Qantas tightens Partner Gold rules for Platinum frequent flyers

Qantas tightens Partner Gold rules for Platinum frequent flyers

Qantas is about to make it a lot harder for its Platinum frequent flyers to earn free Gold status to give to a partner or friend.

Platinum high-flyers who earn 2,400 status credits in a single membership year – twice as many as needed to retain Platinum status, and two-thirds of the way towards Platinum One – are able to choose between a bonus 50,000 Qantas Points or free partner Gold status, with the later being a useful gift to one's partner, a family member or friend (there are no restrictions on who can receive this gratis status).

Under the current rules, those status credits can be racked up on not only Qantas and Jetstar but when flying with array of partner airlines including Emirates, Oneworld members and Fiji Airways.

But from March 13, 2018, only status credits earned from Qantas and Jetstar flights will count towards that 2,400 tally.

The tighter qualification rule to reach that 2,400 milestone means that only status credits earned on flights ticketed with Qantas' QF code or Jetstar's JQ, 3K GK and BL flight numbers will be recognised as you ascend the Qantas Frequent Flyer ladder beyond Platinum.

If you take a flight with Oneworld partner airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways, and list your QFF number in the booking, you'll still receive Qantas frequent flyer points – typically at a very modest rate – but any status credits you get will count for nothing beyond the initial threshold to earn (1,400) or keep (1,200) Platinum status.

All status credits earned prior to March 13, 2018 will remain in your tally: the new rule applies only to status credits earned after that date.

The revised rules also mean that bonus status credits – such as those from double status credits promotions, via Qantas’ loyalty bonus or with the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black credit card – won’t count towards your partner Gold goal.

There’s no change to the number of status credits needed to earn or retain Platinum status, or Gold status if qualifying under your own steam.

Platinum members will also have only 90 days to opt-in for partner Gold status after qualifying – ditto the other Platinum benefits like 50,000 bonus Qantas points or complimentary airport parking vouchers, if preferred over the partner Gold membership.

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!
 

21 comments

  • flytoomuch

    flytoomuch

    15 Dec, 2017 01:15 pm

    An own goal again. Someone flys a lot for work and not home a lot. Partner used to get status when they fly sort of like a consolation prize. Cost zero to qf.

    Now they want to get rid of it - maybe some will now fly another airline. Or When they hit the status credits to retain platinum just fly on another airline

    Perhaps a better outcome if it was being abused would have been limit it to a partner at the same address.
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  • traveller90

    traveller90

    15 Dec, 2017 02:07 pm

    Remember when FF schemes debuted in the mid 80's and they were a reward for choosing to travel with said airline - oh how things have changed. I will be happy when we return to the old days before FF schemes, when passengers in Y J and P knew the world they flew in.

    Lets keep it simple and hope the airlines also look at life this way. Airline FF schemes are fast becoming more complicated than the AU federal tax rules.
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    david2202

  • mviy

    mviy

    15 Dec, 2017 02:13 pm

    Looks like this year will be my first and only chance to get Partner Gold (and I still may not get there). The only way I can see myself getting 2400 SCs involves getting lots of bonus status credits.

    This is a very disappointing change.
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  • turner773

    turner773

    15 Dec, 2017 02:42 pm

    I'm in similar situation. I normally earn about 2500 SCs a year with 1600-1800 of those on Qantas coded flights. Platinum One is now only 300 SCs harder for me to attain than the Partner Gold award, which makes this benefit quite pointless since I either will simply miss out or get Partner Platinum a month later.
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  • Max Kraynov

    maxkraynov

    15 Dec, 2017 03:05 pm

    P1 requires 3600 SCs, not 2800 as is implied by your calculations.
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  • turner773

    turner773

    15 Dec, 2017 03:36 pm

    P1 requires 2700 SCs on Qantas coded flights, the rest from elsewhere.
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  • turner773

    turner773

    15 Dec, 2017 03:49 pm

    Partner Gold requires 2400 SCs on Qantas coded flights with this change, so unless you exclusively fly Qantas, P1 is now only 300 SCs further away.
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  • willvill

    willvill

    15 Dec, 2017 02:52 pm

    There is that 'Qantas Customer First ' credo making an appearance again....They never give up chipping away and devaluing.
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  • John Geromoschos

    JTG

    15 Dec, 2017 03:33 pm

    Another own goal by Qantas. I am a 2400-3000 status a year person with about two thirds on Qantas. The latest change means that once a get to platinum I will change to another airline. Qantas are going to lose out on $30,000-$50,000 from a loyal customer. Mad!
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  • User

    User

    15 Dec, 2017 05:07 pm

    Me too. As a Lifetime Gold with a similar SC haul as you, I am already thinking about switching to BA anyway (as I have an UK office address) since QF does not have Lifetime Platinum. This will only add fuel to the fire.
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  • Chris J

    qfnyc

    15 Dec, 2017 09:26 pm

    Does this mean just that 2400 QF points are needed for partner gold or even the 50k bonus?
    Are they completely ignoring any partner status credit earned beyond the platinum attain/renewal for lifetime accrual as well?
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  • mviy

    mviy

    17 Dec, 2017 01:13 pm

    I hope LifeTime Status Credits accrual is not affected. If it is that’ll be a much bigger concern for me. It’ll take me a lot longer to reach LTG (still a long way off) which I’m hoping to get ASAP.
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  • Greg

    biba

    15 Dec, 2017 10:20 pm

    Absolutely no incentive for me to fly Qantas after reaching platinum. Usually do 2500-3000 SCs per year but now I will credit to another alliance. I'm not the one that's loosing out here.
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  • Johnny9

    Johnny9

    15 Dec, 2017 11:14 pm

    Totally ridiculous - dont understand the rationale behind this.

    IMO most value-add is once you reach QF plat to try to reach elite status with another airline alliance to have similar perks to OW when flying other airlines. This should be easy to do when you are in the 2000 SC/ year range - split it up bw 1200/1400 SC on QF/OW and rest on *A could land you *A Gold. Best of course is once you reached LTG with QF - then congrats!
    IMO there is no benefit past QF plat within OW, unless you stick solely with QF and end up flying A LOT
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  • R Kohan

    rk1

    16 Dec, 2017 08:56 am

    Hi Chris. I just wanted to clarify something from your article. My partner is scheduled to make the 2400 points with a QF flight on April 2,2018. This assumes that bonus points, partner airline points earned etc before March 13, 2018 are counted. Do you mean to say that if she has not reached 2400 by March 13, 2018 then Qantas will not count these points towards her making the 2400 on April 2?

    I agree with your previous contributors that there is little incentive to fly Qantas after reaching 1400 now, and you can certainly find cheaper fares with other Oneworld airlines and use your Qantas points to upgrade.

    Dumb move.
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  • Johnny9

    Johnny9

    16 Dec, 2017 06:23 pm

    BTW saw yesterday in the Finnair in-flight magazine that as AY Platinum (= OW Em) you have one free Gold-membership (OW Sapphire) give-away. QF is definitely going into wrong direction here...
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  • Matt_01

    Matt_01

    17 Dec, 2017 08:30 am

    Whist I may not like this these changes QF seems to be bringing the WP loyalty bonus in line with the 5000SC and 7000SC WP1 loyalty bonus rules.
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  • Traveller14

    Traveller14

    17 Dec, 2017 01:00 pm

    Yet another reason of the many why anyone who obsessively relies on frequent flyer schemes needs to realise that it's airlines, not individuals, who are 'in contrrol.' Benefits can be downgraded at any time or abolished, and 'points value' can decrease with the stroke of a pen. Not to mention how difficult it can be to redeem J or F seats on airlines like QF.
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  • highflyer

    highflyer

    19 Dec, 2017 07:00 pm

    Might as well get rid of the Platinum status. Pax are either Gold and then the “real” frequent flyers get Platinum One....
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  • traveller90

    traveller90

    19 Dec, 2017 11:36 pm

    Totally agree. Gold gives the benifits, while Platinum is vertually an empty level. Platinum One is the golden goose - so to speak as this level comes with the privilages and loyalty from QF management. The lower levels (Bronze and Silver )are nothing but a cost and a nuisance to QF management - why do you think you need to pay to be a member.

    We must all remember airline FF schemes are no longer for the customer's loyalty as they were when first introduced, they are now a marketing business for the building or profits. We would be nieve if we were to think any other way.

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  • mviy

    mviy

    20 Dec, 2017 01:57 pm

    There's more to Platinum than the chance of getting to Partner Gold, but benefits for Platinum certainly are being taken away over time.
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