Qantas' Targeted Bonus Status Credit OffersQantas’ double status credit offers are extremely popular among AFF members looking for a shortcut to earning or retaining Qantas status. Status credits are used to determine your membership level in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. So earning bonus status credits means you can achieve a higher status by taking fewer flights.

Qantas has run three public “double status credit” offers so far this year, with the most recent being just last month. But from time to time, Qantas also sends personalised, targeted bonus status credit offers to individual members. Typically, these offers will be for 50% bonus status credits.

It’s not known exactly what triggers these targeted bonus status credit offers. But, if the recent experience of AFF member fifo is anything to go by, they’re not a coincidence. This member recently spent several hours searching for flights form the United States to Sydney. The next morning, fifo received an offer of 50% bonus status credits on Qantas flights to Sydney. The offer was valid for the next 7 days.

Looking at USA to SYD options one way and return, probably did 10 to 15 searches in an hour on QF, CX and AA over two hours on same device from varying airports, SFO, LAX, DFW, JFK, always to SYD. Next am, get a bonus 50% QF SC offer, if I book a flight to SYD in next 7 days.

It can’t be a coincidence I spent a few hrs the day before researching flights, logged into QF, on QF, CX, and AA. I also used the QF SC calc to work out how many SC i would earn from varying combinations.

As it happens, this particular deal was only valid for travel up to March 2019. As fifo was searching for flights in the second half of 2019, they weren’t able to take up the offer.

We don’t know exactly what triggers these targeted bonus status credit offers. But we do know that Qantas tracks your use of its website if you’re logged into your frequent flyer account. This information is then used for marketing purposes. This could include the provision of 50% bonus status credit offers.

We know this because it is clearly stated in Qantas’ privacy policy. Here are a few excerpts from this policy:

We may collect logs of your use of qantas.com while you have logged in. This information may include date and time of visit, membership number, membership status, surname, location and actions, for example, pages viewed, and pages submitted.

We may use this information we collect when members are logged in and using qantas.com to monitor the use of, and improve, the information and functions on qantas.com. We may also use the information to understand your preferences and provide you with information about our products and services and our partners’ products and services which we think may interest you.

We use your personal information to personalise the way we provide and market enhanced benefits, products and services to you.  We aim to enhance the way you use our programs and clubs by understanding your preferences, interests and hobbies.

So, if you’re planning to book some Qantas flights, and you’re hankering for some extra status credits, it probably wouldn’t hurt to log in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account when searching on the Qantas website. Also, make sure you’ve opted in to receiving marketing emails from Qantas Frequent Flyer.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Browsing QF flights to SYD for next year, 50% bonus SC offer next day

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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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