I do approx 80 flights per year for the last 6 years, at least 70 with Virgin. 90% is domestic between either Brisbane/Gold Coast and Sydney/Melbourne. I never buy the most expensive ticket - it is usually a combination of the cheapest/departure time and destination that dictates what fare i take, i never go business because I simply do not need the leg space and I think for anything under 6 hours it is pointless expense. I take the family to nZ once a year most years so family pooling is activated (wife and 1 child qualify) and Have at least one trip to the states as well. My issue is i generally only just re-qualify for gold, let alone step up to platinum! It is the status credit earning on my flights that is hurting, even though I spend around $25000 on flights the miles, lack of business seats and the fact i buy the fare that suits is working against me. I feel i spend more than enough per year but is the system just geared wrong for my situatio and should i look at another frequent flyer programme - I want value for money - I am the definition if a frequent flyer yet the pay out is just not showing up. (I do link flybuys as well but its very minimal - I never have time to get to a coles). Whats a recomendation to get status credits without spending a tonne more than I already do?