Status Points Run - Silver to Gold

Old Jul 10, 19, 11:58 am
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Status Points Run - Silver to Gold

Looking for advice. I'm 87 status points off Gold, need to earn SP by 20 August 2019. Any tips for the cheapest / easiest way to achieve this? I'll get 10-15 from credit card before then. From what I can gather it'll cost around $1k to get this, although I've been looking at this with severe jet lag :-) I'll be travelling to Europe again next year, so I think it's probably worth chasing the points. Thanks!
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Old Jul 10, 19, 12:15 pm
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Isn't 20 a return trip wlg to Akl. Depending on which fares get and might be $400ish return?
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Old Jul 10, 19, 1:11 pm
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20SP is about $150 tops, less if you're wanting multiple flights (remember even $39 main trunk flights are 8SP per flight)

Really depends on where you're based and where you want to fly..
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Old Jul 10, 19, 1:57 pm
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$1k would get you return flights to Asia on sale. You can definitely get 20sp for cheaper. Fly between AKL/CHC/WEL on the A320s on the cheapest flights you can book.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 2:03 pm
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Wlg to Rotorua or Tauranga via Auckland and back will smash this for sub 700
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Old Jul 10, 19, 2:04 pm
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OP said 87 SP off gold though correct?
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Old Jul 10, 19, 2:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Chessboxin View Post
OP said 87 SP off gold though correct?
I read it as 87 off but only needs 20 more before August assuming the other 67 is accounted for
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Old Jul 10, 19, 3:11 pm
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OP needs 87 status points by 20th August and thinks s/he may be able to get 10-15 from credit cards before then, meaning s/he needs to earn a further 72-77 SPs by the 20th. Not sure where this idea of subtracting 20 from the 87 comes from (have people misread the 20th date as needing 20?)

Asia on sale would seem to me to be the fastest way of doing it, and could combine it with a long weekend at the same time. Otherwise it's the domestic shuttle?
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Old Jul 10, 19, 4:50 pm
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Oh haha I see, we all misread it. We saw "20 August" and thought of that as 20sp.

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Old Jul 10, 19, 11:52 pm
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Sorry for the confusion, yup I did mean I need the points by 20th August :-)
And should have mentioned I"m based in Auckland.

I'll check out the Asia sale!
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Old Jul 11, 19, 1:23 am
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There’s another beaut someone posted in another thread for SP so have a search. Was a domestic run. Asia might be tiring and more time consuming. I did a screenshot but on phone at the moment.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 3:05 am
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Need 87 SP

How many from flights and how many from credit card ?
If you can get 87 from credit card and you do not need flights then maybe just pay some rates or tax ...they are surcharged but a lot cheaper than flights
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Old Jul 11, 19, 3:34 am
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Originally Posted by jp1973 View Post
Looking for advice. I'm 87 status points off Gold, need to earn SP by 20 August 2019. Any tips for the cheapest / easiest way to achieve this? I'll get 10-15 from credit card before then. From what I can gather it'll cost around $1k to get this, although I've been looking at this with severe jet lag :-) I'll be travelling to Europe again next year, so I think it's probably worth chasing the points. Thanks!
...and a warm welcome to FlyerTalk
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Old Jul 11, 19, 4:21 am
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I looked into this for fun.

I took a random day with domestic fares on sale - August 14th.

8:30am - 9:35am (AKL - WEL) - $39 8sp
10:04am - 11:05am (WEL - CHC) - $89 8sp
12:05 - 1:05 (CHC - WEL) $69 8sp
1:35 - 2:35pm (WEL - CHC) $89 8sp
3:05 - 4:05pm (CHC - WEL) $69 8sp
4:35pm - 5:35pm (WEL - CHC) $269 21 sp - flexi ticket
6pm - 7:20pm (CHC - AKL) $259 18sp - flexi ticket

TOTAL: $883 / 77 SP so you'd need that extra 10 or so SP you'll get from your card. If you think you'll get extra SP than just 10 you could downgrade some flexi tickets to normal tickets.

Looking into it, it's either do this or take a long haul flight there/back. Honolulu in The Works looked to be your cheapest ($860 for 74 SP if you get the on-sale fares going right now). Neither options are convenient, but at least this one would take 1 day versus 2 whole days spent on a plane in an economy seat. I would definitely pick this over a return Honolulu flight unless I was going to somehow make a vacation out of it.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 4:31 am
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Originally Posted by kiwifrequentflyer View Post
I looked into this for fun.

I took a random day with domestic fares on sale - August 14th.

8:30am - 9:35am (AKL - WEL) - $39 8sp
10:04am - 11:05am (WEL - CHC) - $89 8sp
12:05 - 1:05 (CHC - WEL) $69 8sp
1:35 - 2:35pm (WEL - CHC) $89 8sp
3:05 - 4:05pm (CHC - WEL) $69 8sp
4:35pm - 5:35pm (WEL - CHC) $269 21 sp - flexi ticket
6pm - 7:20pm (CHC - AKL) $259 18sp - flexi ticket

TOTAL: $883 / 77 SP so you'd need that extra 10 or so SP you'll get from your card. If you think you'll get extra SP than just 10 you could downgrade some flexi tickets to normal tickets.

Looking into it, it's either do this or take a long haul flight there/back. Honolulu in The Works looked to be your cheapest ($860 for 74 SP if you get the on-sale fares going right now). Neither options are convenient, but at least this one would take 1 day versus 2 whole days spent on a plane in an economy seat. I would definitely pick this over a return Honolulu flight unless I was going to somehow make a vacation out of it.
The problem with relying on many flights for the same day in winter is that you risk delayed or cancelled flights either leaving you stranded or not earning points as needed due to flights not being taken. Weather delays last year were significant.
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