Qantas: Status extension to 2023
Due to all this COVID-19 lockdown stuff over the last 18 months or so, which means no one is flying, Qantas have instituted various ways to allow frequent flyers to more easily retain their status. First, it was crediting status credits, then it was extending status if you booked/took one flight.
In my case, my Platinum status which I failed to requalify for (by only 150 points!), was extended out for a year until July 2022, because I had booked and taken a minimum of one flight.
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It looks like I won’t quite qualify for this promotion because my re-qualification date is a month past the deadline for this deal:
‘Qantas is extending the current offer so that all Australian and New Zealand based tiered members (Silver and above) with a membership year ending in or before June 2022 will be able to maintain their status for another year by booking an eligible flight prior to their membership year end, for travel until June 2022.’Qantas Press Release
If you do, your status will be automatically extended for another into 2023.
This is similar to the offer they made last November that allowed me to add another year to my Platinum status.
But wait, there’s more
‘Once the offer is activated Qantas Frequent Flyer will also roll over eligible Status Credits that members earned this year into their new membership year.’Qantas Press Release
So, now is your chance to book a flight in readiness for that extension.
Remember that you can change your flight dates etc, and will not be charged any change fee, but only any airfare price difference.
The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.
It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.
This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.
I’m booking some fares anyway, using their current half off flight sale.
Actually, to be more accurate, I am cashing in some flight credits for this purpose. If I’ve got a bunch, I bet you do too.
What did you say?