Qantas 2021 standing extension: get a yr of standing with one flight
Qantas is introducing a generous tier upgrade that will allow many frequent flyers to retain their Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Platinum One tier through 2021 – and in some cases late 2022 – with just a single flight.
In addition, many frequent flyers are allowed to extend status credits earned in the membership year ending in 2021 in order to get a head start on their status in 2022.
The move comes as the airline is facing not only a decline in travel but also a dramatic downsizing of its network, particularly with regard to overseas flights, where many high-flyers are earning their gold, platinum and platinum one status .
“To help Qantas frequent flyers maintain their status, members based in Australia and New Zealand only need to book and pay for an eligible flight until the end of their membership year for travel through the end of 2021. We will extend their status for an additional 12 months” says the airline.
Eligibility to extend the individual flight status
The almost free status applies to all Qantas frequent flyers whose status end date is between March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
This includes members who received free gold status or free platinum from a Platinum One member, as well as members who are in a status hold.
To stamp your status year, you need to do so with the airline
- a Qantas operated flight with a QF flight number, or
- All Qantas points booking Jetstar International with a JQ flight number, including Jetstar flights within New Zealand (JQ), Jetstar Japan (GK) and Jetstar Asia (3K).
(Note that domestic Jetstar flights within Australia do not count.)
However, this has to be a new booking: a trip that is already on your calendar does not count.
This new flight must be booked between November 23, 2020 and before your current status end date between March 31 and December 31, 2021 for travel before December 31, 2021.
Unlike many Qantas status promotions, you don’t need to register: just book this flight.
With respect to Qantas frequent flyers whose membership year ends in January or February 2022, Qantas states that “To support your ability to maintain your status in 2022, you will continue to receive 50% of your annual status credits required to Retain your status as part of Credit Boost status as previously announced. “
However, these flyers do not qualify for one-year status renewal with a single flight.
Frequent flyers who live outside of Australia and New Zealand – including many resident in Asia, the US and the UK – will obviously not be able to take advantage of this opportunity unless they can use an eligible Jetstar Japan or Jetstar Asia flight .
Status credit rollover
If this is your next status year, what about the year after that?
While the option of relatively short hops to New Zealand and some Asian countries for the first half of next year is still an option, Qantas doesn’t expect international travel to resume until the second half of 2021, and maybe well until 2022.
This will likely include Qantas’ flagship routes to the US and UK, although Covid-19 is likely to have a knock-on effect that will reduce attendance at international conferences and trade shows.
With that in mind, Qantas says it will “extend accrued status credits for eligible members up to a maximum amount from their eligible membership year to facilitate the start of their new membership year.”
At least 40% of the status credits required to maintain your tier will be renewed if your membership year ends between March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2021 – or in other words, if your subsequent membership year is between April 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021 begins January 1, 2022
The maximum number of status credits that can be renewed is:
- Silver: 100
- Gold: 250
- Platinum: 500
- Platinum One: 1,800
These status credits are extended from the end of the membership year.
For example, frequent flyers with a status end date of March 31, 2021 may be eligible for a one-year extension by taking an eligible flight as above, moving their status to March 31, 2022.
But as of March 2022, that traveler must have enough status credit in their account to hold their status for another year (through March 2023), and that’s where the status credit rollover comes in.
Up to the above limits, status credits earned in this “first” membership year (end of 2021) would be carried over to the “second” membership year (end of 2022) and would help maintain status in a “third” year (ends in 2023).
To activate the status credit rollover, an eligible Qantas or Jetstar flight must be booked by the end of 2021, as described in the status upgrade agreement described above.
If you are already planning one of these flights to renew your status in 2021, this will also serve to activate status rollover.
For full details, follow this link to the Qantas frequent flyer website.
David Flynn is the editor-in-chief of Executive Traveler and a bit tragic with a soft spot for good coffee, shopping and litchi martinis.