While you can’t earn Status Credits with a new Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card right now, a previous trial suggests this option isn't out of the question in the future.
Qantas Status Credits are your ticket to more frequent flyer perks, including more points on eligible flights, lounge access, extra baggage and priority check-in and boarding. Usually, eligible flights are the only way to earn Status Credits and reach a higher status tier. However, there have previously been some credit cards that offered Status Credits as part of a trial program. Use this guide to find out more about this trial, as well as how you can now earn more status towards Silver, Gold or Platinum membership.
What was the Qantas Credit Card Status Credits trial?
This was an invitation-only Qantas Frequent Flyer trial that ran from 28 November 2016 to 31 May 2018. The exclusive trial was only available if you received an email invitation and applied for either the Macquarie Black Card with Qantas Rewards or the Westpac Altitude Black Credit Card with Qantas Points before 28 February 2017.
If you were one of the selected members of the trial (and your card application was approved), you could collect 1 Credit Card Status Credit for every 400 Qantas Points earned on eligible purchases made with the credit card between 12:01am on 28 November 2016 and 11:59pm on 31 May 2018. Eligible purchases excluded any bonus Qantas Points awarded to you for taking out the credit card, as well as following the eligible card's terms and conditions around earning Qantas Points. The number of Credit Card Status Credits you could earn during the trial was also limited, with a specific amount outlined in your email invitation.
Can I still earn Qantas Status Credits with a credit card?
At this stage, there are no credit cards that offer Qantas Status Credits. But as a point of reference, some of the requirements for previous offers included:
- Promotional period. Bonus Status Credit offers have only ever been available for a limited time. So there are no credit cards that earn Status Credits on an ongoing basis.
- New customers only. Introductory offers like the Qantas Status Credits Trial are generally only available if you’re applying for an eligible credit card as a new customer.
- Meet the spending requirements. This could be a specific type of purchase or a set dollar amount. For example, you might be offered Status Credits if you use your card to pay for a return Qantas flight within the first few months, or you could collect them by spending, say, $12,000 in the first year you have the card.
- Provide your Qantas membership number. To collect Status Credits with a credit card, you’d need to share your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number at the time of applying and/or when you meet the spending requirement. For example, if you got a credit card that offers bonus Status Credits when you apply and book a Qantas flight, you would need to include your membership number at the time of the flight booking.
How many Qantas Status Credits do I need?
If you want to reach a higher Qantas Frequent Flyer membership level, you’ll need to earn a set amount of Status Credits in the 12 months from when you joined the program. Here’s what’s needed for each membership level:
- Silver. 300 Status Credits to reach Silver and 250 Status Credits each year to maintain this level of membership.
- Gold. 700 Status Credits to get Gold Qantas membership and 600 Status Credits to maintain it in each subsequent year.
- Platinum. 1,400 Status Credits to reach the Platinum Qantas membership tier and 1,200 Status Credits to maintain it.
- Platinum One. 3,600 Status Credits to get and maintain Platinum One status. At least 2,700 of these credits must be earned on Qantas-marketed flights and Status Credits earned through a credit card won’t count towards this membership level.
Were Credit Card Status Credits different from regular Qantas Status Credits?
For members of the Qantas Credit Card Status Credits trial, the status earned through your credit card were treated differently from the status earned when flying with Qantas or an eligible partner. The key differences included:
- Eligible account activity. While regular Qantas Status Credits are awarded for eligible flights (regardless of what you spend on them), this trial only offered 1 Credit Card Status Credit for every 400 Qantas Points earned through eligible credit card spending.
- Benefits cap. The terms and conditions for the trial noted that there was a cap on the amount of Credit Card Status Credits that would count towards you reaching a higher membership level. This meant you would still have to earn most of your Status Credits through flights to reach Silver, Gold or Platinum status.
- Other restrictions. Qantas Status Credits you earned with a credit card did not count towards any loyalty bonuses, Platinum One membership or Lifetime Status.
Combined with regular status from flights, a credit card with Qantas Status Credits could help you reach a higher frequent flyer membership level faster. While there are currently no offers to earn Status Credits on a credit card, there could be another trial or offer in the future. So make sure you keep your Qantas Frequent Flyer account details updated and check your emails for offers. You may also want to look at other Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards and compare different introductory offers so that you can find one that offers the most value for you.
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