Given the extended border closures, such an offer was bound to come and today it has landed. Qantas will roll out a further 12-month status extension for elite Frequent Flyers with Silver-tier status, or higher. For someone with a 2022 membership end date, you’ll now enjoy your status through to 2023!
For many members, this will be the second round of extensions, after the first was launched in November 2020. If the dates line up, you may be able to combine both extensions to take advantage of 24 months worth of free status perks, such as lounge access, priority perks and more.
As before, you just need to book a single eligible Qantas flight before your membership end date to automatically qualify. Your earned Status Credits will rollover as well. Here are the latest details.
2022-23 Status Extension and Status Credits Rollover details
Australian and New Zealand Qantas Frequent Flyers again have the opportunity to earn a 12-month extension before the end of their current membership year, plus rollover Status Credits into the new year. We’ve summarised the key points here:
- eligible members must already hold Platinum One, Platinum, Gold, or Silver Qantas Frequent Flyer status
- members must also have a status end date up to or before 30 June 2022 (inclusive)
- to qualify, you must make a new booking for at least one eligible flight. Bookings must be made between now and the member’s current status end date
- It’s not yet clear whether members on Status Hold or with complimentary Gold or Platinum status are eligible for this extension. Based on the previous offer, they should be. But we will verify this with Qantas
This offer is great for anyone who has missed out on the previous rounds of status extensions due to technicalities with membership end dates. Now, as long as your current status is set to expire on or before June 2022, you’ll be eligible.
Unfortunately, anyone who has a July or August 2022 status end date will miss out for now. But depending on how travel restrictions go in the next year, you could be eligible for a new offer down the track.
What flights are eligible for the status extension?
To be eligible for the 2022-23 status extension and Status Credits Rollover, you will need to first book an eligible flight. These are:
- any Qantas-operated flight with a QF flight number
- any Qantas Points-earning Jetstar international booking including within New Zealand (JQ), Japan (GK) and Asia (3K). Jetstar domestic flights within Australia are not eligible.
Flights must be booked in the name of the frequent flyer member travelling and have the membership number recorded in the itinerary. Acceptable forms of payment include:
- Cash, Qantas TravelPass, Qantas Flight Credit and Qantas Points (both Points Plus Pay and Classic Reward flights)
Although it’s not explicitly mentioned on the website, Point Hacks has confirmed with a Qantas spokesperson that third-party bookings, such as through American Express Travel and flybuys travel, are still eligible.
This is good news for those with American Express Travel Credits who wish to use it for Qantas flights. Note that additional service fees may apply if you need to change or cancel your flight, though.
How does the 2022-23 status extension work?
Do you fit all the criteria above? Great news, you just need to book the eligible flight and not cancel it to receive the status extension. However, if Qantas cancels your flight for operational reasons, then you’ll still be eligible for the extension without further action.
Travel needs to be booked before your status end date. Your flights need to be flown by the end of June 2022, based on current messaging. Existing bookings made before this announcement (11 August 2021) won’t qualify, unfortunately.
If eligible, your status will be extended between a further 12 months once you’ve reached your membership end date. Qantas will update your account automatically so there’s nothing more you need to do?
How does the 2022-23 Status Credit Rollover work?
Once again, you’ll need to first book an eligible Qantas flight to be eligible for the Status Credit Rollover offer. The same flight and date rules as above still apply. But essentially, if you meet the criteria for the 2022-23 Status Extension, you’ll also automatically get the Status Credit Rollover.
At this stage, we don’t have firm details of what the rollover entails. Previously, you could only rollover 40% of the Status Credits needed for retaining your tier. However, this time, Qantas is hinting that all earned Status Credits in the 2021-22 membership year may be carried over to 2022-23. We’ll keep you updated on this removal of the cap.
The 2022-23 status extension and Status Credits Rollover offers are fairly generous, as you just need to book a single flight within the eligible time period to qualify. It could be a simple trip within the same state or an adventure to somewhere more far-flung.
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.– Olivia Wirth, Qantas Loyalty CEO, 11 August 2021
As you can imagine, there are a lot of terms and conditions attached to these offers, so be sure to also visit the Qantas website and check all the details, particularly around flight eligibility and cancellations.
Note: At the time of publication, Qantas’ status support web page was not up to date, so check back later for the full T&Cs.
Frequently Asked Questions: 2022-23 status extensions and Status Credits Rollover
No, if your status end date is not on or before June 2022 (inclusive), you are not currently eligible for any further offers at this stage.
If you’ve already retained your status, then you won’t get a further status extension. That offer is support for members who are not able to retain in their own right.
No. Only members with a status end date on or before June 2022 (inclusive) are eligible for the Status Credit rollover.
No. Only one eligible flight needs to be booked.
The Status Credits rolled over will contribute towards attaining and retaining status for Platinum One, Platinum, Gold and Silver. It will not contribute towards any bonus Rewards, Lifetime Status or Status Accelerators.
A further bonus Status Credits offer from BP continues below:
Earn 50 bonus Status Credits with BP Rewards
Need to top up your Qantas Status Credits (SCs) balance for 2021? Fuel partner BP Rewards is offering all frequent flyers 50 bonus Status Credits if you shop and spend five times by 30 September 2021.
Both existing and new BP Rewards members can take part in this promotion – if you haven’t already, sign up here.
You just need to fill up or shop at BP five times by 30 September 2021, spending at least A$50 per visit. This can include fuel and in-store goods. Not all BP outlets are participating – you will need to find one that participates in the BP Rewards program. Most outlets in South Australia don’t participate (the ones branded as OTR).
- Be a BP Rewards member
- Visit participating BP Rewards outlets and spend at least A$50 on fuel and/or in-store goods
- Make at least five qualifying visits by 30 September 2021
- You will get 50 bonus Status Credits up to 6-8 weeks after the offer ends
Should you take advantage of this offer?
Bonus Status Credit promotions are a great way to reach a higher status tier cost-effectively. Therefore, it’s worth taking advantage of this offer if you have some travel planning to do.
Spending a minimum $250 for 50 Status Credits is not a bad return at all. Consider that a basic Sydney-Melbourne flight in Discount Economy only nets 10 Status Credits, and might cost at least $80 on sale.
On its own, 50 Status Credits is not a lot. But if you’ve enrolled in the Qantas ‘Fast Track’ challenge, then that’s already halfway to reaching Gold status for a full year! Otherwise, Silver status normally starts from 300 SCs.
You may also be interested in other promotions to boost your Qantas Points balance.
Why are Qantas bonus Status Credit offers useful?
Booking a flight with Qantas during a bonus Status Credit promotion (or with on-the-ground partners such as BP) means that you can get to elite status more quickly. That unlocks benefits such as priority check-in and boarding, lounge access and upgrades!
Bonus Status Credits offer history
Qantas has offered bonus Status Credits for limited periods during these months:
- July 2021 (50 bonus Status Credits with BP)
- May 2021 (Points Club and Points Club Plus members only)
- May 2021 (between Australia and NZ only)
- March 2021
- February 2020
- April-May 2019 (Qantas Business Rewards members only)
- February 2019
- October 2018
- August 2018
- February 2018