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.

Earn 50 bonus Status Credits with BP Rewards

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).

  1. Be a BP Rewards member
  2. Visit participating BP Rewards outlets and spend at least A$50 on fuel and/or in-store goods
  3. Make at least five qualifying visits by 30 September 2021
  4. 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!

Qantas International First Sydney Seating
Qantas Platinum members get access to Qantas International First Lounges, even when flying in Economy Class.

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

The information below relates to Qantas’ 2021 Status Extension and Status Credit Rollover offers

2021 Status Extension and Status Credits Rollover details

Australian and New Zealand Qantas Frequent Flyers have the opportunity to earn a 12-month extension before the end of their current membership year, plus rollover some 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 between 31 March 2021 and 31 December 2021 (inclusive)
  • to qualify, you must make a new booking for at least one eligible flight. Bookings must be made between 23 November 2020 and the member’s current status end date
  • members on Status Hold or with complimentary Gold or Platinum status are eligible for this extension

What flights are eligible for the status extension?

To be eligible for the 2021 status extension and Status Credits Rollover, you will need to first book an eligible flight. These are:

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 2021 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 after 23 November 2020 and before your status end date. Your flights need to be flown by 31 December 2021. Existing bookings made before 23 November 2020 won’t qualify, unfortunately.

Below is a handy table with key dates that apply:

Current status end date:Make a Qantas booking between 23 Nov 2020 and:The status extension will be activated by:
31 Mar 202131 Mar 2021 Late Mar 2021
30 Apr 202130 Apr 2021 Late Apr 2021
31 May 202131 May 2021 Late May 2021
30 Jun 202130 Jun 2021 Late Jun 2021
31 Jul 202131 Jul 2021 Late Jul 2021
31 Aug 202131 Aug 2021 Late Aug 2021
30 Sep 202130 Sep 2021 Late Sep 2021
31 Oct 202131 Oct 2021 Late Oct 2021
30 Nov 202130 Nov 2021 Late Nov 2021
31 Dec 202131 Dec 2021 Late Dec 2021

If eligible, your status will be extended between a further 12 months, to now expire between 31 March 2022 and 31 December 2022.

How does that 2021 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 2021 Status Extension, you’ll also automatically get the Status Credit Rollover.

Eligible members can rollover up to 40% of the Status Credits needed to maintain their current tier into their 2022 membership year. The maximum number of Status Credits that can be rolled over in this way are:

Platinum OnePlatinumGoldSilver
Status Credits Rollover1,800500250100

Frequent flyers with a membership end date between 31 March 2021 and 31 December 2021 (inclusive) are eligible, including lifetime status holders.

Only Status Credits earned through flying or ground partners in the previous 12 months of membership will count — this means the Qantas ‘support’ Status Credits handed out in mid-2020 will not rollover.

Points Club Plus members who already receive a 100 Status Credit rollover won’t be impacted by this and can potentially receive both rollovers.

Once rolled over into your 2022 membership year, you’ll have a boost to earning enough Status Credits to continue your tier level through 2023. Of course, Qantas is counting on more flights (even some internationally) being available by that time.

Summing up

With the coronavirus pandemic truly clipping the wings of Qantas previously-Frequent Flyers, not a lot of points or Status Credits are being earned in the air right now.

The 2021 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions: 2021 status extensions and Status Credits Rollover

My status end date doesn’t fall within the stated time periods. Am I still eligible for the status extension?

No, if your status end date is not between 31 March 2021 and 31 December 2021 (inclusive), you are not currently eligible for any further offers at this stage.

What happens if I already retained or upgraded my status this year?

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.

My status end date is 31 January 2022 or 28 February 2022. Am I eligible for the Status Credit rollover?

No. Only members with a status end date between 31 March 2021 and 31 December 2021 (inclusive) are eligible for the Status Credit rollover.

To be eligible for both the status extension and Status Credit rollover, do I need to book two eligible flights?

No. Only one eligible flight needs to be booked.

What will the Status Credits that are rolled over contribute towards?

The Status Credits rolled over will contribute towards attaining and retaining status for Platinum One, Platinum, Gold and Silver. They will not contribute towards any bonus Rewards, Lifetime Status or Status Accelerators.

Pocket 50 bonus Status Credits at BP was last modified: July 1st, 2021 by Brandon Loo