Yesterday, Qatar Airways Privilege Club members started noticing a welcome surprise in their accounts. Yet another status extension! This time until the end of 2023 (31st December 2023 to be precise).
At this stage, we haven’t seen a public announcement from Qatar Airways about the extension, which is odd given that this is rather good news for their members who didn’t requalify via the recent status extension and double status campaign.
Members Who Qualified Left Out?
When Qatar Airways introduced a reduction in tier miles campaign last year, I decided to go for it and aim to retain my Privilege Club Platinum Status, which I received via a status match back in 2020.
Only 300 tier points were required to retain, which I managed to get by the end of last year. Normally, members who achieve their status via flying will receive the rather valuable Qcredits.
Qcredits can be used to upgrade your flights and as it turns out, you will get enough Qcredits from reaching Platinum to upgrade an economy flight to business on a one-way Australia-Europe flight. That’s, of course, in addition to all the other benefits you receive such as access to first-class lounges, additional luggage, and priority boarding, etc.
Since the status extension, none of these Qcredits seem to get applied to members who qualified by flying. No doubt, this will get resolved, but it’s still annoying!
Summing Up – Qatar Airways Status Extension
It’s nice to see Qatar Airways extend status again, although I’m not sure their real frequent flyers are overly impressed since they gain nothing from it other than having more people in their favourite lounges. One might question what the points of qualifying were if they would have received the same benefits with no effort required?