How to get Qantas Lifetime Gold status

How to get Qantas Lifetime Gold status

This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel.

Lifetime Gold status with the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the goal of many business travellers and high flyers, and with good reason.

It means you get all of those prized perks of a Gold-grade member – such as priority check-in, a more generous checked baggage allowance, airport lounge access, bonus points and a higher spot in the pecking order for upgrades – for the rest of your life.

Forget about trying to re-qualify each and every year: once you have enough status credits for Lifetime Gold, that card and its many benefits are yours to enjoy for a lifetime, regardless of how often you fly.

Of course, you'll also enjoy similar benefits on all other airlines in the Oneworld alliance for the rest of your life, such as access to the business class lounges of British Airways, Cathay Pacific, JAL, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and more, even when you're flying economy.

Qantas Lifetime Gold status is clearly a goal worth pursuing, so here's how to map out your strategy to get there.

Earning Qantas Lifetime Gold status

Earning Qantas Gold status for a single year requires 700 status credits to get your first Gold card, and then 600 status credits each year after that to keep it.

But while your annual status credit count is wiped clean at the start of each membership year, the total number of status credits accumulated across the life of your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership is your tally for lifetime status.

To reach Lifetime Gold you'll need 14,000 status credits. And make no mistake, that's a lot of flying.

Smile: you're on your way to earning Qantas Lifetime Gold...

It’s the equivalent of 175 business class return trips between Sydney and Melbourne; 59 return business class treks between Sydney and Singapore; or 25 return business class jaunts to London (all when travelling with Qantas on a QF flight number).

Naturally, a frequent international traveller who typically flies in business class or first class will find it easier – and faster – to reach Lifetime Gold than somebody primarily flying within Australia on the lowest-cost economy class fares, which earn far fewer status credits.

Lifetime Gold: is it reachable within your lifetime?

Begin by checking your lifetime status progress via the Qantas website: login using your frequent flyer details, head to the Your Account page, scroll down and click on “show additional status information” underneath the paper aeroplane icons:

In the example above, this traveller's 4,370 lifetime status credits peg him as roughly one-third of the way to Lifetime Gold.

A harsh reality is that only the most frequent travellers will ever ascend to the ranks of Lifetime Gold, so before you embark on the long journey, doing a few quick sums now can save much disappointment later.

Let’s say you’re a high flyer in your mid-30s with a lifetime balance of around 4,000 status credits. You plan to do most of your business travel over the next five years before winding things back to spend more time at home.

To reach Lifetime Gold by the end of that five-year period you’d need to earn an average of 2,000 status credits every year. If that's do-able, then go for it.

However, if you’re the type who just scrapes 600 status credits each year to retain year-on-year Gold status, you’d need to keep that up for just over 15 years (assuming you also start with 4,000 lifetime status credits under your belt) to reach your target. That's a much tougher ask, so be realistic about your expectations.

(As a fall back, Lifetime Silver membership is yours after racking up a total of 7,000 status credits, but the relatively meagre benefits such as priority check-in and a single Qantas lounge pass each year make this more of a 'mile marker' on the road to Lifetime Gold than a goal in its own right.)

Can you fast-track to Lifetime Gold?

Status credits, not frequent flyer points, are the key to Lifetime Gold - so every time you book a flight, consider all of your options and how those options will affect your haul of status credits.

For example, Qantas 'flexible' fares in economy, premium economy and business class earn up to twice as many status credits as lower-priced tickets although they don’t necessarily cost twice as much (and they're often better suited to business travellers and their changeable schedules).

You'll end up with a higher number of status credits per dollar spent (and per flight), which makes flexi fares particularly useful if a client is picking up the bill.

Your choice of airline and flight number is also important: you’ll generally earn the highest number of status credits on flights booked via Qantas (with a QF flight number) and a reduced number of status credits on flights booked via partner airlines.

Book a journey directly with Emirates under an EK flight number, for instance, and you’ll actually earn no status credits at all (along with a much smaller serve of frequent flyer points).

Read: How to max your Qantas frequent flyer points, status credits on Emirates flights

Another notable example: a Malaysia Airlines business class ticket from Australia earns Qantas status credits at the much lower economy rate.

Malaysia Airlines business class earns status credits only at economy rates...

The gap becomes more noticeable on longer trips such as between Sydney and Paris: a business class journey with Qantas partner Emirates on QF flight numbers nets a solid 560 status credits, but choosing to fly the same route with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong returns a lower 360 status credits.

Also keep your eyes peeled for any bonus status credit deals which may land in your inbox from time to time: there's typically an extra 50% or even 100%  of status credits if you book within the promotion period, even if the flights are up to a year in advance.

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

93 comments

  • Mark77

    Mark77

    1 Jul, 2016 10:43 am

    I'm not sure that this article says much more than any gold flyer would know already. everyone knows more expensive flights  get more status credits, and that Qantas emails you special status credit offers.

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    1 Jul, 2016 10:59 am

    You'd be surprised to learn how many frequent flyers know very little about the frequent flyer program they're enrolled in – and while some readers on this site are very knowledgeable in that regard and we write some higher-level articles from time to time tailored to those readers, this article (like much of what we write) is positioned at a mainstream audience, comprised of those many people who aren't as clued-in as you are.

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  • S

    S

    1 Jul, 2016 11:37 am

    So true!

    One of the guys at the office made it to P1. He had no idea there was a higher status than Gold. (Let alone that he must've previously been Plat)

    Some people are regular commuters to Europe in J and have very little knowledge about their FF program

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    1 Jul, 2016 10:47 am

    To achive Lifetime Gold one has to attain and retain Gold for (14,000 - 100)/600 = 23.16 years.

    To achieve Lifetime Gold in a more realistc timeframe one has to attain and retain Platinum for (14,000 - 200)/1,200 = 11.5 years.

    What's the likelihood of a Platinum members of 11.5 years standing to be contented with Lifetime Gold, when he/she would have tasted the benefits of First Class lounges and other perks of Platinum/Emerald?

    Is there a way for QFF to earn Lifetime Platinum? No. So what's the value proposition here, when the lifetime offering is a step down?

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  • GregXL

    GregXL

    1 Jul, 2016 01:47 pm

    When your travelling decreases, a soft landing at Lifetime Gold is better than descending to bronze. At the same time QF offers little incentive to earn status points for its members that are at Lifetime Gold, but cannot maintain Platinum status.  There was speculation that with the introduction of P1 status, there was a case for offering Lifetime Platinum.

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  • AJW

    AJW

    1 Jul, 2016 06:31 pm

    Not quite sure your question/point?

    I made LTG over 20 years. I went from lifetime silver to gold over a 4 year period I lived in London.

    My travel patterns now won't get me seeing platinum again, so rather happy to have LTG as the fallback for those 4 intensive years (and the previous 16 not so intensive years)

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  • zoomzoom

    zoomzoom

    5 Dec, 2018 03:54 pm

    Oh so true...........and not mentioned is the high cost of QF fares and the often 2nd grade product compared to other carriers, more comfortable, more convenient routes and timetable and very often cheaper.

    As a loyalty hook it doesn't make the grade.
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  • Bavarian

    Bavarian

    5 Dec, 2018 05:13 pm

    That's exactly my issue with QF - I considered BA's lifetime Emerald, but do they offer kind of a fast track, looking at my lifetime QF Gold?
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  • markpk

    markpk

    1 Jul, 2016 10:52 am

    Chris, quick clarification question...

    Even with Lifetime Gold don't you need to do a minimum of 4 sectors per year to retain?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    1 Jul, 2016 10:55 am

    Nope – once you have Lifetime Gold, it's yours for life.

    Of course, if you hope to attain or retain Platinum status or higher in individual years, you still need to meet the regular requirements of that higher status (including the minimum sector requirements).

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  • readosunnycoast

    readosunnycoast

    1 Jul, 2016 10:59 am

    Up the pecking order for Lifetime Gold is a complete joke. I have been lifetime Gold for about 5 or six years now. There are probably 20 or 30,000 people who are Platimum or Chairman who are alwyas in front of you.  I looked for something BNE>>HKG>>BNE in business next March (yes nine months away). I couldn't find anything buit it didnt really matter because I am still waiting two weeks after cancelling a flight from JFK for the points to be refunded.  Getting into the Qantas Club IS a benefit but not much of one. What WAS a teriffic LOYALTY scheme is now justa way of selling economy tickets to banks to bestow on their customers.  I gave up defaulting to QF about 4 yaers ago, swapping opver to Virgin as I knew there was no chance of advancing on a long term basis on Gold with QF.

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    1 Jul, 2016 11:06 am

    Hi readosunnycoast, just to clarify, what you're referring to above is outright award bookings on Qantas flights rather than upgrade priority after booking Qantas flights with money and using points to upgrade, which is what we've referred to in the article.

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  • 1Worldfreqflyer

    1Worldfreqflyer

    5 Dec, 2018 03:26 pm

    I couldn't agree more. I am LTG and Platinum but this year due to personal reasons I have not been able to retain the 1200 points required to continue as Platinum. QF just informed me that all the extra status points I had earned over and above the 1200 last year will neither be taken into account not considered to review extending my platinum status for next year. Other than access to first class lounges, fast track service at airports where it is available and excess luggage with all Oneworld carriers I have not seen any other benefits, not once have I been offered an upgrade on any international flight from economy to biz or from biz to first class, being Platinum is all too common and nothing special, much contrary to what Qantas claims as they (in my opinion) don't really care about their 'customer experience' and will only go out of their way if you are a member of their Chairman's Lounge which, we all know, is only reserved for and offered to politicians, ambassadors and people from business and leaders who do not necessarily support Qantas. I know one such member whose company is on contract with Singapore Airlines yet he was offered Chairman's Lounge status and only uses it for personal long haul flights once a year with his family, so someone do tell me how fair is this loyalty program?!!!!!
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  • Tasclean

    Tasclean

    5 Dec, 2018 04:05 pm

    Know what u mean Readosunnycoast - theres a resentment to knowing there are thousands ahead of you in the pecking order for upgrades/points bookings, and those same thousands on any day enjoying dom biz class and Intl F lounge that your long-laboured lifetime status won’t provide...
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  • GBRGB

    GBRGB

    1 Jul, 2016 12:30 pm

    Wouldn't points plus pay be one way of effectively buying status credits, if someone has a heap of points and is a liitle short of lifetime gold and travel is slowing, if I read it  right points plus pay still earn status credits I believe.

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  • Mark77

    Mark77

    1 Jul, 2016 02:01 pm

    yes if you're willing to "burn" points as the value of points are much less in point plus pay but there is the significant advantage of earning status credits as opposed to reward flights

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  • maabbot

    maabbot

    1 Jul, 2016 01:23 pm

    I was made lifetime gold some years ago...just checked my balance now...I have ~36,000  status credits...given life silver @7k; gold @14k... how about Plat @28k?

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  • 11sjw

    11sjw

    1 Jul, 2016 03:38 pm

    No there has never been a Lifetime Plat level.

    Start crediting to AA if you're happy at Gold or post retaining platinum if you're still travelling regularly.

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  • maabbot

    maabbot

    1 Jul, 2016 04:53 pm

    that's my point I suppose...why dont they have life time Platinium...it would logically kick in at 28k status credits.

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  • stoll

    stoll

    1 Jul, 2016 02:09 pm

    Can anyone tell me please when status credits were introduced and if there was any recognition of flights prior to their introduction for the purpose of calculting lifetime Gold?

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  • JacobW

    JacobW

    1 Jul, 2016 02:41 pm

    Would the extra SCs earned from the double SC campaigns count towards lifetime gold?

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    1 Jul, 2016 02:49 pm

    Yep – any status credits you've earned in any way are counted.

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  • eddies

    eddies

    6 Dec, 2018 09:56 pm

    Except for those 50 loyalty bonus SC you can choose instead of a points boost, every 500 SCs you reach. Those 50 bonuses are great for requalifying, but don’t unfortunately contribute to Lifetime.
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  • zoomzoom

    zoomzoom

    1 Jul, 2016 03:03 pm

    Yes, and can you be sure that after years of chasing the goal QF won't change the rules? Live for the day, book the flight that works best for you and offers the best value.

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  • Mark Ward

    mjward555

    1 Jul, 2016 03:14 pm

    When I converted from QF to VA my biggest concern was I could not find a lifetime benefit with VA. Is this still the case. As a PT member, but only scraping in each year, I think it would be great to reach gold status for life.

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  • William G

    William G

    1 Jul, 2016 03:58 pm

    I have been Platinum for the last 10 years and Lifetime Gold for the past 5 years.

    I cannot understand what the fuss is all about. Qantas does not give any special treatment in recognition-in fact I feel they look upon me as been a fool for flying with them; they already are aware of my stupidity (loyalty), so why try to accomodate me with non paying upgrades as an example etc?

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  • John Prior

    JohnP

    1 Jul, 2016 04:02 pm

    I am about to go from Platinum to Lifetime Gold.  

    Will Lifetime Gold have me higher up the pecking order for upgrades, F/Flyer Rewards etc, than normal Gold?

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  • William G

    William G

    1 Jul, 2016 04:14 pm

    It should however it hasn't work me but good luck anyway!

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  • GregXL

    GregXL

    1 Jul, 2016 05:12 pm

    I think your situation is probably the most common (Platinum aquiring Lifetime Gold).  It makes no difference while you continue to earn status points at Plat or Gold level.  It is only if you reduce your flying with QF that you will see some benefit.  It got me into a CX lounge earlier this year ! 

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  • Jonnie

    Jonnie

    1 Jul, 2016 05:25 pm

    Don't you get all these perks and more by purchasing Business and First class tickets?  That seems to me to be the easier way amd how I get them.

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  • Mal

    Mal

    1 Jul, 2016 06:52 pm

    Yes you'll get Gold perks by purchasing business class fares but those last only for as a long as you're flying business class. If you end up flying economy or premium economy, forget about lounge access etc. Jonnie, if you are always flying business or first you definitely want to be in a QFF member so you can start earning those status credits to get lifetime Gold or one day you may look back and wish you'd done so!

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  • quick_dry

    quick_dry

    2 Jul, 2016 12:12 am

    status also nets benefits when things go wrong - most elite statuses have their own call centre number but business/first class ticket holders join the regular call queue. At the end of the day - if you're already flying you might as well get something extra, you never know when you might only be able to fly economy class on a flight and need/want your usual business class perks that status would give.

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  • patrickk

    patrickk

    2 Jul, 2016 02:10 pm

    Lifetime Gold is really about retirement travel for those used to the pointy end paid for by someone else. I have been a member since 1992 and will get lifetime gold in the the next 2-3 years when I am heading to retirement. Perfect I can find cheaper tickets on  wider range of airline and still have shorter queues and lounge access not to mention the odd upgrade (for the QF flights).

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  • Dale

    hakkinen5

    2 Jul, 2016 02:40 pm

    The article mentions about the 1 free qantas club pass per year with lifetime silver. I remember another thread on here a few years ago where it was discussed that you only get that pass as you requalify for silver each year, but once you make lifetime silver, you are no longer offerred that pass once a year. It's actually a disadvantage of becoming LTS. Has that now changed?

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  • Doubleplatinum

    Doubleplatinum
    Banned

    3 Jul, 2016 10:11 pm

    Negative, I'm LTS and get the passes still in the mail

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  • grov

    grov

    4 Dec, 2018 06:20 pm

    I'm QP Life and Lifteime Silver, so I don't receive any passes. So you are correct in one particular case.
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  • airADL

    airADL

    3 Jul, 2016 10:35 am

    I am happy with LTG

    I have never paid for QF Club and appreciate the lounges overseas and here in Australia. I see that as bonus. If you fly at the right time form Asia you will get free upgrades.

    Lounges have got better and so has the overall experience on QF.

    Oneworld LTG is a bonus also

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    5 Jul, 2016 08:21 am

    The prize is Lifetime Oneworld Emerald. 

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  • airADL

    airADL

    5 Jul, 2016 09:11 am

    For me never to pay for Q Club ever has been the prize.

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    5 Jul, 2016 09:24 am

    Horses for courses. But as a retention tool I wonder about its effectiveness. I still find the audience that this is pitched at a bit muddled. Seems like a throwback from another time before the great strides in First Class offerings...

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  • Bengo

    Bengo

    13 Jul, 2016 05:00 pm

    When will Virgin Australia be adding this lifetime status program and will they allow for points gianed since membership retrospectively? 

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  • trevor

    trevor

    13 Jul, 2016 11:58 pm

    One wonders where in the upgrade pecking order LTGs sit. Whether they are above or below 'paying' Golds. Does anyone know?

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  • EdS

    EdS

    21 Jul, 2016 12:07 pm

    Sorry to leap in at this stage. I am Platinum going for LTG in the next 18 months and Platinum again next year. I joined in 2001 but only intensive travel in the last 5 years.  I am looking forward to LTG but Gold is no problem, but at least it takes out the worry.  I have been in the Sydney F lounge many times and appreciate the environment and food so I can work in comfort after a hard few days in Australia. (I live in NZ). Travel next week is to Glasgow Scotland with EK via Dubai on a QF ticket.  The EK F lounge in Dubai is soemthing else. Been there once before, just not enough time between flights.

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  • Slippery Pete

    Slippery Pete

    4 Dec, 2016 03:19 pm

    What does lifetime gold actually mean when it comes to the on-plane experience?  Are you called out like Platinum and above members by flight attendants at service time?  Or are you just regarded as an ordinary gold member?  I have almost 8000 status credits of almost 7 years of solid air travel and I'm in my early 40s.  Would love to get it.
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  • AJW

    AJW

    5 Dec, 2018 05:55 pm

    It’s just bog standard gold in the air. It just never expires.

    Though hard to know if true or not but I was once told that when it comes to upgrade precedence LTG comes before yearly gold. So might be one thing.

    The main benifit is to people like me who spent years flying but have now slowed down.
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  • bert

    bert

    20 Dec, 2016 07:13 am

    Have 8500 status credits, also looking forward to the privilege of getting lifetime gold status. Not looking forward to moving down from Platinum in the later years. Got a taste of the difference this year when a Qantas flight attendant was very aggressive towards me during the boarding process, almost got my carry on thrown at me.  Got the royal suck up treatment the rest of the flight after no doubting doing the check of the seats of the frequent flyers post takeoff.
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  • PK

    PK

    20 Dec, 2016 08:12 am

    My two cents worth, for people who want these things for later in life leisure travel.  Only shoot for these goals if they are a happy by product of flying that you would do anyway and which someone else is paying for.  The airline industry is one of the most unstable in the world.  This does not just mean survival of airlines, but the nature of products, routes and services each airline offers change markedly over time, as do the "alliances" or "relationships" they are in.  Do not waste your own money trying to acquire status credits in a product or service that may, or probably will not offer in 20 years what you think it will now.  Save or invest that money, and if you are fortunate later in life and want to take the occasional leisure trip, buy a cheap business class airfare with an airline that will take you where you wish to holiday.  Airlines are so advanced in determining their load factors now that as "Lifetime Gold" you will always get your clock cleaned by a Chairman's Lounge member.  Trust me, unless you have lived in the CL world, or know somebody who has, you do not know how much better they get treated than an "ordinary" FF.  Even then, there are 1000s and 1000s of Plats out there.  Even a low priced business class fare will have you guaranteed of a spot on the plane, lounge access and decent service, on the airline that can take you where you want to go at any particular point in time.
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  • tuzza1

    tuzza1

    20 Dec, 2016 09:23 am

    I have more than 28000 status credits but still have to qualify each year for platinum. It seems strange and a little unfair that QF dont give life platinum .
    Especially considering that there are now 2 levels above. Plat' one and captains club
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  • dpt21

    dpt21

    20 Dec, 2016 10:07 am

    Actually, there's only one. Platinum One. "Chairmans Lounge" is by invite only and is not based on flying. It's for 'captains of industry', politicians and celebrities. People who control $1m plus p/a travel budgets may also be considered if anecdotal evidence is to be believed. Every member must be signed off by the Chairman of Qantas, and membership numbers are strictly capped. 
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  • Bengo

    Bengo

    20 Dec, 2016 09:52 am

    Qantas used to be the Best airline in the world but they've lost it - when Virgin Australia bring lifetime status on board guess where I am going! Yes, I am a Lifetime Gold FF with Q
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  • drgmarshall

    drgmarshall

    20 Dec, 2016 10:34 am

    I achieved Lifetime Gold about 4-5 years ago but have retained Platinum so I've not got the card yet. I stopped flying Qantas in January 2016 and will default down to Lifetime Gold in July 2017. I really cannot see the logic in Qantas NOT setting a lifetime Platinum level as once the gold card is in the pocket, there's really not much point continuing to fly with them. I switched to Air NZ and am now "Elite" level with them (for Star Alliance benefits) and will retain the Lifetime Gold card for flights on One World network. I think Qantas have really missed a trick here and lost my spend of about $75,000 per year. If they had lifetime Platinum I'd probably have kept going for several more years. I'm 52 now and have at least 8 years business flying ahead. then the retirement flying will start. I'm sure there must be a lot of frequent flyers in a similar spot.
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  • mviy

    mviy

    20 Dec, 2016 11:56 am

    Seeing they don't want to give LTP it would be good if they gave some benefits for continued loyalty to flying QF at higher lifetime status tallies or at discounted rates for continued flying on QF marketed and operated flights after reaching LTG. Things like reduced number of SC to get WP (provided QF marketed and QF operated) or a QANTAS first class lounge invitation after so much QF flying, partner gold etc. could all make a difference.

    Until/unless the market puts pressure on them to do so I think there's unlikely to be any change. LTG is as good as it gets on QF for lifetime loyalty.
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  • Dave Burrows

    ConMon

    22 Dec, 2016 05:41 pm

    12670 lifetime status credits. 18 months and I'm there.
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  • Bill

    QF_ALT

    2 Jul, 2017 01:48 pm

    Some interesting comments. Have accrued around 30,000 status credits but haven't - for 15 yrs (and wouldn't) by choice fly QF long haul. Very occasionally I'm on a CX/JAL/BA or AY ticket and unfortunate enough to get one QF sector. It's enough to reinforce my resolve do dodge the Red Roo wherever possible. LTG came my way about 10 yrs ago and to be frank it's of little value while retaining the black card. The point I am making is that even without selecting a QF flight number, it is relatively simple to accrue around 2,000+ SCs p/a. There seems to be a disproportionate OW SC earn on sectors not operated by QF. Check out for example NRT/HND to Europe or HK to HEL then HEL to anywhere in Eu. It may be an hour or two longer but any flight with CX or JAL eclipses QF.

    The really interesting thing though is that QF can clearly see my activity and, that my long haul spend is overwhelmingly with other carriers. Do their "loyalty" people ever call to see why?........................crickets!
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  • Ratt Ruang

    CitizenF

    5 Dec, 2018 03:51 pm

    Compring to SQ, TG or even AA, Qantas loyalty people - their FF department - in Auckland was the most ignorant and inactive FF team that I used to experience. I was so wondered where Qantas recruitment got these people from.

    As same as you I always did my best to other airlines when it comes to long haul ones. QF cannot compete with other airlines. Domestic - there is no other decent option.
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  • nathanp

    nathanp

    16 Jul, 2017 02:27 am

    LTG offers no real incentives to remain loyal to Qantas. At a minimum requalification to Platinum should be 1200 SCs not 1400. 
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  • John Phelan

    John Phelan

    4 Dec, 2018 02:23 pm

    Requalification to Plat is 1,200 SCs. It's only 1,400 to attain it the first time, then 1,200 each year to retain it.
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  • AJW

    AJW

    16 Jul, 2017 06:33 am

    That really depends upon ones flying habits and personal circumstance. 

    At the peak of my flying I would have agreeded with you. I was earning 2000SC's per year so made platinum 6 years running and held for 8 so gold meant nothing abciously. 

    But now I am very grateful I have LTG because my job has changed to the extent I rarely fly international business for work anymore. My flying is mostly domestic Y and having LTG means a lounge and few other perks which is enough to keep me from flying Virgin. 
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  • Dave Burrows

    ConMon

    3 Jan, 2018 01:05 pm

    I am that close, I can just about smell it

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  • petdav

    petdav

    9 Aug, 2018 12:17 am

    Have over 40,000 SC's, been LTG for approx 10 years. Not flying as much now retired and yes, grateful for LTG. However, the flights and loyalty required to achieve that number of status credits deserves a Lifetime Platinum (IMO)
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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    4 Dec, 2018 11:08 am

    As I only earn between 600-700 status credits annually, I am pleased I signed up for lifetime QC membership back in the day, as reaching lifetime gold is unlikely.
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  • Siddharth Raja

    sid

    4 Dec, 2018 11:17 am

    How much did you pay for that Mightyreds?
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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    4 Dec, 2018 02:17 pm

    Around $4500 in mid 2000's. Great value I believe.
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  • grov

    grov

    4 Dec, 2018 06:47 pm

    Only paid around $2k for my Senior QP life. Good value at the time as I was still doing a lot of overseas flying in cattle class.
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  • Mark

    Mightyreds

    4 Dec, 2018 07:37 pm

    Yeah as Virgin do now, Qantas also offered senor pricing if you were 55 or 60, for obvious reasons. I was 25 at the time, so it was a no brainer to sign up to life. They also got rid of life memberships not long after this.
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  • maabbot

    maabbot

    4 Dec, 2018 11:58 am

    I have just over 40,000 status credits...Why doesn't Qantas offer lifetime platinum. This could be achieved at 28,000 SCs noting silver is 7,000, Gold 14,000...
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  • airADL

    airADL

    4 Dec, 2018 11:59 am

    Ltg is fantastic
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  • mviy

    mviy

    4 Dec, 2018 12:40 pm

    Not even half way there. Would love to get LTG but it seems so far away at the moment.
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  • Himeno

    Himeno

    4 Dec, 2018 04:11 pm

    I joined QFF in 2006. Got LTS in 2010 and LTG in 2012. Then the changes to earn rates ("Simpler and Fairer" and later non QF earning halved) slowed my SC earning.
    Currently on around 24k live time SCs.
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  • Tallfont

    Tallfont

    4 Dec, 2018 04:21 pm

    I just made Lifetime Silver after 20 years of flying! I have been on Platinum for the last few years and got mighty close to P1 on a couple of occasions.
    The trick is obviously to stick with the one airline which is the whole aim of them offering it.
    I now wish I had chosen QF over ANZ for 40 round trips PER>AKL>WLG in 2009-11. I would certainly have been real close to LTG now!
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  • Marcia Victoria Cavanagh

    Toria

    4 Dec, 2018 05:21 pm

    I have been a QFF member for 19 years and was Silver for about half that time, with no idea what benefits came with Gold and above. That all changed 2 years ago when after a double status class flight, I reached Gold. I am now Platinum with LTS possible within the next 12 months. I am retired, but with the help of double status credit Qantas flights I am hoping to get LTG within the next 7 years. My travel has only been for leisure, but international travel has been in business class.
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  • petdav

    petdav

    4 Dec, 2018 05:44 pm

    41,157 Lifetime Status Credits, an additional 843 SC's and I'll have 3 x LTG's. Alas!!......still no sign of a Lifetime Platinum Status.
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  • Ratt Ruang

    CitizenF

    5 Dec, 2018 04:01 pm

    I am waiting for that as well. However, it seems to be hopeless.

    I would definitely sign the letter with anyone who wants initiate a talk with Alan Joyce about this issue.

    Qantas needs to rethink thoroughly about its recognition to its most loyal customers, not just to concentrate on CL.
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  • GBRGB

    GBRGB

    4 Dec, 2018 07:03 pm

    I always wonder why QF don’t allow LTS to upgrade to LTG for a $$ fee or points, if they looked at the cost of providing a pax with a million points worth of flights to the business why not allow the points to be used to move to LTG.
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  • EdS

    EdS

    5 Dec, 2018 06:46 am

    Since my post in 2016 I achieved LTG, but still maintain QP. I fly exclusively economy and usually Red-e deals or saver with an occasional long haul to Europe. It's hard work and need to fly trans Tasman at least twice a month with an Australian domestic tagged on. I was also in the position of the company paying for QC but it hasn't done since I achieved Gold early on. I absolutely relish the the lounge access, seating at the front and selecting seating before flying without having to pay. I was once ANZ Gold Elite for a year, at a time when I would fly any airline, but more extensive travel in Australia meant Qantas was the best choice (post Ansett and before ANZ codeshared with Virgin), so essentially I am stuck with Qantas.
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  • Noel Niddrie

    ntn001

    5 Dec, 2018 03:23 pm

    Quick question: I'm 200 status from lifetime Gold and was wondering, do they send a special kit when you attain it? ie: bag tags, specially marked FFCard, etc?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    5 Dec, 2018 03:26 pm

    I'm not aware of any 'special' baggage tags (beyond the regular Gold kit), although the next time you receive a Gold frequent flyer card, the expiry date printed will be "lifetime".

    (If you're currently Platinum or higher, you'll keep getting the higher-tier card with that tier's expiry date on it, but when you drop to Gold, you'll get a "lifetime" card.)

    If your status goes up as a result of achieving LTG (from Bronze or Silver), you'll get the LTG card immediately, and I believe if you're already Gold, you'll get the LTG card when your current yearly membership period expires (as your current card will still serve you until its expiry date).

    You can see a photo of an older Lifetime Gold card in one of our previous articles, albeit in an older design.

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  • Noel Niddrie

    ntn001

    5 Dec, 2018 03:28 pm

    Unfortunately, I got my tags when a lowly silver so would love Gold Bag Tags in any event (humiliating to travel as Platinum with silver tags lol)
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  • AJW

    AJW

    5 Dec, 2018 05:58 pm

    Odd you didn’t get platinum tags when you attained that level.

    Unless things have changed you got tags and a new card every time you moved up a tier.
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  • Noel Niddrie

    ntn001

    6 Dec, 2018 02:16 am

    Nope. Wish it happened. Platinum for 3/4 years and only have silver tags. Oh well. Hoping for Gold when I get to LTG.
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  • worldwanderer

    worldwanderer

    8 Dec, 2018 05:15 pm

    ntn001
    When my bag tags were severely damaged by LH when I was overseas last year, I rang QF and they sent me a new set gratis compatible to my current status.
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  • 1Worldfreqflyer

    1Worldfreqflyer

    5 Dec, 2018 03:27 pm

    I am LTG and Platinum but this year due to personal reasons I have not been able to retain the 1200 points required to continue as Platinum. QF just informed me that all the extra status points I had earned over and above the 1200 last year will neither be taken into account not considered to review extending my platinum status for next year. Other than access to first class lounges, fast track service at airports where it is available and excess luggage with all Oneworld carriers I have not seen any other benefits, not once have I been offered an upgrade on any international flight from economy to biz or from biz to first class, being Platinum is all too common and nothing special, much contrary to what Qantas claims as they (in my opinion) don't really care about their 'customer experience' and will only go out of their way if you are a member of their Chairman's Lounge which, we all know, is only reserved for and offered to politicians, ambassadors and people from business and leaders who do not necessarily support Qantas. I know one such member whose company is on contract with Singapore Airlines yet he was offered Chairman's Lounge status and only uses it for personal long haul flights once a year with his family, so someone do tell me how fair is this loyalty program?!!!!!

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  • Ratt Ruang

    CitizenF

    5 Dec, 2018 04:32 pm

    I completely agree with every single word you said 1Worldfreqflyer. Very well said indeed. QF doesn’t care at all abtits G or P. Luckily that it offers something to P1. However, compared to those CL, P1 is just a bit better than nothing for QF. One P1 I knew have generated more than 150,000 aud annually for himself and his family on QF, but still, he is of course lower than CL.
    To gain LTG or P card is fine, but to expect any noticeable extraordinary benefits from QF is too naive, I would say. If more QF customers get chances to be top FF, or even Silver of other Asian airlines like TG or SQ or CX or EK, they will realise how good QF actually is, then start to change their programs to those airlines if they have a chance.

    Unless you are CL (which you don’t need to soend money to get it), QFFF program is not worthwhile to focus on and spend more money to get or to keep them continually for so many years.

    Being P and P1 for many years, but not LTG yet, my current travel options are that Domestic and short flight I fly on J. Either short ir long haul, if there is F on that aircraft, I purchase it. I don’t care to focus on Qantas flight number any longer. No need to stick to them because appaythey don’t care about their high value customers.
    Bettrr give koney to better airlines. Now I am expecting to get Platinum invitation from TG and soon with EK Platinum.

    There is no real recognition for LTG, G or P of Qantas. It is nearly useless. A marketing trap maybe.
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  • J1

    J1

    5 Dec, 2018 11:24 pm

    Long time reader, first time responder because I see some QF bashing when it comes to topics such as this. I’m currently on my 2nd year QF Plat having previously been P1 for 3 consecutive years and was Plat for 6 years prior to that. While I was P1, without any prospect of lifetime plat, I did question myself as to why I would keep flying QF. Sure, I earned some status bonuses like complimentary gold membership to gift to a family member, then comp platinum membership to a family member but once I maxed those, what then? I made a decision to just start flying VA/SQ and attained Velocity platinum while also holding P1 for those 3 years. Because I could. It gave me plenty of options for additional flights and lounge access etc etc. My first point here is not what I achieved, my point is we all have choices. The market allows us to take our dollar elsewhere if we don’t believe we are getting value. Second point is I feel like I have been recognised by QF. I’ve experienced domestic upgrades to business while a ‘regular’ platinum flyer on several occasions (prior to achieving P1 but funnily not while I was P1) the customer service on the FF hotline I receive is always excellent, while P1 I have had upgrades to first when flying to the US on several occasions, I’ve been able to access reward seats that were not published online and flying my family of 4 to the US in business AND we were upgraded to first on the return flights (yes, all 4 of us and as a result I have ruined them for life)..wait, there’s more, each Christmas while a P1 FF, QF delivered champagne to my home. During my last year as P1 they couriered me a bottle of Krug. Not being a big bubbles drinker I had no idea the value until I googled it-it’s not exactly cheap. I was also offered, and I accepted, tickets to Liverpool FC vs Sydney FC a couple of years back. They did offer tickets to another sporting event but I can’t recall what it was, I couldn’t go. I would argue QF DO recognise loyalty. Having lifetime gold is recognition. No, it won’t get me into the first lounge, but the business lounge is still better than many other lounges and it’s certainly better than hanging around the public areas during extended delays. I foresee the next part of my career where I am not travelling as much to attain platinum or higher. At that stage, I don’t think I would care, I’m not in the air as much. Better still, I’ll be travelling for leisure in which case my head space is totally different. And honestly, there have been plenty of occasions where now, and in the past I don’t even go into the lounge domestic or international.
    If one feels there’s no recognition or value in LTG, G, P, P1 etc there’s other options. However, I’d be interested to know who offers, for an Australian based traveller, a better proposition than QF. Equal to at best-maybe, but not better. I did look into trying for lifetime Oneworld emerald with BA but it was too much hassle needing a UK address etc etc. I like to think I’ve done a lot of miles over the past 11+ years (I was QF gold for a few years before cracking platinum too!), I’ve done a fair bit of research into how else I could maximise value for all the travel I was expensing, other than earning the highest status I could in a given year with one airline then switching to another. In my case VA, but it was more so because I could, and to experience airlines I wouldn’t normally fly, like Etihad. Hell, I’d even fly CX knowing I don’t get anywhere near the same points or SC as flying QF. Again, because I could. On a side note the VA program has its advantages (e.g comp Hilton diamond membership, a couple of free domestic upgrades from eco to business) but I don’t think the overall FF experience with VA and Velocity is as strong as QF’s, nor is their network or lounge experience with partner airlines. We all have choices. Just sayin’.
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  • wanderer_au

    wanderer_au

    5 Dec, 2018 03:39 pm

    At my current rates of earning, I am now a little under 3 years away from LTG. Once I have achieved it, I will play the field if flying J on my own coin, and will stick to Oneworld carriers if flying Y.
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  • David Lupton

    davidlupton

    5 Dec, 2018 04:07 pm

    I have been Elite on Air NZ for most of the last 20+ years but they seem to have no lifetime recognition - so i see my colleagues with Singapore and Qantas now with retirement benefits but i will be at the back of the queue again, But the problem highlighted by some comments is that the airlines dont understand loyalty programs. They design the scheme so only people who travel business regularly will qualify for high status, but the 'reward' is access to lounges and priority check in that business class travellers enjoy anyway. When I spend big money buying business class travel, my Air NZ branded credit card gives me free lounge passes - that are not even transferable (and lapse after a year so i cant save them for my retirement).
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  • Bennelong

    Bennelong

    5 Dec, 2018 04:25 pm

    I agree that there ought be be something beyond LTG. I have 47,325 status credit and I get more benefits by maintaining platinum.
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  • Bavarian

    Bavarian

    5 Dec, 2018 05:11 pm

    I'm still waiting for the lifetime platinum.
    Actually not being able to get a lifetime emerald makes me consider to switch over to BA and start from scratch there.
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  • EdS

    EdS

    5 Dec, 2018 08:24 pm

    Platinum has/had bag tags. I have two.
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  • Ratt Ruang

    CitizenF

    5 Dec, 2018 11:02 pm

    And you can also request two new ones delivered to your door every year, if you wish.
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  • Noel Niddrie

    ntn001

    6 Dec, 2018 02:21 am

    Damn. I've missed out on that completely.
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  • EdS

    EdS

    6 Dec, 2018 06:26 am

    Do the bag tags still work for check-in luggage? I remember once attaching a printed tag on my bag as well as the P tag and tI had to take one off as the machine said there was more than one tag on the bag...clever of it!
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  • bl812

    bl812

    6 Dec, 2018 08:27 am

    enroll your kid and maybe by the time he-she reaches middle age get the top QF status-why bother to aim low when their business and first class product is not even on a par with others??-not to mention such things that Qf charges 3-4 times more in fees when you would like to redeem a flight-if any available at all? which can be like nearly 700AU$ compared with an AA booking for the same flight
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