Silver status with QFF

By Serg | May 08, 2017, 10:37 AM
I am not heavy flyer (do not fly for business) and thus I always been Bronze (read nothing) with QF, whole 20-something years. However this particular year I have an opportunity to jump to Silver. I have enough SC, but lacking 2 QF segments. So my question would be - is it worth to fly return to somewhere just to get Silver? What exactly I will get in return? I cannot see much benefits except of lounge invitation or I missing something? I know that I will have more QFF points, but I do not think that I will fly to Europe, SE Asia or America during next membership year; if I fly locally (also not that likely) it would be economy and thus additional points not that important. Do I missing anything else like more seats availability for classic reward? And for how long QF issue Silver status?
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By GBRGB | May 08, 2017, 11:04 AM
You are correct, QF Silver is virtually junk status and not worth spending anything extra  to gain or retain, one QC voucher and you get a few rows extra to choose from when selecting seats but apart from that nothing.
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By kimshep | May 08, 2017, 11:30 AM

Silvers also get :

  • access to Premium Check-in (either Business class or Premium check-in)
  • a higher priority for 'waitlist' benefits (over non-tiered passengers) 
  • points bonus on oneworld flights
  • 2 complimentary QF RFID luggage tags
  • I complementary Lounge pass (as mentioned)
  • Free of charge seat selection for regular seats (still pay for chargeable surcharge seats)
  • and additional luggage allowances.

Not a lot, but at least something minimal. Your 2 required qualifying segments can consist of as little as a cheap return regional trip on QantasLink.

Last edited by kimshep at May 08, 2017, 11.35 AM.
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By Serg | May 08, 2017, 12:02 PM

Silvers also get :

  • access to Premium Check-in (either Business class or Premium check-in)
  • a higher priority for 'waitlist' benefits (over non-tiered passengers) 
  • points bonus on oneworld flights
  • 2 complimentary QF RFID luggage tags
  • I complementary Lounge pass (as mentioned)
  • Free of charge seat selection for regular seats (still pay for chargeable surcharge seats)
  • and additional luggage allowances.

Not a lot, but at least something minimal. Your 2 required qualifying segments can consist of as little as a cheap return regional trip on QantasLink.

Last edited by kimshep at May 08, 2017, 11.35 AM.


Thanks for replay - nothing of those interested me much. My main curiosity if higher status members really have access to more classic award flight - that would be really beneficial. Long wait-list when call QF is really annoying, but I do not believe that Silver status put me forward much. 
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By russell | May 08, 2017, 12:24 PM
Silver is just the steak knives on the way to Gold. Not worth chasing at all.
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By markpk | May 08, 2017, 12:46 PM
If you knew you were going to have 1-2 years of higher travel frequency that might build to gold I'd say do it. But per other comments the value isn't there. Gold is where the good benefits start. 


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By TheRealBabushka | May 08, 2017, 12:57 PM
Do you mind me asking how you retain silver and yet fell short of the QF segment requirements? 
Sounds like you've been flying with other OW carriers.
Have you considered how joining other OW programme may be more beneficial to you? There may be more bang for your buck with other programmes...
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By GregXL | May 08, 2017, 01:16 PM
To answer your last question, your status would change to silver as soon as you have been credited the required SCs and met the QF segment requirement.  It will stay at silver for the remainder of your current membership year and all of the following year. 
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By Serg | May 08, 2017, 02:13 PM
Do you mind me asking how you retain silver and yet fell short of the QF segment requirements? 
Sounds like you've been flying with other OW carriers.
Have you considered how joining other OW programme may be more beneficial to you? There may be more bang for your buck with other programmes...


Hi TRB,

Yes, I've been flying with other carriers. Also I've been thinking quite a few times to switch to other programme, but my main source of points not flying, but credit cards. And with credit cards I figured that I will be far better off to stick to QFF.
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By Stuart Jackson | May 08, 2017, 06:27 PM
9. Preferential access will be provided, when available, to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats for Silver, Gold and Platinum members. On selected flights, preferential access provided to Gold and Platinum members may be above the access available to Silver and Bronze members. Classic Flight Reward seat availability is limited and some flights may not have any Classic Flight Reward seats. When seats are available, preferential access is provided at qantas.com and from Qantas Telephone Sales and Qantas offices, excluding some international locations (Award Assistance Fee applies to assisted bookings).
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By Serg | May 09, 2017, 11:49 AM
9. Preferential access will be provided, when available, to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats for Silver, Gold and Platinum members. On selected flights, preferential access provided to Gold and Platinum members may be above the access available to Silver and Bronze members. Classic Flight Reward seat availability is limited and some flights may not have any Classic Flight Reward seats. When seats are available, preferential access is provided at qantas.com and from Qantas Telephone Sales and Qantas offices, excluding some international locations (Award Assistance Fee applies to assisted bookings).


This is propaganda from QF that I know about. It is no more than propaganda because they never say anything like "Silver has access to twice more Classic Reward seats in all classes and on all routes". I like to hear from someone who tried booking from Bronze and Silver account and I like to know what difference they seen.
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By Looking | May 10, 2017, 06:54 AM
I fell back to Bronze in January, first time in 10 years. As luck would have it I was flying with Qatar from Beijing to Budapest. I was in economy. It took an hour of standing in that economy queue to check in. If I had kept silver I could have been sitting down airside instead. But in general no, spend the money on other things than the flights to make your future journeys comfortable e.g. noise cancelling headphones
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By Stuart Jackson | May 11, 2017, 07:50 AM
9. Preferential access will be provided, when available, to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats for Silver, Gold and Platinum members. On selected flights, preferential access provided to Gold and Platinum members may be above the access available to Silver and Bronze members. Classic Flight Reward seat availability is limited and some flights may not have any Classic Flight Reward seats. When seats are available, preferential access is provided at qantas.com and from Qantas Telephone Sales and Qantas offices, excluding some international locations (Award Assistance Fee applies to assisted bookings).


This is propaganda from QF that I know about. It is no more than propaganda because they never say anything like "Silver has access to twice more Classic Reward seats in all classes and on all routes". I like to hear from someone who tried booking from Bronze and Silver account and I like to know what difference they seen.


I checked this out a few years ago when I reached silver and yes more reward seats are available over bronze. Same amount of reward seats available for silver and gold. I'm not sure what the comparison is like for plat
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By jubsie | May 11, 2017, 10:29 PM
I was happy when I finally moved up to silver to get the 2 complimentary RFID tags. These are well worth it and make travelling a breeze (although you can buy these yourself for approx $50 each - however not free or silver!). I do like being able to sit closer to the front of the plane also. The bonus QFF points can come in handy depending how far you fly, and luggage allowance boost (although I've never had to use it). 
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By Serg | May 17, 2017, 11:03 AM
9. Preferential access will be provided, when available, to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats for Silver, Gold and Platinum members. On selected flights, preferential access provided to Gold and Platinum members may be above the access available to Silver and Bronze members. Classic Flight Reward seat availability is limited and some flights may not have any Classic Flight Reward seats. When seats are available, preferential access is provided at qantas.com and from Qantas Telephone Sales and Qantas offices, excluding some international locations (Award Assistance Fee applies to assisted bookings).


This is propaganda from QF that I know about. It is no more than propaganda because they never say anything like "Silver has access to twice more Classic Reward seats in all classes and on all routes". I like to hear from someone who tried booking from Bronze and Silver account and I like to know what difference they seen.


I checked this out a few years ago when I reached silver and yes more reward seats are available over bronze. Same amount of reward seats available for silver and gold. I'm not sure what the comparison is like for plat


Thanks for answer that I really was looking for. Perhaps it is difficult to quantify, but how much bigger is bigger?

Thanks
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By ChrisCh | May 18, 2017, 02:59 PM
Serg: Please refrain from posting comments multiple times - only once is necessary. If your comment is cleared by the software it will be published immediately, and if it's held for moderation, it will be approved after a brief period.

(Posting the same comment multiple times actually creates more work for the mod team as we have to delete all of the duplicates, which then increases the time it takes to approve a comment.)

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