10 benefits we'd like to see Qantas give to 'Platinum One' frequent flyers

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.ausbt.com.au/10-benefits-we-d-like-to-see-qantas-give-to-platinum-one-frequent-flyers

    Thousands of Australia's most frequent flyers will quality for Qantas' new elite 'Platinum One' level, even with its lofty requirement of 3600 'status credits'.
    But so far the only benefit of belonging to this top tier for business travellers is access to what Qantas loosely calls "a dedicated contact team".
    Qantas is no doubt crunching numbers, finessing deals and signing contracts for a raft of other trimmings yet to be announced. In the meantime – and maybe even in the hope that we can inspire them - here's a list of 10 benefits we'd like to see Qantas offer to its Platinum One frequent flyers.

    • Complimentary Platinum Frequent Flyer status for your partner
    • Guaranteed upgrades
    • Automatic upgrades
    • Frequent flyer points 'overdraft'
    • Extra availability of award seats
    • Free valet parking
    • Limousine transfers to and from the airport
    • The return of Anytime Access
    • Increased guest capacity
    • Priority boarding on domestic flights
     
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  2. Simon
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    Interesting ideas.
    • Complimentary Platinum Frequent Flyer status for your partner
    Highly unlikely they will give Platinum status away to a partner thus top OneWorld status. JAL does this so I guess there is hope.
    • Guaranteed upgrades
    This shouldn't just be a P1 benefit but rather a benefit for all QFF.
    • Automatic upgrades

    Doesn't seem to match the Asia East Australian model but rather fits the US model thus probably unlikely.

    • Frequent flyer points 'overdraft'
    Could be possible but again M&M are the only FF i am aware of that do this.
    • Extra availability of award seats
    Seems possible.
    • Free valet parking
    2-4 times a year seems reasonable as you suggested.
    • Limousine transfers to and from the airport
    Same as valet parking.
    • The return of Anytime Access
    I don't see them bringing back something that caused so much fuss back again anytime soon. Would you if you were QF bring it back? It's like pouring salt water on an old wound.
    • Increased guest capacity
    Why not just allow to guest 2 into F so same as C lounge access if anything?
    • Priority boarding on domestic flights

    Logistically could be difficult to change but seems easy in theory.
     
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  3. Randy Petersen
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    Excellent dialogue of benefits. Thanks for ideas that could be suggested to other programs as well.
     
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  4. I've been a member of QFF for more than twenty years, by default, if you've ever lived in Australia you haven't had much choice, the only other Aussie airline Ansett for domestic only existed many years back now, and although Virgin has come into the fray in recent years, still only choice of two airlines for domestic..... but if the past is an indicator of the future, I wouldn't expect much from Qantas.
     
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  5. Simon
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    You are forgetting about Tiger Air! But seriously you are correct. I've said it a dozen times, if DJ joins an alliance QF might really get a run for its money and make some radical changes to keep itself in the game. If that happens maybe some of these ideas would be more possible.
     
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  6. Virgin have hooked up with Delta, we may see more

    Virgin Australia secures Delta alliance


    THE third leg of Virgin Australia's international network strategy has dropped into place with a turnaround by the US Department of Transportation on antitrust immunity for the carrier's alliance with Delta Air Lines.
    The US department had initially indicated that it would oppose the alliance but said today it intended to grant approval for the marketing and operational alliance across the Pacific.
    The alliance will enable the airlines to provide passengers with an expanded network of destinations, seamless connections, better flight schedules and the opportunity to earn and burn frequent flyer points on each other's networks.
    It will allow them to better compete with Qantas on the route.
    "The Delta alliance is a key plank in Virgin Australia's strategy to build an international network of airline partners that offers global coverage," Virgin chief executive John Borghetti said.

    "Guests on our award-winning international airline V Australia will be able to connect seamlessly to Delta's extensive network of over 200 destinations in North America, including Canada and Mexico, and earn frequent flyer points in the process."
    Delta chief executive Richard Anderson said the decision would mean the relationship between the two airlines would be "extraordinarily enhanced".
    "Both airlines worked very hard to provide the DOT with the required documentation, and we applaud their interest and attention during this process," Mr Anderson said.






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    My thoughts as a lowly silver
    • Complimentary Platinum Frequent Flyer status for your partner
    Seems a reasonable enough request to me.
    • Guaranteed/Automatic upgrades
    Once again think these are both reasonable
    • Frequent flyer points 'overdraft'
    From a business point of view I would not allow this. If you never fly with again how would they go at getting them back?
    • Extra availability of award seats
    Well that needs to apply across the board. Qantas seems to be happy to let a plane leave with empty seats rather than allow decent redemption rates
    • Free valet parking
    Once again, this should be a given
    • Limousine transfers to and from the airport
    I think this is an unreasonable one. So you pay $99 for red hot special and expect them to send a limo? However, if they don't already, they should provide limo service for First Class passengers.
    • Increased guest capacity
    My problem with this one isn't everyone always bitching about how crowded the lounges are?
    • Priority boarding on domestic flights
    This seems so easy and obvious you have to question why it is not already in place.
     
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    I believe the way M&M deal with this is more on an honor system. I cannot imagine there are many people that make P1 that would abuse this system as they would just end up being kicked out of the QF program and I guess maybe face legal action if they are dedicated enough.
     
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    Incorrect. If you do not repay the HON/SEN overdraft and drop to FTL or lower status then LH sends you a bill for the miles (at an inflated price).
     
  10. Simon
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    But what happens if you fail to pay? As i mentioned, I would imagine you get thrown out of the program.
     
  11. For the Delta Virgin interested


    Virgin chases corporate set in lounge revamp







    VIRGIN Australia is working on a new two-level lounge at Sydney airport and will open a new Brisbane facility within six weeks to lure more business travellers after yesterday launching its first new premium lounge in Melbourne.
    The Melbourne lounge, designed by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, features multiple zones for meetings, wireless internet capabilities, a funky bar area with adjustable lighting and a quiet library area.
    "We have created an area that we think people are going to be able to enjoy to bring back some of the enjoyment of travelling," Virgin Australia group executive of product and guest services, Martin Daley said yesterday.
    The lounge, which can seat 300 people, also features an enhanced food offering drawing on Virgin's culinary partnership with renowned chef Luke Mangan.
    The menu will be changed monthly and the food will not be the same at any two Virgin lounges in Australia.







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    Mr Daley said the new Brisbane lounge would be the next to open within six weeks. The airline will then start work on the new Sydney facility, which will be constructed over two levels.
    The upper level will boast panoramic views of the airport and Botany Bay. The Sydney lounge will be serviced by Virgin's premium kerbside entrance and kerbside valet service.
    Mr Daley said Virgin was eyeing a similar entrance in Brisbane.
    The new lounges are part of Virgin chief executive John Borghetti's Game Change program which is taking Virgin more upmarket to double its share of the corporate travel market to 20 per cent in two years' time.
    Virgin yesterday also simplified its fare structure, cutting its five fare types to three.
    The three categories will now be Saver, Flexi and Premium.



     
  12. Simon
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    Let the war between DJ and QF begin and shall the customers win through this battle for our allegiance through offering the best products and services. ;)
     
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    From 26 May to 22 July, QF Platinums and Golds flying on any DJ ticket will be admitted to DJ's SYD and MEL lounges. And if they're flying on a QF ticket from MEL, they can still ask for a private escorted tour of the lounge.
     
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