Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn up to 125 status credits for selected hotel bookings until 31 August 2020. This promotion includes 40 luxury hotels in Australia and New Zealand for stays up to 31 March 2021.
The number of Qantas status credits earned varies by hotel, but in general you’ll earn around 10-15 status credits for a 2-3 night stay, and 5-10 status credits for each additional night. You can find this information in the terms & conditions for each hotel offer.
Most of the hotel deals under $400 seem to come with 5 status credits, while deals costing between $400 and $650 earn 10 status credits. You’ll earn 15 or more status credits for bookings worth more than that. There is a limit of 100 status credits per hotel booking, and 125 status credits per Qantas Frequent Flyer member for the whole promotion.
As an example, the cheapest offer available is a 1-night stay at Novotel Geelong for $199, which earns 5 status credits.
The most expensive offer is for a 5-night stay in the Whitsundays for $4,840, which earns 100 status credits (and a handy 29,040 Qantas points).
Many of the participating hotels are also offering generous discounts on room rates, as well as flexible cancellation policies. In addition to status credits, you’ll also earn at least 3 Qantas points per $1 spent (or more at some hotels). You can see a full list of offers, terms & conditions and book on the dedicated Qantas Hotels website.
To earn Qantas points and status credits, you would need to book through Qantas Hotels rather than directly with the hotel. This may mean that you won’t earn hotel loyalty points or receive hotel status benefits (if applicable) when staying at a hotel that has its own loyalty program or is part of a chain.
Reduction in Points Plus Pay hotel redemption costs
As part of a range of measures announced by Qantas yesterday, including a one-off Status Boost and recurring status credit support (a.k.a. “StatusKeeper”) payments for eligible frequent flyers, Qantas has also reduced the cost of redeeming points for hotel bookings.
From yesterday, Qantas has decreased the number of points required for Points Plus Pay hotel bookings by 20% until 31 December 2020. This means that when redeeming Qantas points for hotels until the end of 2020, you’ll now get 0.718 cents worth of value per point (previously 0.6 cents per point). That’s a (temporary) improvement, but you can still get better value for your Qantas Frequent Flyer points by redeeming for flights, upgrades or even Qantas Classic Wine Rewards.
Qantas has already run a range of other promotions this year to help members earn status credits on the ground while borders are closed and fewer flights are available. As well as giving members the opportunity to earn status credits with Woolworths and BP earlier this year, there are a couple of current credit card sign-up offers that come with 75 status credits.
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