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How to get Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status

How many flights and status credits do you need to rack up if you want Gold Qantas status? Points Finder takes a look at your options.

With premium benefits including global lounge access, additional baggage and 75% more Qantas Points on eligible flights, Gold status is a big step up from the benefits you get as a Silver or Bronze Qantas Frequent Flyer member. But the amount of status credits you need to reach Qantas Frequent Flyer’s Gold tier is also much higher than those required for Silver status. So, here’s a look at some of the different strategies you can use to get to Gold.

What are the requirements for Gold Qantas status?

To get to Gold status, you need to:

  • Earn 700 status credits in a membership year. Your membership year is based on the date you joined Qantas Frequent Flyer. You can check how many months you have left to earn these status credits by logging in to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account and going to the “Status activity” section.
  • Take at least four eligible flights with Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar in a membership year. This covers flights that have one of the following codes before the flight number: QF, JQ, 3K, GK or BL (eg, QF123). You’ll usually end up taking more than four of these flights to get enough status credits, but there are some rare exceptions. For example, a return first class ticket from Sydney to London would earn you 840 status credits, but only count for 2 of your required flights.
  • Retain at least 600 status credits by the end of the membership year. If you don't have at least 600 status credits by the end of your membership year you'll lose Qantas Gold status and return to Silver.

How can I earn 700 status credits?

If you’re starting at the beginning of a membership year when your status credit balance is at zero, the fastest way to get to Gold is with international business or first class flights. For example, two return flights from Sydney to Los Angeles in business class would earn you 760 status credits and cover the minimum four flights needed for Qantas Gold membership.

This is assuming you fly with Qantas and book a standard business class fare, which earns 190 status credits when you fly to LA from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. If your goal is to find the most affordable way to get Gold status with Qantas, it’s worth noting that the cost of these two return trips would be over $20,000, as a single business class fare typically costs upwards of $5,000 outside of sales.

Status credits for longer international routes

The further you travel, the more status credits and frequent flyer points you’ll earn. So, as another example, here’s a look at the status credits you’d earn for a one-way flight from Sydney to London – one of the longest, most popular routes available with Qantas.

Status credits for a one-way flight from Sydney to London

Fare classStatus credits earned per flightRequired one-way flights (to nearest whole number)
Discount economy7010
Economy958
Premium economy1505
Business class2953
First class4202

Note that the Qantas Frequent Flyer website actually lists 10 fare classes for this route, but these 5 are the most common.

In this case, booking a return trip in First Class is the fastest way to earn all the required status credits. But it would come at a cost, with these fares starting at around $10,366 one way. You’d also still need to take another two Qantas or Jetstar flights to make up the four flights you need to be eligible for Gold status.

What about international flights with stopovers?

Another option that’s popular with frequent flyers is to make bookings that include multiple stopovers. For example, flying from Sydney to London via Brisbane and Singapore. In this case, you’d earn status credits for each separate flight, which would typically add up to more than what you’d get with just one stopover or a direct flight.

Qantas Gold status runs

Serious frequent flyers who want Gold (or Platinum) status may also look at taking flights specifically to meet the requirements. Known as status runs, this typically involves looking for cheap business class or first class fares with multiple stopovers. Often, status runs are done in a short amount of time as well (for example 48 hours).

Status runs are also usually taken when a frequent flyer already has a status credit balance (i.e., before the end of a membership year). For instance, if you already had 450 status credits, a return flight from Sydney to Bali in business class would give you the extra 250 status credits needed for Gold status.

What can I do to get Gold Qantas Status faster?

  • Check your status credit balance regularly. Make a habit of visiting your Qantas Frequent Flyer account online to see how many status credits you have and how many you need to get Gold status before the end of your membership year. Once you know how close you are to Gold, you can book flights to help you get there. Or, if you’re a long way off, you may decide to focus on getting (and keeping) Silver status.
  • Take advantage of bonus status credit offers. Sometimes Qantas Frequent Flyer runs bonus status credit offers for members. Booking flights during this type of promotion can help you reach a higher status level for a lot less money than usual. As well as checking the Qantas Frequent Flyer website, you can find out about status credit offers and other deals by signing up for our Points Finder email.
  • Make bookings when there’s a sale. This will help you get the cheapest fares and could have a huge impact on how much you spend to reach Gold status. So keep an eye out for Qantas sale fares that you can jump on.
  • Look at business or first class with partner airlines. While Qantas flights offer the highest number of status credits based on fare class, sometimes partner airlines could have more competitive sale fares for business or first class. When that’s the case, you could end up saving on ticket prices as you earn status credits, especially for long-haul international flights.
  • Book as far in advance as possible. If you know when you’ll be travelling ahead of time, you’re more likely to get a better price. You could also think about paying with a credit card that earns Qantas Points to get even more frequent flyer benefits.

What are the benefits of Gold status with Qantas?

Unlimited global lounge access and 75% more points on eligible flights are two of the main drawcards for Gold status. You'll also get higher priority for reward bookings and upgrade requests compared to Silver or Bronze members and priority check-in regardless of your fare class. Other notable perks include:

  • Priority boarding on eligible domestic or international flights with a QF flight number.
  • Access to premium security lanes at Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane domestic airports.
  • Extra checked baggage allowances on eligible flights and priority checked baggage.
  • Status holds for up to 18 months if you're taking parental leave.

You'll also get Sapphire status through the oneworld alliance. This means you can get perks such as preferred seating and priority check-in with oneworld member airlines including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways.

Compare Qantas Frequent Flyer Rewards Credit Cards

Name Bonus points Points per $ spent Purchase rate p.a. Annual fee
Qantas Premier Platinum
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Bonus points
80,000
Points per $ spent
1
Purchase rate p.a.
19.99%
Annual fee
$349 first year ($399 after)
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Earn up to 80,000 bonus Qantas Points. Plus, save with a reduced first-year annual fee and 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers. Ends on 01 May 2024.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Bonus points
60,000
Points per $ spent
1.25
Purchase rate p.a.
23.99%
Annual fee
$450
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Get 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, a yearly $450 Travel Credit.
Qantas Premier Everyday
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Bonus points
8,000
Points per $ spent
0.75
Purchase rate p.a.
19.99%
Annual fee
$99
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Get 2 bonus Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases in the first 4 months (up to 8,000 points), plus complimentary insurance.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
Qantas Business Rewards
Bonus points
170,000
Points per $ spent
1.25
Purchase rate p.a.
0%
Annual fee
$450
Go to siteMore Info
(ABN holders w/ $75k revenue). Earn 170,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $6,000 in the first 3 months.
ANZ Qantas Business Rewards
Qantas Business Rewards
Bonus points
130,000
Points per $ spent
0.75
Purchase rate p.a.
20.24%
Annual fee
$375
Go to siteMore Info
ABN holders w/ $75k revenue. Get 130,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months. Plus, a fast-track to Qantas Business Rewards Level 2.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Bonus points
20,000
Points per $ spent
1
Purchase rate p.a.
23.99%
Annual fee
$249
Go to siteMore Info
Get 20,000 bonus Qantas Points and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year, plus complimentary travel insurance.
Qantas Premier Titanium
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Bonus points
150,000
Points per $ spent
1.25
Purchase rate p.a.
19.99%
Annual fee
$1,200
Go to siteMore Info
Get 150k bonus Qantas Points when you spend $5k in the first 3 months. Plus Qantas First Lounge Invitations and 20% bonus Status Credits on eligible flights. Ends on 01 May 2024.
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    IvyAugust 14, 2016

    Is Qantas Frequent flyer Gold membership a lifetime membership? Do I need to recollect points to keep the status with me? Thanks.

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      DeeAugust 15, 2016Finder

      Hi Ivy,

      Thanks for your comment.

      The Gold membership status is a lifetime status. The Status Credits you earn during each membership year contribute towards your lifetime status. When you reach the 14,000 credits mark you get the Gold membership recognition for life.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    MARYQCAugust 21, 2015

    Anniversary in November. Need 150 SCs to reach Platinum. Have 90 SC worth of flights booked for work. Best, cheapest option for the other 60 from Sydney?

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      SallyAugust 24, 2015Finder

      Hi MaryQC,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As a financial comparison service, we can’t actually recommend any one product, service or strategy to our users as the best option will always depend on your individual needs and preferences.

      I would suggest that you contact Bankwest directly to confirm your eligibility.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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    AbhishekMarch 25, 2013

    I have 7500 points on bronze card, what to do to get silver or gold card?

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      MarcMarch 25, 2013Finder

      Hello Abhishek,
      thanks for the question.

      to qualify for the silver status level you need to earn 300 status credits, which are different from regular Frequent Flyer points. In addition, you’ll need to earn 250 status credits in subsequent years to keep this level. To qualify for a gold status level you’ll need 700 status credits to qualify, and then you’ll need to earn 600 status credits in subsequent years to keep this membership. For more information it may be helpful to visit the Qantas Frequent Flyer website.

      I hope this helps,
      Marc.

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    PaulMarch 16, 2013

    How many status points do I need to qualify for qantas club.

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      MarcMarch 18, 2013Finder

      Hello Paul,
      thanks for your question.

      You’ll need 300 status credits to earn a Silver status level, which will get you one complimentary Qantas Club Lounge pass. To qualify for complimentary membership to the Qantas Club you’ll need a Gold status level, which will take 700 Status Credits to attain. Further levels above Gold also give members complimentary membership to Qantas Club.

      I hope this helps,
      Marc.

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