So, why are double status credits making a comeback now?
Qantas says that demand for domestic and international travel is currently weak. This is especially a problem to some Asian destinations, where demand is being significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Qantas today announced a range of additional flight cancellations and service reductions in response to the weakened demand. But it is also introducing a range of measures to try to stimulate travel demand. This double status credits promotion, the airline says, is one of those special measures.
Desperate times call for desperate measures! And this offer will likely give Qantas’ forward bookings a much-needed one-off boost. But we wouldn’t count on these promotions making a permanent comeback. So if you’d benefit from double Qantas status credits, book now to make the most of this offer!
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Global Qantas Double Status Credits Offer (Book 20-25 Feb 2020; Fly: 28 Feb 2020-14 Feb 2021)