With the coronavirus causing huge disruption to the travel industry and people’s individual travel plans, Qantas has decided to give frequent flyer members a 12-month status extension to help them preserve the benefits they’ve earned and bring peace of mind.

Frequent flyer members with a membership year anniversary date between March 2020 and February 2021 who haven’t yet earned enough status credits to re-qualify for next year will automatically retain their current status for 12 months. This includes members on Status Hold, and members who have received complimentary Gold membership, or complimentary Platinum membership from a Platinum One member.

For example, if your membership year ends on 31 October 2020 and you haven’t earned enough status credits to retain status beyond that date, your current status will be automatically extended to 31 October 2021.

If you’re eligible, you do not need to register for this benefit. It will be provided automatically. Just look for a confirmation email from  Qantas by 27 March if your membership year ends between March and June 2020, or by 9 April if your membership year is between July 2020 and February 2021.

You can view your Membership Year end date on your membership card, at qantas.com via My Account or the Qantas App.

This news will surely be welcomed by frequent flyers (and it’s a lot more generous that Virgin Australia’s decision to simply gift members bonus status credits).

For more info about status extension, visit Qantas’ website here.

While you’re here, a reminder that there only a few weeks left to get a huge 100,000 bonus Qantas Points with our top pick of Qantas credit cards: the Qantas American Express Platinum Card.

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