Additional 'perks' for Qantas Lifetime Gold

By Tim Saunders | Dec 05, 2018, 08:41 AM
Although the basic appeal of Qantas Lifetime Gold is Gold status for the rest of your life, it takes a lot of flying and a lot of loyalty to Qantas which is of course the whole idea. But I reckon it would be good if Qantas offered something more than just a Lifetime Gold frequent flyer card, some extra 'perks' beyond what any QFF Gold member would get on an annual basis. What does everybody here think?
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By MRYJDrake | Dec 05, 2018, 08:53 AM
Forgive my ignorance, but to clarify:
Are you asking about what extra perks a Lifetime Gold member could get, other than being Gold for the remaining duration of their lifetime?

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By Tim Saunders | Dec 05, 2018, 08:57 AM
More like what else Qantas should give them, if anything else, other than 'just' a lifetime of Gold.
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By QFP1 | Dec 05, 2018, 08:59 AM
It's not a bad idea, it took me a long time to reach Lifetime Gold and although I'm now Platinum or Platinum One every year it would be nice to see something else from QF Loyalty for LTG members. Maybe they could get one free complimentary invite to the Qantas First Lounge each year? That would be a pretty nice bonus.
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By patrickk | Dec 05, 2018, 10:05 AM
It takes around 15-20 years at gold to get LTG and then you have it for you retirement, a time of life when hanging around airports loses its appeal. That is not a bad 'perk' in itself!!!
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By Rufus1 | Dec 05, 2018, 11:36 AM
I'd suggest a reduced qualification requirement for platinum - either at or below the requalification level. Same would make sense for lifetime silver, moving to gold.

Anyone at that level has done a lot of flying. And if they're just falling short of platinum in in any case, having lifetime gold status doesn't mean anything.

Alternatively, how about letting them keep platinum for 2 years, rather than requalifying every year?

Last edited by Rufus1 at Dec 05, 2018, 11.38 AM.
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By GBRGB | Dec 05, 2018, 02:59 PM
I would envisage that as the rate of LTG passengers climb QF would probably look at reducing perks rather than increasing it, like scrapping lounge access for LTG travelling on Jetstar would be a logical start.
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By kimshep | Dec 05, 2018, 03:38 PM

Gee GBRGB,

I can see the email from QF now :-) …

"Dear xxxx,

Congratulations on achieving Lifetime Gold status with Qantas. In order to recognise your commitment and the substantial amount of travel you have undertaken over the past xx years with Qantas, we are reducing the benefits you currently enjoy (compared to Annual Gold) and removing access to benefit xyz."

Common sense indicates that there would be no incentive whatsoever for the newbie to want to reach for LTG status, under your comment. Under current rules, QF is simply doing the absolute minimum (same benefit of annual Gold) … but for life, without any further acknowledgement or reward. Same thing for LTS. This results in absolutely no cost to QF - in the hope that they retain your continued revenue travel. There's an old cliché … something about familiarity breeding contempt.

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By donatello | Dec 05, 2018, 04:04 PM
I think the perk here is Gold/Sapphire status forever even if you never fly with Qantas ever again. Translated means lifetime free lounge membership and other Sapphire perks when flying on Qantas or their OW alliance partners. In my own case (for example), now that I work in the USA: lifetime free baggage (2 x 50 lbs) and lounge access (Admirals and Flagship) when I travel on American Airlines.
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By patrickk | Dec 05, 2018, 04:57 PM
I am currently platinum and should be for the next couple of years (double status bonuses permitting) but after that LTG enables a sampling of JAL and Cathay or even Finnair just to name three. Not a bad ‘perk’ at all.
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By markpk | Dec 05, 2018, 07:13 PM
I'd suggest a reduced qualification requirement for platinum - either at or below the requalification level. Same would make sense for lifetime silver, moving to gold.

Anyone at that level has done a lot of flying. And if they're just falling short of platinum in in any case, having lifetime gold status doesn't mean anything.

Alternatively, how about letting them keep platinum for 2 years, rather than requalifying every year?

Last edited by Rufus1 at Dec 05, 2018, 11.38 AM.

Great suggestions Rufus1.

I've had LTG for a long time and have been platinum for close to 10 years but changed my role last year to join a scale up - and dropped Platinum because my travel was scaled back for 6m - missed the renewal target last year but would make it this year if renewing Platinum vs requalifying...
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By Steve987 | Dec 05, 2018, 08:06 PM
There was a thread on this a couple of years back from memory.

My view is that qantas needs to do something to give LTS and LTG a reason to fly with it instead of another OW airline. I am LTS and the one pass a year won’t be the difference if that is where I finish up (likely) as it means I’ll need to leave my wife at the door (not a smart move before a long haul in economy!). Giving four business lounge passes that can only be used on Qantas flights makes a lot of sense. Similarly for LTG - four first class lounge passes but only if flying Qantas.

I reckon they could also apply the next band up for points bonus on QF flights. Ie LTS would get the 75% bonus, LTG would get the 100%.

I also like Rufus1’s suggestion.
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By EdS | Dec 05, 2018, 08:15 PM
Platinum for 7 years and LTG for 2 years, enjoying every flight. I wonder how may LTGs and QPs there are?
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By drgmarshall | Dec 05, 2018, 10:17 PM
I made LTG in about 12 years of travel in early 40s. Probably a lot of folks do. I still had 20+ years of busines travel at that time. I still have 10 to go; and all it meant for loyalty to me is that I immediately dropped Qantas as my 1st preference and jumped across to Air NZ and Star Alliance for flights possible. There's no benefit to me in continuing to chase status ith Qantas as they don't give lifetime Platinu.
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By PB57 | Dec 06, 2018, 11:34 AM
I achieved LTG about 15 years ago. I’m now in my early 60s and am retired. I appreciate the lounge access when traveling the world with my wife. I think the benefits are a win-win for QF and for me. My first airline choice is QF because of the lounge status and associated benefits.
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By Bob.B | Dec 07, 2018, 03:50 PM
A relatively easy perk would be reducing the Platinum retention from 1,200 to 600 status credits. As they effectively have reached gold already (ie 600 points) so another 600 to Platinum. This would at least set an achievable loyalty target for LTG members who may not fly as much as they use to.
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