How to reach Qantas Gold status

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Overview

In this guide, we share some of the tips and tricks to reach Qantas Gold Status. Gold is the sweet-spot status level, offering priority services, a handy bump in the seat upgrade queue, global premium lounge privileges and a 75% Qantas points bonus.

As always, we recommend that you don’t increase your spending just to reach Qantas Gold, however, everyone values the benefit at a different level, so be sure to run your own numbers. For example, let’s say you will be doing a large amount of flying for work and wish to upgrade already purchased flights to Business. In this scenario, Gold is a valuable option, placing you at the front of the Seat Upgrade queue.

Qantas Status

Qantas Frequent Flyer offers members a host of added perks subject to their status level. We review what you need to do to reach each level and the benefits on offer!

Qantas Reward Seats

The traditional Qantas points redemption method – Classic Reward seats.

Qantas Earn Guide

All the ins and outs of earning Qantas points flying with Qantas, Jetstar and partner airlines.

Qantas Gold benefit summary

We’ve compared Gold against the Silver (lower) and Platinum (higher) Qantas status levels in the table below.

It’s important to remember that Qantas offers an optional 50 status credit ‘loyalty bonus’ at the 500 status credit mark, which drops the number of credits required to reach Qantas Gold down to 650 (reach Gold status) and 550 (retain Gold status). You can opt to take 8,000 Qantas points, but that’s not recommended if Gold status is within reach, as the status bonus comes in very handy if you’re just short!

Click on each benefit for the relevant benefit’s guide, or the row (+ icon) for a summary.

* For a detailed run-down on Qantas premium lounge access and eligibility, launch our full Qantas lounge guide.

Reaching Qantas Gold status

You are required to earn 700 Status Credits within any single ‘membership year’ to reach Gold status. To find out when your membership year begins, refer to your ‘anniversary date’ (online in your Frequent Flyer account). The target is effectively 650, factoring in the 50 status credit bonus, which is received on reaching 500 status credits.

Once you hit 700 Qantas status credits, you’ll receive Gold perks for the remainder of that current membership year, in addition to the next full membership year. Consequently, the earlier you reach Gold status in any one membership year, the longer you’ll have to realise the benefits!

Qantas Gold status gives you priority access to the most popular Classic Reward seats, like Business Class on the Qantas A380 to Europe.

To provide you with a basic indication on just how many flights are required to reach Qantas Gold, we’ve outlined some very basic annual flying activity below. Note, these are overly-simplified, in order to indicate what flight investment is required as a starting point. To benchmark status credit earn value, we calculate the cost ($1) per Qantas status credit (calculated as flight cost/ Qantas status credits received). If you’re flexible with flights and travel plans, you can halve this investment at the very least.

All of our ‘reach Gold status’ examples factor in the Qantas loyalty bonus (50 status credits), received once 500 credits have been reached (yielding a 650 credit target for Gold instead of 700).

  • 33 return flights from Melb – Syd in Econ Sale (~$9,174 in flights, or $14/status credit)
  • 16 return flights from Melb – Syd in Econ Flex (~$14,400 in flights, or $22/status credit)
  • 8 return flights from Melb – Syd in Business (~$13,248 in flights, or $20/status credit)
  • 7 return flights from Melb – LA, + 1 from Melb – Syd, Econ Sale (~$8,680 in flights, or $13/status credit)

As you can see, domestic fares are no longer an efficient status credit earner, however, international travel offers better returns, especially if you buy fares when they’re on sale.

Qantas Gold requires 8 return flights from Melbourne to Sydney in Business (~$13,248 in flights, or $20/status credit)

Unlike Velocity, flying is the exclusive Qantas status credit earn source. Read our reaching Velocity Gold article or find out more about earning Velocity status credits at Coles supermarkets.

Our tips for reaching Qantas Gold for less

Click here to read our general tips for earning Qantas status credits.

Qantas Double Status promos top our list of tips to reach Qantas Gold status

All of these are applicable to reaching Qantas Gold status and we’ve incorporated many in our examples below, including:

Be flexible
Book promo fares
Double Status promos
Fly with Jetstar
Indirect flights
Partner airlines
Book in Business Class
Be flexible

If you’re flexible with dates, times and even destination, you can improve your status credit earn rate drastically. Learn more here.

Book promo fares

If you can have the opportunity to tailor your travel plans in order to find the cheapest eligible fares, you’ll be well on your way to reducing your $/credit. Learn more here.

Double Status promos

At a rate of about twice to three times a year, Qantas offers limited ‘Double Status’ promotions on Qantas operated flights. These can be incredibly valuable, especially with high earning flights like long-haul and Business travel. If you can hold off until these, you’ll up your earning capacity significantly. Learn more here.

Fly with Jetstar

Choosing Jetstar’s ‘Max’ bundle on majorly discounted Economy fares can attract a healthy status credit earn rate. Learn more here.

Indirect flights

By simply choosing an indirect flight (‘via’ another destination), you can increase your Qantas status credit earning efficiency. Learn more here.

Partner airlines

Qantas partner airlines frequently offer very reasonable promotional fares, which can cut your cost per status credit significantly. Learn more here.

Book in Business Class

High status credit earning Business Class fares aren’t always as expensive as you think, with Qantas and it’s partners regularly cutting fares on short-haul flights to and within regions like Asia (long-haul flights, especially with Qantas, rarely receive meaty discounts). Pair a heavily discounted Qantas Business flight to Asia with a ‘Double Status’ promotion and you’ll be well on your way to Gold in one return flight! Learn more here.

Reaching Qantas Gold – ‘Everyday’ examples

In this section, we provide ‘Everyday’ examples of flight activity to display what it takes to reach Qantas Gold. These examples don’t aggressively hunt down value, rather they represent a more structured annual itinerary, where you don’t have the opportunity to tailor your travel plans in order to seek out value. For example, we don’t take advantage of a Qantas ‘Double Status’ promotion in any of the flights below, as it’s assumed that booking these flights would be significantly less flexible in the same way our ‘Value’ examples are.

In each example, we factor in the 50 status credit loyalty bonus, received once 500 status credits have been reached (effectively yielding a 650 credit target for Gold instead of 700).

If you’re more flexible with your travel plans, including date and destination (e.g. holiday and non-restricted travel), skip to our ‘Value’ examples.

‘Everyday’ example 1 – Economy only

Base: Melbourne; Region: International & Domestic; Carrier: Qantas only; Cabin Class: Economy

This example features:

  • Most fares are Discount Economy (Economy Sale) to represent Qantas’ cheapest everyday fare pricing, no major promotional fares
  • Some of the most cost-effective status credit earning domestic flights from Melbourne (utilising the indirect flight tip)

To Reach Status

Status Earn Flight Status Credits Flight Sectors Cost (Cost/ SC)
7 x MEL-SYD return Econ. Sale 140 (10×14) 14 $1,946

($14)

 

MEL-LHR (via DUB) return Econ. Sale

190 (95+95) 4 $1,500

($7.90)

MEL-NRT (via BRIS) Econ. Sale

NRT-MEL (via SIN) Econ. Saver

120 (60+60) 4 $870

($7.25)

MEL-CAIRNS (via BRIS) return Econ Flex 120 (60+60) 4 $900

($7.50)

MEL-LA return Econ. Sale 90 (45+45) 2  $1,000

($11)

  560 (550 req.) 28 (4 req.)  $6,316

($11.20)

Reach Qantas Gold – ‘Value’ examples

In this section, we provide some low-cost examples on how to reach Qantas Gold status. At the very least, these examples halve your cost per status credit vs the ‘Everyday’ examples above. These examples suit non-structured travel plans, where you’re flexible with dates, times and even location (e.g. holiday-type plans). In each example, we factor in the 50 status credit loyalty bonus, received once 500 status credits have been reached (which effectively results in a 650 Qantas status credit Gold target).

In all of our examples, we don’t include any aggressive ‘status run’ activity (which is best suited to advanced frequent flyers). However, we do include several tricks to improving your status earn rate, including one of the most valuable methods, using Qantas ‘Double Status’ promotions.

We’ll flag which tips we’ve used where present.

Reach Qantas Gold: Value Example 1 – Economy only, DSC Promo used

Base: Melbourne; Region: International & Domestic; Carriers: Qantas; Cabin Class: Economy

This example features:

  • Limited promo fares (utilising the promo fares tip)
  • 1 x use of the Qantas ‘Double Status’ promotion (utilising the DSC promo tip)
  • Some of the most cost-effective status credit earning domestic flights from Melbourne (utilising the indirect flight tip)

To Reach Status

Status Earn Flight Status Credits Flight Sectors Cost ($/ SC)
MEL-NYC return (Econ Sale) (Ltd. Promo Fare *Nov ’17; DSC Promo Used) 320 (140+140)

(+18,400 pts)

4 $850

($2.6)

MEL-GC (via SYD) return Econ. Flex 80 (40+40) 4 $588

($7.35)

MEL-NRT (via BRIS) Econ. Sale

NRT-MEL (via SIN) Econ. Saver

120 4 $870

($7.25)

 
  520 (650 req.) 28 (4 req.)  $2,308

($11.20)

Reach Qantas Gold: Value Example 2 – Includes some Business, DSC promo used

Base: Melbourne; Region: International & Domestic; Carrier: Qantas; Cabin Class: Economy & Business

This example features:

  • Limited promo fares, including major Business Class discounts (utilising the Business Class tip)
  • 1 x use of the Qantas ‘Double Status’ promotion (utilising the DSC promo tip)
  • Some of the most cost-effective status credit earning domestic flights from Melbourne (utilising the indirect flight tip)

To Reach Status

Status Earn Flight Status Credits Flight Sectors Cost ($/ SC)
MEL-DPS (Bali) (via SYD) return Business Sale (Ltd. Promo Fare *Nov ’17); DSC Promo Used 640 (320+320)

(+18,400 pts)

4 $1,771

($2.70)

MEL-SYD one way Econ. Sale 10 1 $139

($14)

  650 (650 req.) 5 (4 req.) $1,910

($2.90)

Reach Qantas Gold: Value Example 3 – Includes some Business & partner carriers

Base: Melbourne; Region: International & Domestic; Carrier: Qantas; Cabin Class: Economy & Business

This example features:

  • Limited promo fares, including major Business Class discounts (utilising the Business Class tip)
  • 1 x use of the Qantas ‘Double Status’ promotion (utilising the DSC promo tip)
  • Some of the most cost-effective status credit earning domestic flights from Melbourne (utilising the indirect flight tip)

To Reach Status

Status Earn Flight Status Credits Flight Sectors Cost ($/ SC)
MEL-LHR (via SYD) return Econ. Sale; DSC Promo Used 320 (160+160)

(+14,000 pts)

6 $1,500

($4.68)

LHR-BCN (via MAD) IB return Business 200 (100+100) 4 $446

($2.23)

MEL-HK (via BRIS) return Econ Sale (Ltd. Promo Fare *Nov ’17)  90 (45+45) 4 $590

($6.60)

 

 MEL-GC (via SYD) return Econ. Sale  40 (20+20) 4  

$350

($8.75)

  650 (650 req.) 5 (4 req.) $2,881

($4.43)

Reach Qantas Gold status quicker with Malaysia Airline’s high status credit earning regional Business Class. Pictured is the Golden Lounge in Kuala Lumpur

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