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Qantas offers to extend frequent flyer status… but there’s a catch

Qantas frequent flyers can hold onto their coveted status credits for a little while longer.

The Australian airline announced on Wednesday it would extend status support to members who are facing a tier downgrade between August and June 2022.

It follows a similar move in November 2020.

Australia’s international borders are still closed and lockdowns in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have made it challenging for frequent flyers to retain their status credits by flying.

Qantas Sydney First Lounge
Qantas Sydney First Lounge

Qantas status

Qantas has five membership levels in the Frequent Flyer program from Bronze up to Platinum One. The higher the tier, the more member benefits. To move up a level, Qantas members must collect status points. The only way to do this is to book flights on Qantas or partner airlines.

Qantas Frequent flyer members must have silver status or above to take up the extension. It also comes with another catch.

Frequent flyers need to book “an eligible flight prior to their membership year end, for travel until June 2022.”

Do that and Qantas will extend your frequent flyer status for another year and rollover eligible Status Credits into the new membership year.

Qantas double status points offer
Qantas will allow frequent flyers to keep the status points if they book a flight before June 2022.

Loyal customers

Qantas Loyalty Chief Executive Officer Olivia Wirth said the offer was designed to make it easy for members to hold on to their highly sought-after status.

“We know how important tier status is to our members and many of them have built it up over many years of flying with us.

“The offer to retain their current status by booking just one eligible flight is a great way for them to secure the additional 12 months of the benefits that come with being Silver or Gold, Platinum or Platinum One members, which will come into its own when everyone is back flying.”

“Maintaining their tier is not just about status for our highly valued Frequent Flyers, it’s about the range of benefits they enjoy when they fly with us or partner airlines, including the most extensive network of domestic and global lounges, extra checked baggage allowances and priority airport privileges.”

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