I’ve been a Qantas FF for many years, with all my corporate travel and points accumulating to this program. When travelling for personal reasons, I try to use my Qantas points for upgrades or classic rewards bookings.
In my new job, we are required to travel Virgin for all domestic travel (I travel fortnightly and am almost platinum on Velocity). As a result of the change to Virgin, I am rolling down through the tiers in Qantas, and will lose my gold status in eight months.
For international travel for work, we can use any airline for travel to Washington in business class (with the added perk of going first class if choosing Etihad).
I am trying to work out which airline I should direct my international travel towards. The option of first class is very appealing, but wondering if I should do two business trips with Qantas to maintain my gold status (to help with future upgrade requests / classic reward bookings).
Thanks in advance for your advice!