Qantas is extending the qualification period for its recent 'fast track' status match to September 30 in light of recent travel restrictions.
The Qantas Status Fast Track promotion, which opened in April 2021 to Australian and New Zealand frequent flyers from over a dozen competing airlines, allowed successful applicants through to July 31 to earn a full year of Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status by notching up a mere 100 status credits.
In normal times, that'd be a cinch – but these times are far from normal, with several capital cities in lockdown following a flare-up of COVID-19 and New Zealand suspending its travel bubble with Australia.
Qantas has now added eight weeks to the previous July 31 deadline of the promotion's 'status challenge' period.
"With border restrictions in place, we understand it may not have been possible for you to travel as originally planned, so we've extended the time for you to complete your fast track to Gold," the airline says in an email to frequent flyers who've taken advantage of in the Qantas Status Fast Track offer.
"You now have until 30 September 2021 to earn the required 100 Status Credits," the airline says, adding that "during this extended period, you'll continue to enjoy access to our Qantas Club lounges when you fly with us."
"To access the Qantas Club, please make sure your Frequent Flyer number is in your booking, and simply present your boarding pass or digital Qantas Club card available on the Qantas App upon entry."
It's worth noting that those status credits don't all have to be earned by flying: they can also be pocketed on the ground through Qantas retail partners, one of which – BP – is now running a promotion to earn 50 status credits by making at least five transactions of $50 or more at BP service stations by September 30.
Granted, that's a lot of petrol – especially when fewer people than ever are commuting five days a week between home and office – but it's a valid shortcut that'll get you halfway to holding Qantas Gold status through to mid-2022.
The only catch is that BP says it can take up to eight weeks for those status credits to land in your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, so even at this point in the calendar you could be cutting things fine.