The Quest for Platinum

If you are reading my blog it should come as no surprise to you that travel is a big part of my life. I enjoy it. I also enjoy the perks that come with a lot of frequent travel and even strive to attain those perks. A few years ago, this took me right to the top echelons of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program when I attained Platinum One status. The year that followed was certainly worth it, in my eyes. This entry isn’t about aiming for that level again, as I just don’t have the time or money for that. However, I recently dropped back to Gold, having been a Platinum (or higher) frequent flyer member for the last 4-5 years. I was happy and ready to accept that fate, when a double status credit offer appeared in my inbox and suddenly all bets were off.

Over a long weekend in April I took 12 flights that placed me back in the Platinum arena for the next two years. Where I go from there is unknown and is not important. This entry serves as a record of that journey in pictoral form. I don’t think anyone needs to know what it cost, except to note it was extremely good value. 

Travels in 2016

This is a rather late entry, as I realise I forgot to do a 2016 travel recap. I had a little more activity than the previous year, travelling as far West as Perth and as far East as Fiji.

Despite the slightly larger map, I only flew one more flight comparatively, and not many more thousand kilometres. That said, 2017 looks set to be a huge year. But you’ll need to wait till the end of the year to hear more.

Travels in 2014

Despite deciding 2014 would be a slow year, it started with a bit of a flurry as I was given the opportunity to shoot for Platinum One status with Qantas. To get there, I needed to put in just a little more flying though. This lead to me almost doubling the amount of miles I flew, though actually flying 4 less segments.

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Understandably, a large chunk of the mileage came from a trip to Europe, but I still did my fair share of flying in Australia this year, beating last years purely domestic total by a hundred miles or so.

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Looking to the year ahead, my travels should drop off even more, and I’m not expecting another international trip, as those happen every few years or so.

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.

Travels to KTA

The past couple of days I’ve been travelling. Burning and earning points, but more importantly status credits, to improve my frequent flyer status.

A thread on AFF inspired me to do this post, about food. As I was travelling business class, the food was generally of a higher standard. I made sure I took photos and am sharing them here.

Travels in 2013

With 2013 coming to a close, I thought it appropriate to provide a snapshot of my travels this year, and a review.  It certainly was a big year, stretching the East Coast from the top, right down to the bottom.

From Thursday Island to Hobart
From Thursday Island to Hobart

I’ve had a few enjoyable trips this year, so it’s hard to pick just one highlight.  New destination for the year goes to HID (Horn Island/Thursday Island), right at the top of Queensland.  It’s a completely different world up there, and I really enjoyed seeing that.

Attending the QFM 25th anniversary dinner in LRE (Longreach) was also a great experience, giving me a chance to network and meet some influential people at the museum, all of them really friendly.

At the end of the year, my last trip to Sydney for a train trip to Canberra on two private carriages was something one of a kind.

Next year, I expect my travels to drops off as I enter university and take on that workload.  Having now seen the regional destinations of QLD on QantasLink, my focus would be to see regional ports in NSW, VIC and SA, however they’re not high on my list, as I just want to relax and focus on studies.  I expect I’ll head to AFF events when I can, and two gift vouchers for Christmas should help cover some of that.

Flying Mad

Flying… an expensive hobby of mine!

I have a route planned out that I want to take that would make me look like a nut case by a lot of people. The journey will be the reward, with the destination to just get back to the start. It’s crazy, I know.

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To be fair, the route came about because of a trip report that had been written by someone else, taking in a marvellous 9 flights in a single day just to get back to where they started. However, I’m looking to build on that, to take 14 flights in 2 days, and only because it can’t be done in just the 1.

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What exactly does that mean I hear you ask.  It means flying a route thats roughly the shape of Queensland in order to go no where.  I suppose ideally most would want to stop at each destination and do some exploring, but I feel I’ll see enough from the air.

Leaving Brisbane on a Thursday morning, I stop at Toowoomba, Charleville, Quilpie, Windorah, Birdsville, Bedourie, Boulia and finally Mount Isa in the late afternoon, to round out the day.

The next day, a Friday, I depart Mount Isa in the morning, to stop at Doomadgee, Burketown, Mornington Island, Normanton and Cairns by mid-afternoon.  I then take a flight home on a different carrier direct to Brisbane that evening.

What isn’t set in stone is the dates this happens on.  The only thing that is, is that it has to be a Thursday and Friday as the service doesn’t always run exactly as it does on other days, and I’m not sure I want to be spending too much time in Mount Isa.