Just short of the next status tier with Qantas Frequent Flyer? If you haven’t quite flown enough in your membership year to qualify (or re-qualify) for elite status, you might consider undertaking a Qantas status run.
Status credits, which count towards your membership level with the airline, can only be earned by flying. The concept of a “status run” is to book a flight just to earn status credits. When booking a status run, the destination of the flight is rarely important… although a nice destination can make it more fun if you’re planning a weekend away! What is important is maximising the status credits earned while minimising the cost. Status runners typically aim to keep the “cost per status credit” below $5.
Do you need to earn a few more status credits before the end of your membership year? To help you on your quest for Qantas status, here are 5 of the best Qantas status runs in 2018…
1. Qantas Business Class to Noumea
You may have noticed a recent flurry of AFF members headed to New Caledonia. Some are staying a few nights in Noumea, but many are staying just an hour before flying back to Australia on the same plane! That’s because Qantas has some great Business class fares to Noumea, and it’s possible to add a bunch of domestic sectors to the ticket for minimal extra cost. A typical routing is Adelaide-Brisbane-Melbourne-Sydney-Noumea, then the same route back again. This trip normally earns 480 status credits, round-trip. But many AFFers booked during this year’s double status credits promo.
AFF member samh004 was one of the first AFFers to book a same-day return to Noumea. You can read about his experience here.
2. Jetstar Max Bundles
Jetstar’s Max Bundles are surprisingly well-priced, given they earn Qantas status credits at the higher Flexible Economy rate. It costs only $85 to add a Max Bundle to shorter domestic Jetstar flights. You’ll earn 60 status credits for a return Jetstar booking from Melbourne to Gold Coast, for example, at a cost of around $350. Note that you cannot earn points or status credits on Jetstar flights without purchasing a Bundle.
3. Domestic First class on American Airlines
The United States is arguably the home of status runs. US domestic first class service is not that great. But American Airlines First class fares on flights within the United States are generally quite reasonable. What’s more, you can easily fit three, four or even five flight sectors onto a one-way domestic ticket! Each sector earns status credits so the more flights, the better. Unfortunately these flights now “only” earn Qantas points & status credits at Business rates, but there are still some good value Qantas status runs out there. A popular trip is to Panama City.
4. Malaysia Airlines Business class from Bangkok
Malaysia Airlines has some great value Business class fares on intra-Asia flights originating from Bangkok. Good prices are also offered out of Bali from time to time. Keep an eye out for the Business class sales to destinations within Asia. As an example, a round-trip from Bangkok to Manila (via Kuala Lumpur) earns 240 status credits and can be booked for around $600 return on sale.
Beware that while intra-Asia Malaysia Airlines flights earn points & status credits at full Business class rates; flights between Australia, Malaysia and Europe earn at reduced rates in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
5. Madrid to Frankfurt in LATAM Airlines Business class
If you happen to be in Europe, there’s a neat little Qantas status run available on LATAM Airlines. LATAM operates a fifth-freedom flight from Madrid to Frankfurt. A Business seat on this route earns 60 Qantas status credits, and you’ll normally pay around $250 for the flight, one-way. As it happens, this is also one of the only flights within Europe where you’ll get a lie-flat bed and full meal service!
Want to learn more about Qantas status runs? Our members post great value status runs they’ve found on this AFF thread: Overview of Best Status Run Options
And if you have a question about Qantas status runs, you’re welcome to ask in the discussion thread: Discussion/Q&A on Best QF Status Run Options