EXCLUSIVE | Qantas will offer frequent flyers the ability to earn status credits in addition to points when shopping with their credit cards.
Under a trial being launched this week and running through to May 2018, selected members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme will collect one 'credit card status credit' – which is different to a conventional status credit – for every 400 Qantas Points earned on either the Macquarie Black Card with Qantas Rewards or the Westpac Altitude Black Credit Card with Qantas Points.
Australian Business Traveller understands the invitation-only trial is extended to less than 0.1% of Qantas' 11.5 million frequent flyers.
Qantas is positioning the scheme as a way to bridge the gap between tiers – such as Silver to Gold, or Gold to Platinum – or provide a 'plastic assist' in retaining your current status, rather than a replacement for flying.
"The ability to earn Status Credits is highly prized by our members and we wanted to explore how we could potentially reward frequent buyers as well as our Frequent Flyers with status" a Qantas spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller.
The trial also places a cap on how many credit card status credits can be earned.
One Australian Business Traveller reader reports that his partner, who currently holds entry-level Bronze status with Qantas, has been invited to take part in the trial as a shortcut to Silver status but would see her credit card earnings capped at 150 status credits per membership year.
Qantas' trial follows the launch of a partnership between Virgin Australia and Coles Flybuys, through which shoppers can earn Virgin's Velocity status credits (along with Etihad Guest tier miles) by swiping their Flybuys card at Coles, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor outlets.