Extend Your Qantas Status With Just One Flight


Immanuel Debeer | 23/11/2020

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With the prospect of travel still far off, Qantas is back again with a second round of life support for those with airline status. This time around, customers will be required to take just one (eligible) flight to retain their status for yet another 12 months.

How does the Qantas status extension work?

Simply book and pay for an eligible flight on or after 23 November 2020 and before the end of your membership year for travel until the end of 2021, and we will extend their status for a further 12 months.

This means there’s no rush since you have until the end of your membership year to complete the challenge and retain it for another 12 months.

What about existing status credits?

If you’re one of the lucky few who has been flying around collecting status credits in 2020, you’re also in luck. In addition to the status extension, your current status credits will be rolled over to your next membership year and help you reach your status goals beyond 2022.

Who is eligible for a Qantas status extension?

Eligible members who hold silver, gold, platinum or platinum one, and reside in Australia or New Zealand who are unable to achieve the Status Credits needed to retain their status will receive a 12-month status extension provided that before the end of their current Membership Year, they simply make at least one new eligible booking for travel before the end of 2021.

Which flights are eligible for the status extension?

Any Qantas operated flight with a QF flight number, or Any Qantas Points earning Jetstar international booking with a JQ flight number including Jetstar flights within New Zealand (JQ), Jetstar Japan (GK) and Jetstar Asia (3K) flights. Jetstar domestic flights within Australia are ineligible. Eligible bookings can be paid with cash, Qantas TravelPass, Qantas Flight Credit, Qantas Gift cards or with Qantas Points (via a Classic Flight Reward or Points Plus Pay).

The last date to complete your flight is 31 December 2021. If you already made a booking, you’re out of luck and will either need to cancel and rebook or book another flight in the next year to meet the challenge.

Summing Up – Qantas Status Extension

It’s great to see Qantas come to the table ones again to make sure their top tier frequent flyers are looked after at a time where not much travel is happening. Keeping these members engaged and feeling valued is, no doubt a key strategy for the program and their bottom line in the long run. Now I’m wondering if Velocity Frequent Flyer will meet this new challenge and offer a similar promotion to its members?


Immanuel Debeer

Chief points nerd and travel hacker at Flight Hacks

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    • Hey Neil, yes you’d have to take the flight. This is the case with all frequent flyer programs and one of the main reason people do crazy things like “status runs” just to fly the required miles.

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