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QANTAS: 7 month Club Membership Extension

QANTAS: 7 month Club Membership Extension

Qantas is extending paid Qantas Club access for 7 months for anyone who has an active membership as of June 30 2021. This only applies to paid memberships, not complementary ones. You don’t need to do anything, the extension will happen automatically. You can find out more about Lounge openings and other changes here.

Although most will have been updated by 30 August, you may have to be patient, as Qantas is giving itself until October 2021 to update your membership expiry date. That will also change your membership anniversary date too and can be seen on the Qantas site or app, but don’t expect to get an updated card in the mail.

Guest Cards also get extended

Your guest card will also be extended automatically as well, and again, don’t expect to get an updated physical card

Paid membership superseded by your Qantas Status membership

If, like me, you have a paid club membership that has been put on hold because you qualified for Gold or higher status, then sorry, but you don’t get the extension. On reflection that seems fair given you have probably received several extensions already on your status-driven lounge membership.

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Partner members ?

Yep, if you are relying on a partner membership of the Club, then both you and the primary member get the extension.

Don’t want the extension

Then you may have other options, including a refund, but you are going to have to contact a Qantas call centre to discuss/argue/plead your case.

Complimentary Loung invites

Good news, these should get the extension as well. You can check this by going to the complimentary Lounge invitations site to view your hopefully updated expiry date – but remember that may not appear until October 2021.

The one 2 exceptions to this extension are for those who got a few passes as a result of qualifying for Silver status, or if you earned your pass through the Points Club Program – sorry, but you miss out.

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2PAXfly Takeout

This is another timely reminder to wear your seatbelt when seated. Holding you close to your seat will protect you from the sort of injuries sustained on this flight, when unsecured passengers flew to the ceiling of the aircraft, and then came crashing down once the ‘drop’ ceased.

The hope will be that this is an anomaly – a ‘freak accident’ in casual parlance. If it is a systemic error either mechanical or electronic, then this is a larger concern for the airlines that fly Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft. Let’s hope it isn’t. If it is, it will pile on the woes to Boeing’s existing stack.

Qantas has been pretty good in the way it has treated its premium flyers, by providing extensions and status credits boosts. The benefits of this extension for goodwill and loyalty far outweigh the negligible costs.

Remember that Qantas is hoping to be flying internationally by mid-December. So if you want to boost those points, and are prepared to take a calculated risk, on actually being able to flee the country come December – book now. Prices and points redemptions are on the low side as a general rule. If you find a points redemption fare that is costing an outrageous amount of points – it will probably be on a partner airline. You should steer clear, as it mayappear at a lower ‘cost’ closer to the time.

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