Qantas Status Run for Easter 2018 without Double status promotion

By hazzatsa | Mar 01, 2018, 11:27 AM
Hi all,

I needed 350 to reach Gold so I have been searching the most cost effective way to achieve my goal.
I missed out the Qantas Double Status Promotion this year as I was in Bolivia without internet so missed the email. Dam!!!

I am from Melbourne, so what I found is that if I can get myself to Denpasar Bali, I can fly Malaysia airline Bali to Kuala Lumpur return business as little as 300-320AUD which gives you 120 Status. That is $2.5 per status. So I have planned Jetstar to Bali with transfer in Sydney or Brisbane and buy the Max bundle which cost around 1000-1200 to Bali that gives me 150 status then do as many Bali to Kuala Lumpur business return trip as possible. Because I wanted to have holidays too so probably just to travel for what I needed for Gold.

I have searched Melbourne to Auckland for 1000 dollars business return but only 160 status so its like $6.25 for 1 status. Not worth it unless under double status promotion.
Any other recommended status run routes that worth running?
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By silvyvc | Mar 01, 2018, 12:57 PM
do JQ to Bali? I've found that sometimes you get quite good deals adding the bundles. Otherwise, check if MEL-SYD-DPS could be an option?
Otherwise... I think recently there was a MEL-SYD/BNE to Noumea in J for 1000 for 440 SCs.
Another one worthwhile checking may be MEL-SYD-CHC with QF/EK.

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By hazzatsa | Mar 01, 2018, 02:11 PM
do JQ to Bali? I've found that sometimes you get quite good deals adding the bundles. Otherwise, check if MEL-SYD-DPS could be an option?
Otherwise... I think recently there was a MEL-SYD/BNE to Noumea in J for 1000 for 440 SCs.
Another one worthwhile checking may be MEL-SYD-CHC with QF/EK.


Is that MEL-SYD/BNE to Noumea 1000 for 440SCS with double status bonuses? Because I missed that double status promotion.
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By hazzatsa | Mar 01, 2018, 02:13 PM
The cheapest I found was Bali to Kuala Lumpur business return which cost 300-320 and gives you 120 status, but it means that I need to get myself to Bali first.

It is also funny that on the opposite leg Kuala Lumpur to Bali Business Return cost like 700 dollars.
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By silvyvc | Mar 01, 2018, 05:19 PM
do JQ to Bali? I've found that sometimes you get quite good deals adding the bundles. Otherwise, check if MEL-SYD-DPS could be an option?
Otherwise... I think recently there was a MEL-SYD/BNE to Noumea in J for 1000 for 440 SCs.
Another one worthwhile checking may be MEL-SYD-CHC with QF/EK.


Is that MEL-SYD/BNE to Noumea 1000 for 440SCS with double status bonuses? Because I missed that double status promotion.

No DSC, yet enough availability until Nov. same price but only 440SCs.
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By silvyvc | Mar 01, 2018, 05:22 PM
The cheapest I found was Bali to Kuala Lumpur business return which cost 300-320 and gives you 120 status, but it means that I need to get myself to Bali first.

It is also funny that on the opposite leg Kuala Lumpur to Bali Business Return cost like 700 dollars.

Mmm, tends to be that way at times. So if you did Mel-dps with JQ (bundle) and then DPS-KL would that get you over the amount of SCs you need? Also, have you considered the 50SCs you would get after hitting 500SCs? Could make the difference!
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By Steve987 | Mar 01, 2018, 08:13 PM
Is all of this really worth it? Why not just buy qantas club? Based on your credits total it seems you are only travelling domestic so the difference between QClub and gold is minimal at best.
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By hazzatsa | Mar 01, 2018, 08:45 PM
do JQ to Bali? I've found that sometimes you get quite good deals adding the bundles. Otherwise, check if MEL-SYD-DPS could be an option?
Otherwise... I think recently there was a MEL-SYD/BNE to Noumea in J for 1000 for 440 SCs.
Another one worthwhile checking may be MEL-SYD-CHC with QF/EK.


Is that MEL-SYD/BNE to Noumea 1000 for 440SCS with double status bonuses? Because I missed that double status promotion.

No DSC, yet enough availability until Nov. same price but only 440SCs.

Mel-Syd is 40, Syd to Noumea is 60. Return is 200sc so how do you get 440?
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By hazzatsa | Mar 01, 2018, 09:29 PM
The cheapest I found was Bali to Kuala Lumpur business return which cost 300-320 and gives you 120 status, but it means that I need to get myself to Bali first.

It is also funny that on the opposite leg Kuala Lumpur to Bali Business Return cost like 700 dollars.

Mmm, tends to be that way at times. So if you did Mel-dps with JQ (bundle) and then DPS-KL would that get you over the amount of SCs you need? Also, have you considered the 50SCs you would get after hitting 500SCs? Could make the difference!
Yes, I am on 300, I need 350

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By hazzatsa | Mar 01, 2018, 09:36 PM
Is all of this really worth it? Why not just buy qantas club? Based on your credits total it seems you are only travelling domestic so the difference between QClub and gold is minimal at best.

Because you can’t access the Lounge if you are not travelling Qantas. And most of the time Qantas to Europe is like 200-300 more expensive than Qatar. Also more expensive than Latam for flights to Santiago. Jal to Japan also has better service and average 100-200 cheaper than Qantas, much larger leg room in its economy plus 2-4-2 configuration to standard 3-3-3 on the Dreamliner. Wider seats. Qantas uses A330 but the space and entertainment can not compete with JAL unless Qantas uses its Dreamliner for such route.
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By Steve987 | Mar 01, 2018, 10:20 PM
Is all of this really worth it? Why not just buy qantas club? Based on your credits total it seems you are only travelling domestic so the difference between QClub and gold is minimal at best.

Because you can’t access the Lounge if you are not travelling Qantas. And most of the time Qantas to Europe is like 200-300 more expensive than Qatar. Also more expensive than Latam for flights to Santiago. Jal to Japan also has better service and average 100-200 cheaper than Qantas, much larger leg room in its economy plus 2-4-2 configuration to standard 3-3-3 on the Dreamliner. Wider seats. Qantas uses A330 but the space and entertainment can not compete with JAL unless Qantas uses its Dreamliner for such route.

So the plan is to spend a couple of grand to save a couple of hundred here and there?

Your call of course, but I’d be running the ruler over this plan a bit more closely.
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By Andrew Barkery | Mar 03, 2018, 12:38 AM
Really, QF SG is not the elixir.
WP or P1 now that is the top. Good if you are working your way up to these, but if you are going to stop at QF SG, read the below.
I have been on QF SG for 2.5 years now, and have only about 30% had a shadow, access to the QF lounge can be had with QP, ...
If you flew a lot, for work, then its a different kettle of fish as you work up to WP/P1, but to work up so hard to QF SG, nah, not really worth it.
Thats my opinion, and to each their own, but I had been in your position, chasing QF SG, till I discovered, its not all worth the money spent.
In the begining, I thought QF SG would always give me a shadow, ie, empty seat next to me, but in the end, I found out, really/realistically, its not so!
I will instead now keep QP and buy QF comfort seat request, (empty seat next to me), or fly VA and get Y(X).
If I had to fly QF, it would be comfort seat request for sure.
IF you want to splurge, MEL - SIN with EK but with a QF flight number, this would give you a tease/test of the EK service, a return J or F MEL - SIN with EK but a QF flight number, gives you access to the EK MEL lounge, visit the QF MEL F lounge, if flying F, bar on board the 380, EK lounge in SIN, and QF lounge in SIN.
Like I said, this is what I have done, if I was in the OP's shoes, and get it over in one go.
And no small side trips.
Last edited by Andrew Barkery at Mar 03, 2018, 12.39 AM.
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