Qantas is currently running a Double Status Credits promotion, which is great for those looking at achieving or retaining Qantas elite status.
Update: On 10 March 2020, Qantas announced significant cuts to its international route network through to September 2020. This includes suspension of flights and aircraft swaps, including the grounding of a majority of its A380 fleet. Further information can be found in this guide.
Here are some of the best flights to take in order to fast-track your way to Gold or above. Remember, you need 700/600 Status Credits (SCs) to achieve/maintain Gold.
You may also be interested in the routes that can earn you Velocity status the quickest.
Best routes to do a Qantas status run on in 2020
- Bali (via Sydney/Melbourne)
- Jakarta (via Sydney)
- Nouméa (via Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane)
- Auckland/Christchurch/Wellington (via Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane)
- Tokyo (via Sydney)
- Santiago (via Melbourne & Sydney)
- London (via Brisbane & Singapore)
Top tips to maximise a Qantas status run
- Fly Business Class
- Purchase a return ticket
- Stick to Qantas-operated flights
- Make as many connections as possible
- Try to originate your journey in a smaller capital city or regional airport to lower the price
- When travelling to Bali, try to fly via Sydney on the A330 rather than Melbourne on the 737 for more comfort
How to work out if you’re getting a good price on a Qantas status run
- Make sure to first register for the double Status Credits promotion
- Research flights to the destinations listed above on Google Flights
- Aim for Business Class fares in the range of $1,200-2,200 return
- Click through to the Qantas website
- Locate the Status Credits earned line
- Perform the Status Credits calculation below
- Aim for a target of under $4 per SC (under $3 is a great deal)
Status Credits calculation
Total fare / (Status Credits earn per direction * 2 * 2) = $X per Status Credit
Say you live in Brisbane and are happy to travel to Bali for a status run. You find a return Business Class ticket for $1,969 on Google Flights.
Click through to the Qantas website and it will show you how many SCs are earned (180 each way).
The double Status Credits promotion boosts that from 360 to 720 SCs, which is enough to qualify for Gold status.
The calculation would be:
$1,969 / (180 * 2 * 2) = $2.73 per Status Credit
If you are looking for Qantas status and have some cash on hand, then the routes above could be some good ones to research. Remember, the more segments flown, the more Status Credits are earned.
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