In Qantas’ and Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer programs, Gold status is widely regarded as the tier to aim for. It’s the ‘sweet spot’ for benefits, with priority check-in, boarding, baggage – and most importantly, lounge access. Even if you’re flying in Economy, you get to enjoy these perks with every trip.

But Platinum status requires double the effort to reach compared to Gold. You need to put in significantly more time and money to bridge the gap. But take it from me – the perks of the Platinum side do make travelling with Qantas and oneworld partners more alluring.

We take a look at the extra benefits of Qantas Platinum so you can weigh up whether it’s worth the extra flying. For Virgin Australia Velocity members, make sure to also read our take on whether Velocity Platinum status is worth chasing.

Earning Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold and Platinum

Qantas Platinum requires double the Status Credits for both earning and maintaining. Both tiers also require four Qantas flight sectors to be flown in a membership year.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold Card Earn Qantas GoldQantas Frequent Flyer Platinum Card Earn Qantas Platinum
To earn700 SCs1,400 SCs
To maintain600 SCs1,200 SCs*
Eligible sectorsFly 4x QF flight numbersFly 4x QF flight numbers
* Platinum members with a status end date July-Sept 2023 only need 960 SCs to maintain this year.

You can also choose a Loyalty Bonus of 50 SCs for every 500 Status Credits you earn properly. This helps you out with one loyalty bonus on your way to Gold and another on your way to Platinum. Other handy annual boosts include 50 SCs with Green Tier and a 100 SC rollover with Points Club Plus.

Requalifying for Qantas Platinum status year after year is no easy feat.

Differences between Qantas Gold and Platinum

Qantas Gold already includes most of the perks that make flying less stressful. This includes lounge access, priority airport processing, prioritised phone service and increased priority in upgrades.

Platinum takes it a step higher with more bonus points and First Class lounge and fast track access where available. But the most treasured perks include being able to speak to the Hobart contact centre and most importantly – the ability to request reward seats on Qantas flights across all cabins.

At a glance

Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold Card Qantas GoldQantas Frequent Flyer Platinum Card Qantas Platinum
Oneworld equivalentSapphire Oneworld Sapphire iconEmerald Oneworld Emerald icon
Bonus points 75% bonus on QF, JQ & AA flights100% bonus on QF, JQ & AA flights
Extra baggageYes, see belowYes, see below
Lounge accessYes, see belowYes, see below
Priority airport benefitsBusiness Class priority check-in, boarding and luggageFirst or Business Class priority check-in, boarding and luggage. ‘Priority Lane’ or ‘Fast Track’ security and immigration lanes where offered
Upgrade priorityIncreased over Silver. May be confirmed within 24 hrs of departureIncreased over Gold. May be confirmed within 3 days of departure
Request reward seatsNoYes (unofficial benefit)
Phone servicePrioritised over SilverPrioritised over Gold + access to Qantas Hobart call centre when open

For lounge access

Both Gold and Platinum members enjoy lounge access before eligible flights – even in Economy! But Qantas Platinum members can kick back in Qantas, partner and oneworld airline First Class lounges before most flights.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold Card Qantas GoldQantas Frequent Flyer Platinum Card Qantas Platinum
Lounge access
(QF domestic)
Qantas ClubsQantas Clubs & Domestic Business Lounges
Lounge access
(QF international)
International Business LoungesInternational Business and First Lounges
Lounge access
(oneworld and partners)
Partner Business loungesPartner Business and First lounges
Qantas First Lounge Sydney
The excellent Qantas First lounges are yours to access with Qantas Platinum status.

For extra baggage

Going on a big family holiday, sporting trip or to a trade conference is a lot easier when you have a boosted luggage allowance. The upsized limits are generous for both tiers, but Platinum members can bring even more.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold Card Qantas GoldQantas Frequent Flyer Platinum Card Qantas Platinum
Extra baggage
(QF domestic)
2x 32 kg for all cabins2x 32 kg in Economy, Premium
3x 32 kg in Business
Extra baggage
(QF international)
Extra 16 kg for most routes
3x 32kg to the Americas
Extra 20 kg for most routes
3x 32 kg to the Americas in Economy, Premium
4x 32 kg to the Americas in Business, First
Extra baggage
Extra 15 kg for most routes
Extra piece (up to 23kg) on certain routes
Extra 20 kg for most routes
Extra piece on certain other routes
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How much flying does it take to reach Qantas Gold or Platinum?

That’s a pretty solid range of benefits, but you’ll need to earn 1,400 SCs to reach Platinum. It’s hard to quantify exactly how much it costs to get status because everyone’s travelling habits are different. But we can estimate, so let’s break it down a bit.

Flying Qantas exclusively

To first earn Gold status at 700 SCs at a relatively low cost, you’d need to fly the equivalent of Brisbane-Sydney-Christchurch return in Business three times for around $1,355 per trip. That nets 240 SCs per return trip, or 720 SCs after three trips for a cost of around $4,065. Flying indirectly adds extra Status Credits to your earnings.

For Platinum, it’s a bit cheaper. You could do it with five return trips (1,200 SCs, $6,775). By then, you would have also earned 2x 50 SC loyalty bonuses, and you could stack 50 SC from Green Tier and rollover 100 SC from the previous year with Points Club Plus. Or, just take a few domestic flights to make up the difference.

But, that’s when a Double Status Credit (DSC) promotion comes in handy! If you booked the same trips during a DSC offer, then you’d reach Platinum instead of Gold with three return trips, at a cost of $4,065. In subsequent years, the threshold is down to 1,200 SCs to requalify.

Flying with partner airlines

A cheaper way to earn or maintain status is to earn the bulk of the Status Credits from other airlines. You still need to do four flights with Qantas. But after that, the doors are open. Some common examples include:

  • Intra-Asia with Malaysia Airlines or Cathay Pacific Business
  • US Domestic First Class with American Airlines

Read more in our guide to maximising Qantas Status Credits →

Weighing up on whether to go for Qantas Platinum

With all that in mind, here’s what to consider when going for Platinum:

1) How far along am I in my membership year?

With Qantas’ system, you have a fixed anniversary date. Any new status you earn will be valid for the rest of the current year plus the whole next anniversary year (potentially from 12 to 23 months).

If you’re very close to your anniversary date and nowhere near Platinum, then it will be tough to get all the required Status Credits in time. Plus, you won’t have as much time to enjoy it. Perhaps save your efforts for the following year.

2) How often will I use the better lounges?

If you fly internationally out of Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles or Singapore often, then being Platinum means the outstanding First lounges are usually open to you. This also applies to airports with lots of other oneworld and partner lounge options such as London Heathrow T3 (Cathay Pacific First Lounge), Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific Pier and Wing First lounges) and Bangkok (Emirates Lounge).

But if you are based regionally and only fly around Australia, then the experience will not be too different overall compared to being Gold. The main point of difference is if you can access the better Domestic Business Lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra or Perth.

Entrance Qantas Domestic Business Lounge Perth
Access to Qantas Domestic Business Lounges is a perk of Platinum.

3) Do I frequently need to call Qantas?

Are you the type of person to plan round the world trips with Qantas Points, but need to call up often to make changes? Or do you just like having efficient help whenever you need it?

Well, holding Platinum status makes calling up Qantas a lot easier. In our experience, you’re usually connected in under 10 minutes. There’s also the chance of getting the fabulous Qantas Hobart team. Unfortunately, that’s not guaranteed, but it is available during Australian operating hours.

4) Do I want to use lots of Qantas Points and request reward seats?

One of the best Platinum perks for me is the ability to request reward seats. I’ve done it for both domestic Economy and international Business Class. It’s only a request so my seats aren’t always confirmed, but most of the time, I can make something work.

If you also have hundreds of thousands of Qantas Points and want to fly on QF metal, this perk can be amazing. But if you don’t have a lot of points or prefer to fly partner airlines, it might not mean much to you.

5) Do I have lots of planned travel?

If you’re barely holding onto Gold status as it is, then your habits probably won’t sustain a leap to Platinum. But if you travel often for work (for example), then it’s suddenly more viable. Make the most of the ‘free’ points and Status Credits you get as part of your job.

Otherwise, you might have to resort to ‘status runs’. These are trips solely booked to maximise Status Credits, often through indirect flights and during Double Status Credit promotions.

6) Can I make use of Double Status Credit promotions?

Double Status Credit offers only last a few days, so you can make all your bookings for the year. Earning double SCs will significantly reduce the amount of flying you need to do. These promotions tend to come out in February/March.

We highly recommend you make the most of Double Status Credit offers to book your upcoming work and personal travel. That way, you get rewarded more for the trips you were going to take anyway. But this means you need to have a good understanding of what travelling you’ll be doing that year.

Summing up

There’s no denying that Platinum status is a shining beacon to aim for. I should know – I’ve been enjoying Platinum for the last four years (two of those thanks to COVID-related status extensions). If you genuinely think you can make it and also enjoy the benefits, go for it! But we have to remember not to get carried away in our quest for that elusive top-tier level.

Sometimes there’s just not enough time or future travel booked to make it to Platinum. I wouldn’t recommend you splash out a lot of cash and waste days in the sky just to earn Status Credits. Sure, it’s nice and all having a shiny card, but if you’re only going to use the benefits a few times, then the effort is ultimately wasted.

Gold status is still a great target to aim for, and is far more attainable for the average traveller. You can always secure Gold first, and set your sights on Platinum again in the future when the stars are more aligned.

And don’t forget the other argument that airline status essentially is a pair of ‘golden handcuffs’. You get perks, sure, but also have to remain loyal to the airline and its alliance. A different train of thought is you can get more out of travel by mixing and matching airlines depending on the price and your needs.

Read more: how to keep Gold status for as long as possible →

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Is Qantas Platinum status worth chasing? was last modified: July 17th, 2023 by Brandon Loo