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. It’s also worth noting that existing Qantas Gold members can maintain their status by earning a slightly lower 600 status credits in their membership year.
- 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.
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 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 class||Status credits earned per flight||Required one-way flights (to nearest whole number)|
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 that 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 (ie, 48 hours).
Status runs are also usually taken when a frequent flyer already has a status credit balance (ie, 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 hold 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.
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