Qantas status credits are normally given as a reward for flying with the Roo and its alliance partners, and help you climb the ladder to Silver, Gold and even Platinum frequent flyer status – but thanks to ANZ, there’s also a sneaky way you can earn some bonus status credits through your credit card.
Meet the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa, offering 75 bonus status credits to cardholders who apply before September 30 2017, are approved and then book and take any return Qantas flight by January 31 2018 on any fare that ordinarily earns status credits.
That covers all paid return bookings – whether on the highest-level business class fares or the lowest-cost economy tickets – although not flights secured using frequent flyer points: so even if you have points to spare, purchase your ticket with money this time around using your ANZ Visa.
In return, you’ll get those 75 bonus status credits atop the status credits you’d normally earn from flying: so if you took a quick return trip from Sydney to Melbourne on a Red eDeal economy fare, you’d earn 20 status credits the ‘normal’ way, and a bonus 75 status credits on top.
Certainly, 75 status credits aren’t enough to elevate you to Gold or Platinum alone, but could prove useful for travellers maintaining an existing status tier, or who are close to reaching the next tier and might not otherwise get across the line.
If your frequent flyer membership year has just begun, that status credit boost is also a great way to kick things off ahead of an upcoming year of busy travel – and these bonus status credits contribute to your ‘lifetime status’ tally also, making you one step closer to Lifetime Silver or Lifetime Gold.
Just realise that you won’t earn bonus status credits from your ongoing ANZ credit card spend: this is a one-off sign-up offer for eligible new customers, rather than an continuing deal: but you will earn one Qantas Point per dollar spent up to $7,500 per month, and 0.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent thereafter.
New customers who apply, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first three months can also earn 75,000 Bonus Qantas Points: enough for a return business class flight between Australia’s east coast and New Zealand with Qantas or Emirates (plus taxes and fees).
ANZ’s Frequent Flyer Black Visa is currently the only credit card in the Australian market to offer Qantas status credits in addition to Qantas Points for new applicants.