Fly around the world in oneworld Business Class from $5295 & earn Qantas Gold status in one trip

Some of the cheapest ways of earning Qantas Gold status in one trip available now

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 4 minutes
POSTED: December 17, 2017
UPDATED: December 29, 2017
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Qantas Frequent Flyer

Elite status with Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity and other frequent flyer programs is a valuable perk for those flying frequently in Economy who want to skip queues and access airline lounges.

We regularly update this guide with some of the better, more accessible and useful deals for obtaining enough Status Credits (SCs) for Qantas Gold status in one trip, with our current flight pick on sale until 8 January.

We also have guides to the cheapest ways of earning Velocity and Star Alliance Gold status in one trip.

While there might be cheaper options out there, we will try to strike a balance between cost and logistical appeal of the fares we find. Finding a 27-sector fare to a destination no one wants to fly to isn’t our goal here.

This deal is exclusively available through our in-house travel agent, contactable via the enquiry form below.


Current deal

Fly round-the-world on a combination of Finnair, Qantas and oneworld airlines, with stops in the US, Europe and Asia for about the same price as a return ticket to Europe.

From $5295. On sale until 8 January 2017. Must fly between US and Europe during the northern summer. More details below.


Why is Qantas Gold status valuable?

When you have Gold status with Qantas, you will enjoy the following benefits on Qantas and its partner airlines:

  • Lounge access at Qantas, Emirates and oneworld partner lounges
  • Extra baggage allowance (usually one extra checked bag)
  • Use of Business Class check-in counters (even when flying Economy)
  • Access to Premium Security Lanes at Sydney (Domestic), Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth Airports
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority standby lists
  • Priority baggage handling
  • 75% bonus points on Qantas, Jetstar and American Airlines flights

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To obtain Gold membership, you need to earn 700 Status Credits in a 12-month period.

To maintain (or extend) Gold membership for another year, you need to earn 600 Status Credits.

Once you have Gold status with one frequent flyer program, you can status match to others.


Business Class to the US, Europe and Asia on Finnair, Qantas and oneworld partners from $5295

This fare permits travel from Australia to Europe via North America in one direction, and via Asia in the other. For travel via North America, you must fly with Qantas between Sydney and San Francisco, and with Finnair between San Francisco and Helsinki.

Your flight between Sydney and San Francisco will be in Qantas’ Boeing 747 Business Class

Your flight between San Francisco and Helsinki will be in Finnair’s A330 Business Class

Example 1: Achieving Gold status from $5295

Routing: Sydney – San Francisco – Helsinki – Paris // make your own way to // Barcelona – Helsinki – Bangkok – Sydney

Status Credits earn: 700

Example 2: Boosting SC earn from $5595

Routing: Perth – Sydney – San Francisco – Helsinki – Barcelona // make your own way to // Madrid – Helsinki – Singapore – Hong Kong – Melbourne – Perth

Status Credits earn: 960

Example 3: via North Asia from $5715

Routing: Melbourne – Brisbane – Tokyo – Seoul – Helsinki – Amsterdam // make your own way to // Copenhagen – Helsinki – San Francisco – Sydney – Melbourne

Status Credits earn: 820

Key terms

  • On sale until 8 January 2018
  • For travel from 15 May until 27 September 2018 (in line with Finnair’s seasonal service to San Francisco)—travel from 30 June 2018 onwards incurs a $400 surcharge
  • Valid from all major Australian cities. The lowest rates apply from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart. A surcharge of $250 applies for departures from Brisbane, Perth and Darwin
  • This fare must fly the Helsinki to San Francisco leg (or vice versa) between 15 May and 27 September 2018 as this is a seasonal service by Finnair—San Francisco is the only US stopover option
  • The cheapest Asian transit/stopover point is Bangkok, yet travel can be via various other ports such as Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore for a surcharge ranging from $150 to $450. Some intra-Asia sectors are permitted on Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines (see examples above)
  • You can travel in either direction, e.g. Asia first and the US last (or vice versa)
  • You can choose your destination from cities that Finnair services in Europe
  • If you are looking to increase Status Credits earn, try to visit cities in Europe that are further from Helsinki, such as Madrid and Barcelona (80 Status Credits each way) rather than Paris, Rome and London (60 Status Credits)
  • Two stopovers are permitted each way, for example one before Europe and one after Europe, with transit only each way in Helsinki

This deal is exclusively available through our in-house travel agent, contactable via the enquiry form below.


See also our guides to the cheapest ways of earning Velocity and Star Alliance Gold status in one trip.

Fly around the world in oneworld Business Class from $5295 & earn Qantas Gold status in one trip was last modified: December 29th, 2017 by Matt Moffitt