Fastest and cheapest way to reach Lifetime Gold Status found

By hazzatsa | Nov 27, 2017, 07:44 PM
I’ve been researching fastest and cheapest way to earn status run. After playing with Skyscanner and status calculator. This is what I found.

Frankfurt to Madrid business class return by Latam airline will give you 120 status. This short 2 hours flight will only cost 450 across most date so it’s not limited deals. I’ve check multiple dates across the year with Skyscanner. That is 0.266 status per dollars. Even higher earn rate than rare and limited sales Qantas business sales ticket with double status bonus which ranging from 0.2-0.0.25 earn rates if lucky. It is also longer flights too.

14000 = 116.6 flight which will be 117 return flights.

117X450=52650 for lifetime gold!!

Comment below if anyone found other more cost effective status run!
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By henrus | Nov 27, 2017, 08:48 PM
You'd have to be quite keen to do 117 return flights...

I guess it depends on the price you put on lifetime gold as well.
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By Steve987 | Nov 27, 2017, 09:02 PM
I’d prefer to invest the $52k in business class tickets to places I actually want to go, but each to their own!
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By hazzatsa | Nov 27, 2017, 09:48 PM
You'd have to be quite keen to do 117 return flights...

I guess it depends on the price you put on lifetime gold as well.

I think it’s a good idea to fit an extra return flight for every Europe trip. There are people just fly non stop to get the status. It would be a good idea to use that to maintain platinum
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By Michael Kao | Nov 28, 2017, 05:20 PM
Take a look at JAL's Global Club (JGC) = One World Sapphire = Qantas Gold.

All you need is a status run to reach JMB gold to apply. (Actually not that hard. A couple of rt PE to Japan, then add on their yokoso Japan deal to fly to a far Japanese domestic destination like Ishigaki, you are JMB gold).

After you reach JMB gold you can apply for JGC and all you need is pay 5000 JMB points a year to maintain it. 5000 JMB can be easily earned through converting 5000 SPG points (cost US$170 to buy without sale. Much less when in sale, or you can convert 20000 SPG to 25000 JMB in one go to get you covered for 5 years, or you can convert MR if you have Amex card to SPG).

Easiest way to maintain lifetime OW sapphire.
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By JJJJJJJ | Nov 29, 2017, 09:22 AM
Here’s more maths: 117 x 2 x 4 hours of your life you’ll never get back.
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By cougar_df | Nov 29, 2017, 10:42 AM
I'm also in the chase to QF LTG. Currently at 11,750 LTC so thinking it's worth staying on track. I've just retired (through a redundancy) so premium seats are no longer financially viable.

I plan to do a trip to Europe every year (from Sydney) on the cheapest economy making sure I get QF ticketed no matter which metal is flying.

What I'm learning so far from these posts is to avoid direct flights to final destinations where possible. I can't apply for credit cards which may have bonus SCs because I no longer have a regular income. Are there any other tips to maximise SCs earns based on my limited resources? Thanks.
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By Brython14 | Nov 29, 2017, 02:43 PM
I’d prefer to invest the $52k in business class tickets to places I actually want to go, but each to their own!

Beat me to it!
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By PeterLoh | Nov 29, 2017, 05:33 PM
This is easily beaten by a carefully planned ex-JNB DONE4/DONE5 that's coupled together with a DSC promo. At least that's what I managed to achieve a couple of years ago, earning status credits at a rate of $2.99 each (versus $3.75 per status credit for the fare you've highlighted).
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By Anjan | Nov 30, 2017, 07:30 AM
I'm also in the chase to QF LTG. Currently at 11,750 LTC so thinking it's worth staying on track. I've just retired (through a redundancy) so premium seats are no longer financially viable.

I plan to do a trip to Europe every year (from Sydney) on the cheapest economy making sure I get QF ticketed no matter which metal is flying.

What I'm learning so far from these posts is to avoid direct flights to final destinations where possible. I can't apply for credit cards which may have bonus SCs because I no longer have a regular income. Are there any other tips to maximise SCs earns based on my limited resources? Thanks.

You may want to buy a cheap one way to BKK or CMB and then pick up a premium ticket ex CMB or BKK. Especially if doing annually you can buy I year J ticket on QF -cmb to Syd for about 2500aud which gives about 640sc during double SC promotion. QR has regular 40 or 50% sales ex CMB to Europe giving you another 280sc. Alternatively if you get a y ticket you may come in slightly more than a return from Syd.
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By dimi | Dec 04, 2017, 09:05 AM
Considering that LATAM operates 4 flights a week, you will effectively have to move to Madrid for 9 months, and spend 4 out of 7 days each week in the airports.

Even with lounge access, it takes a lot of dedication!

Last edited by dimi at Dec 04, 2017, 09.05 AM.
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By mviy | Dec 08, 2017, 01:31 PM
Lifetime Gold only benefits you if you would otherwise have held lower status. If you would get value from benefits from flying more than needed to retain Gold then great.

Admittedly it's hard to achieve LifeTime Gold without spending a number of years with higher status than Gold. 20+ years of Gold is a lot of years of maintaining Gold status.

I'm using Double Status Credits promos to try to speed my way towards LifeTime Gold.
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By BatteryBen | Dec 08, 2017, 03:20 PM
I made QFF LTG this year. I think I've spent about 5 years at Platinum (not all consecutively). It cost a lot more than $52K but was a lot more productive :-) One thing I do is try to book as many of my long haul RT tickets for the coming 12 months as possible during Qantas' annual Double Status Credits promo.
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