Gratis status: get companion Gold or Platinum with Qantas, Virgin

By Chris Chamberlin, October 13 2017

Frequent business travellers often manage to notch up Gold or even Platinum frequent flyer status, but if you fly more than most, your travels could also land your partner or spouse their own shiny frequent flyer card.

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia provide this perk to their high flying elite, which lets partners enjoy many of the same privileges as they would when accompanied by their frequent flying counterpart – such as lounge access and priority boarding – but when travelling on their lonesome.

Qantas Frequent Flyer: Partner Gold, Partner Platinum

On earning 2,400 status credits in a single membership year, Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum members can bump their partner or even a friend or colleague up to Gold status, opening the doors to the airline’s domestic Qantas Clubs and international business class lounges.

Enjoy a preflight cocktail together at the Qantas Business Lounge, Los Angeles
Enjoy a preflight cocktail together at the Qantas Business Lounge, Los Angeles

Add to that the business class lounges of other Oneworld airlines such as British Airways and Cathay Pacific; American Airlines’ Admirals Clubs and Flagship Lounges; most Emirates lounges around the globe (except in places like LA and Johannesburg); the Fiji Airways Tabua Lounge in Nadi; Alaska Airlines' Board Rooms; El Al Israel Airlines lounges and Chnia Eastern lounges.

Cathay Pacific's The Wing Business Class Lounge welcomes Qantas Gold FFs
Cathay Pacific's The Wing Business Class Lounge welcomes Qantas Gold FFs

There’s also the ‘priority triple play’ covering check-in, boarding and baggage; the ability to earn 75% more points when flying with Qantas, Jetstar and American Airlines; security fast track on domestic flights, better seat selection and more.

Read our full guide: Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold

Qantas’ most frequent travellers who qualify for Platinum One status – that’s 3,600 status credits per membership year with at least 2,700 on QF flight numbers – can bump their partner up to Platinum status.

That comes with access to the airline’s flagship first class lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles when flying abroad and the Qantas domestic business class lounges when jetting around Australia.

Your partner can cool their heels in Qantas' first class lounge at Sydney Airport
Your partner can cool their heels in Qantas' first class lounge at Sydney Airport

The 75% points bonus for Gold is also upgraded to 100%, and with Oneworld Emerald status the alliance’s first class lounges will await your partner’s entry, as will the Emirates first class lounges in Dubai.

Read more: Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum: the unofficial guide

Virgin Australia Velocity: Partner Gold, Platinum

Virgin Australia’s Platinum members who not only retain their existing top-tier status (requiring 800 status credits) but also earn a further 500 status credits in the same membership year can nab a similar companion Gold membership for a recipient of their choice.

That comes with all of the usual Gold perks including 75% more points on selected flights (excludes domestic Getaway fares), lounge access with Virgin Australia and its partners including Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and more, plus free Gold-level status with either Hilton or IHG and either Hertz or Europcar.

Velocity Gold status unlocks the Virgin Australia Lounge at Melbourne Airport
Velocity Gold status unlocks the Virgin Australia Lounge at Melbourne Airport

Add to that priority check-in, security screening, boarding and baggage delivery, domestic ‘Fly Ahead’ (again, except on Getaway fares) and the ability to use points for upgrades to premium economy and business class on Virgin Australia’s Los Angeles and Hong Kong flights.

Read more: Our guide to Virgin Australia Velocity Gold

If you happen to earn yet another 500 status credits in one membership year – that’s the 800 status credits to retain Platinum, 500 status credits for Partner Gold, plus another 500 status credits to total 1,800 – the person you gifted Gold to will rise to Platinum.

Atop the Gold perks, Platinum brings with it access to the Etihad Airways First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi, double points on Virgin Australia flights (except domestic Getaway fares), and higher-tier hotel and car hire status.

Platinum members also enjoy four free Virgin Australia business class upgrades each year on domestic and short-haul international flights (excludes Hong Kong and Los Angeles), an allowance of three guests in the domestic lounges, access to domestic 'Economy X' extra legroom seats at no extra charge, and more.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 298

My wife always complained "another trip today" until she started getting companion status, then she said "you fly more I like these perks"

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2013

Total posts 209

I suspect the real reason my EA keeps me airborne is that she LOVES the companion Platinum status I've been gifting her the past few years :-)

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 298

I was off by about 30 status credits for companion platinum but could’t be brothered. Hopefully one day Borghetti gives me VIP status then the wife will be impressed.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

25 Jul 2012

Total posts 4

Yuh...I gave my VA Companion Gold to my father based on the theory that I could switch him from QF and my wife mostly only travels with me anyway. Companion Gold quickly turned to Companion Platinum. Wifes not happy!

14 Aug 2017

Total posts 1

Would love to chat with someone who is willing to become my friend and bump me up to gold status. Happy to negotiate a win win for both of us.

13 Oct 2017

Total posts 1

A distinction between the "bump" to Gold and Platinum companion status on QF - the bump to Gold at 2,400 SC is an option you can choose from (the others being 50k points or 3 complimentary valets) whereas the bump to Platinum at P1 status is a complimentary benefit of P1 status.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

02 Jan 2016

Total posts 4

Myself & another guest were refused entry to Etihad 1st Class lounge with our Platinum Velocity but they let me in with my Alitalia card. Unless policy has changed since April it won't work. Also just flown Etihad first class SYD LHR & the chauffeurs aren't the only economies they are making. Their lounges aren't worth visiting. No Dates, nibbles, very little choice of food. We had booked flights before the no Chauffeur change came when 150 miles was OK for first class Chauffeur in London but we were charge 1.50 GBP per mile over 90 miles as they have reduced that also. Emirates here I come!! Cheers Mo

British Airways Executive Club Gold

25 Jun 2015

Total posts 22

Reaching Gold Guest List (GGL) with BA allows you to gift 1 Gold (oneworld Emerald) and 2 Silver (oneworld Sapphire). GGL does require 5000 Tier Points (TP) to attain but only 3000 to requalify - also unlike QF Platinum One you only need the 4 eligible flights (BA/IB metal or BA codeshare) plus the TPs to qualify with no minimum amount on BA metal required.

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