How to effectively ‘buy’ Qantas Gold status for under $2000

Some of the best routes to do a Qantas status run on

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 1 minutes
POSTED: October 11, 2018
UPDATED: November 13, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Qantas Frequent Flyer

Given that Qantas runs periodic bonus Status Credits promotions, for those looking at achieving or retaining Qantas elite status, here are some of the best flights to take in order to fast-track your way to Gold or above. You need 700/600 Status Credits (SCs) to achieve/maintain Gold.


Our Point Hacks in-house travel agent Luke Vaughan has put together the some recommendations for tickets. Note that the options without cost per SC are

RouteviaCabinPriceSC earnDouble SC earnCost per SC (double SC)
Darwin - WellingtonBrisbane & SydneyBusiness$2073400800$2.59
Townsville - NouméaBrisbane, Melbourne & SydneyBusiness$2129400800$2.66
Brisbane - BaliMelbourneBusiness$1955360720$2.71
Sydney - BaliMelbourneBusiness$1955320640$3.05
Melbourne - BaliSydneyBusiness$1976320640$3.09
Adelaide - JakartaSydneyBusiness$1999320640$3.12
Perth - JakartaSydneyBusiness$2540400800$3.18

Note that all fares are for low-season, return flights and should be used for reference purposes only. The more segments flown, the more SCs are earned.

Other routes readers have previously maximised SC earn in Business and Premium Economy Class have been:

  • Any airport – Christchurch
  • Hobart – Christchurch via Melbourne
  • Adelaide – Nouméa via Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney
  • Canberra – Auckland/Wellington via Brisbane, Melbourne and/or Sydney
  • Adelaide – Santiago via Melbourne & Sydney
  • Adelaide – London via Brisbane & Singapore
  • Melbourne – Tokyo via Sydney

While you may have to spend multiple hours in these recliner Business Class seats, it may make it worth it to access elite benefits later on

Summing up

If you are looking for Qantas status and have some cash on hand, then the routes above could be some good ones to research.

Do you have any other suggestions to add to the table above for the benefit of other Point Hacks readers? Share in the comments below!

How to effectively ‘buy’ Qantas Gold status for under $2000 was last modified: November 13th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt