In this guide, I look at how to earn Status Credits and how many Status Credits you’ll need to reach the next tier of status. I also explain the difference between frequent flyer points and Status Credits.
Status Credits (SCs) determine which level of frequent flyer status you hold. The amount of SCs earned from a flight
• airline you fly
• distance you fly
• type of ticket you purchase
Generally, the more expensive the ticket you buy, the more SCs you’ll earn. For example, you will earn more SCs on a Business Class ticket from Sydney to Auckland than if you flew in Economy.
Similarly, taking a trip from Australia to Europe will net you more SCs than if you flew to Asia.
Frequent flyer points are earned not only through flying but also by signing up to and spending on a credit card, shopping online and making purchases with retail partners. Points can be redeemed for award flights as well as upgrades, gift cards and merchandise.
Status Credits (SCs), on the other hand, are designed to reward loyalty to an airline and its partners. Whilst you cannot ‘redeem’ SCs, the more you have, the better benefits you will receive from the frequent flyer program. These benefits include lounge access, complimentary upgrades and priority security screening.
The main way to earn Status Credits (SCs) is by flying with an airline and its partners.
Keep an eye out for double SCs offers from Qantas and Velocity. These tend to run 2-3 times a year. Taking advantage of these promotions, these are the best routes to do a ‘status run’ on with Qantas and Velocity.
If you hold the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black or American Express Velocity Platinum card, you can pick up bonus SCs with Qantas and Velocity, respectively.
Velocity members can also boost their SCs by shopping at Coles and pooling their SCs with family members.
When you join Qantas or Velocity Frequent Flyer, you’ll be a Bronze or Red member at the start, respectively. As you earn more Status Credits (SCs), you will move up the ranks, with each level granting you privileges such as priority check-in and boarding.
The next tier is Silver, but the third one—Gold—is where you start to get meaningful benefits like lounge access and upgrades. You’ll need 500 SCs + four eligible Virgin Australia flights to reach Gold with Velocity; for Qantas, you’ll need 700 SCs.
Once you reach Gold status, the number of SCs required to keep it decreases. For example, you’ll only need 400 and 600 SCs with Velocity and Qantas, respectively.
If you are a Qantas member and earn 7,000/14,000 SCs during your lifetime, you’ll receive lifetime Silver/Gold status.
Yes, they do. Status Credits are valid for 12 months and reset every membership year.
Status Credits determine the level of status you hold in a frequent flyer program. For Australia-based travellers, the most common programs are Qantas and Velocity Frequent Flyer.
You’ll earn Status Credits mainly through flying, but you can also boost your balance by holding specific credit cards, pooling your points and doing grocery shopping.
Note that your status level resets every 12 months, but the requirement for maintaining status is lower than reaching it in the first place. This makes it easier to hold onto status once you have it.
Once you reach Gold or Platinum status, it is worth looking into status matching to a similar level in other programs.
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