ADL, OLP & MEL

Over the weekend I took a trip down to Adelaide to see a friend and do some aircraft spotting.  I also flew to Olympic Dam, to cross it off the list, as I do.   I then flew across to Melbourne to have dinner with Sze Sze, catch up with friends there, and attend the Designing 007 (James Bond) exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.  I then flew home.

That could be the end of my blog post, but I want to touch on a few things, as these flight were the first since achieving that coveted P1 status with Qantas.

To start with, all three mainline flights I was warmly greeted by the CSM once onboard, and a few things were noted, such as congratulations on my first flight for getting to P1, or an onboard upgrade to Business on flight two.  And yes, you heard that right, an upgrade, and not even on a full flight, I had plenty of space where I was.

I brought along my flight log book, a new thing for me and that enabled further discussion with the crew, and I even had an FO come chat to me about airshows, as well as two invites to the cockpit when we’d landed.

So far, the extra level of service seems very focused and leaves me feeling good, and perhaps just a bit special, onboard.

That said, not a lot to say about the Olympic Dam flights, as they were operated by Alliance.  Crew was friendly, but didn’t recognise me as anything out of the ordinary, though did recognise regulars, so I guess I just need to be a regular… unlikely to happen.

Qantas Platinum One

At the end of January I achieved the top status with Qantas, Platinum One.  The only way you get this is with a lot of flying, and while I’d like to get the other “top status” some day, Chairmans Lounge, I’m not in a rush to become a politician.

The pack arrived today, complete with new white Q tags, a lovely white frequent flyer card, and the gift I’d forgotten about, a branded iPad case.  I’ll definitely be using it!

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Ultimately, I don’t think I’ll manage to retain this status in the next year as it took far too much flying to achieve. But it’s cool to be there. Now it’s time to see if I’m treated any differently.