Qantas has launched yet another double status credits offer this week, and this time it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. Many AFF members have received the offer which applies to international Qantas flights.
This targeted double status credits offer is running until 11.59pm on Friday 19 April 2019, and covers travel booked between 20 April 2019 and 30 March 2020. However, only Qantas marketed and operated international flights are eligible to earn double status credits. Domestic flights are not eligible. In addition, the cheaper “Sale” fares are specifically excluded from this promotion. This extract from the offer terms & conditions explains which fare classes are included:
Eligible Fare Types include Economy Saver Fares (Booking Classes: G, K, L, M, S, V), Economy Flex Fares (Booking Classes: B, H, Y), Premium Economy Saver Fares (Booking Class: R), Premium Economy Flex Fares (Booking Class: W), Business Saver Fares (Booking Class: D), Business Flex Fares (Booking Classes: C, J) and First Saver and Flex Fares (Booking Classes: A, F). Any international sale fare (including Economy Sale, Premium Economy Sale, Business Sale or First Sale Fare in Booking Classes E, N, O, Q, T or I) on a Qantas operated flight with a QF flight number is not eligible for this offer.
Given that the offer is only applicable to certain fare classes, it would be helpful if Qantas actually displayed the fare class being booked on its website! Nevertheless, if you steer clear of the “sale” fares when booking, you should be covered.
This offer is targeted and is unfortunately not open to the public. If you received an email from Qantas, as many people did, make sure you register using the link provided in the email before booking. If you did not receive an offer this week, it may be that you simply were not in the target group. But you should also check to make sure you’ve opted in to receiving marketing emails and offers from Qantas Frequent Flyer.
This is the first Qantas double status credits deal we’ve seen that specifically excludes the cheaper sale fare classes. That said, there are usually very few sales running simultaneously with a public double status credit offer anyway.
Qantas’ bonus status credit offers are becoming very, very frequent
It’s only two months since Qantas’ latest public double status credits offer. And last month, Qantas was sending out targeted offers of 25-50% bonus status credits to specific destinations. Given there have been so many offers lately, and different types of offers, it seems Qantas is testing the waters to see which types of offers are most effective at generating revenue for the airline. We suspect this may be due to the February offer – which was extended beyond its original expiry date – failing to meet sales expectations.
Although many frequent flyers love the double status credit offers, we believe the offers are becoming a bit too frequent. This is not only undermining the effectiveness of the offers, but also devaluing the program for loyal, high-spending Qantas Frequent Flyer members.
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: [Targeted] DSC QF International Flights for Travel 20/4/19-30/3/20 (no sale fares)