I have 140 status points. I need another 210 points before I reach silver, where I get stuff. I only get 40 points for each round trip to Melbourne. Therefore:

Total status points required to be silver: 140 + 210 = 350 points

Points per round trip to Melbourne: 40

Number of round trips to Melbourne to reach silver: 350 / 40 = 9

Average cost per flight = $900.

So if I average 1 trip per month (which seems about right), and I already have 3 trips credited, I will reach silver in 6 months time, which is September, at an estimated cost of $5,400. Total cost to reach silver would be $8,100. That's a little outrageous isn't it?

It gets better, to get lifetime silver recognition, you need to get 7000 points. That would be 175 returns trips to Melbourne for me, or at my current average of 1 per months, in about 14 years time.

And silver doesn't even get you a Qantas Club membership, which is where all the **really** good stuff is. To get that, you need Gold, which is double the points required. But, when you are silver, you get an extra 25% bonus points.

Total status points required to be gold: 700 points

Points per round trip to Melbourne at silver level: 40 + 25% = 50

Number of round trips to Melbourne to reach silver: 9

Points left to reach Gold: 360

Number of extra round trips to Melbourne to reach gold (from silver): (700 – 360) / 50 = 7

Average cost per flight = $900.

Estimated cost for silver status: $8,100

Estimated cost for gold status: 7 * 900 + 8100 = $14,400

So, $14,400 and 16 trips to Melbourne to reach Gold status. That is, as long as I get to keep my points at all…..

Check out http://www.frequentflyer.com.au for tips on how to get status faster and cheaper.