Advice re: Status Credits for BUS Class MEL-LHR-MEL

By Boeing-Tragic | Jul 11, 2018, 12:17 PM
I'd be grateful for advice on how to maximise earning QF status credits on a return business class flight between Melbourne and London in August or September. Am indifferent about route (i.e. via MEL-PER-LHR or MEL-SYD-SIN-LHR, etc.), but would prefer to fly on either the A380 or B787-9 for the flat-bed business experience. Not being a frequent international traveller nor in the airline industry, hoping there's a reader who can help me short-circuit 4-5 hours of research time? Or should I look at what Virgin has to offer?
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By mviy | Jul 11, 2018, 12:30 PM
Going via SYD is going to get you an extra 40SC each way compared with MEL-PER-LHR or MEL-SIN-LHR.

You do want to make sure you allow plenty of time to change in SYD (if possible) especially on the outbound part of your trip to allow for possible delays and that you'll need to get a free QF transfer bus (it's near one of the gates) to go from Domestic to International. When you get back to SYD from SIN after collecting your bag you can go to a transfer desk, drop of your bag for the flight to MEL and go on the transfer bus again.

In future if you can plan ahead it can be useful to book during a Double Status Credits promo or a 50% bonus status promo (check your email just in case you've received an offer before you book).

Don't forget for every 500 SC on QF up to 2000 SC you can take a loyalty bonus of 8000 points or 50 SC. Those SC count towards your lifetime tally.

If you were to do MEL-SYD-SIN-LHR-SIN-SYD-MEL on the cheapest business fares on a Double Status Credits offer you would get 1280 SC (or 1330 SC if you take your loyalty bonus as 50 SC) not far away from reaching Platinum (requires 1400 SC) from the one trip and more than what you'd need to retain Platinum (1200 SC) if you already have it.

On standard credits (which is presumably what you'll be doing) if you were to do MEL-SYD-SIN-LHR-SIN-SYD-MEL you'd get 640 SC (or 690 SC if you take your loyalty bonus as 50 SC) very close to what you'd need to level up to Gold status (700 SC) from just the one trip and more than what you'd need to retain Gold (600 SC) if you already have it.

If you have Platinum or above status (highly unlikely from what you've said) you can use the First Lounge in SYD. If not Platinum or above you can use Domestic Business in MEL and International Business in SYD. You can use the SIN QF lounge in SIN and you can use the QF lounge in LHR. If you have Platinum or above status I'd recommend trying the CX FLounge in LHR.

Going via BNE would earn even more than going via SYD (MEL-BNE earns more than MEL-SYD) but you would be on an A330 from BNE to SIN. The A330 seats are pretty similar to what's on the 787. Direct-aisle access for all Business passengers and lie flat.

There is a QANTAS earning points & status credits calculator you can use to look up the points & SC from various different options.

I'd probably search MEL-LHR and see which options come up for your preferred dates and similar dates around those.

Last edited by mviy at Jul 11, 2018, 12.35 PM.
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By Fergo747 | Jul 11, 2018, 02:26 PM
Maximum status credits can be obtained flying MEL>BNE>SIN>LHR which would give you 380 each way. However, depending on how important 15 SCs are to you, MEL>PER>LHR will net you 365 SC each way provided you pick a domestic PER flight first (e.g. QF475) opposed to flying QF9 all the way - it also means that you will avoid having two stops and reduces travel time by about 4 hours. Going via SYD would get you 355 in Flex J or up via SIN from MEL would net you 310. These are all in flex J but same logic applies to other fare classes.

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By xtfer | Jul 12, 2018, 10:56 AM
I'm not familiar with Qantas's upgrade timetable for the A380s, but you'll find the A330s have a better J experience (same as 787) than the Skybed on A380s. Also, A330s are less crowded during boarding and dump less people in the lounge. I wouldn't rule them out.
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