Qantas is once again offering frequent flyers from Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and over a dozen other airlines a status match into its own loyalty program through the Qantas Status Fast Track challenge.
The challenge runs from December 1 2021 to February 28 2022, and successful applicants can lock down a full year of Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status by earning a mere 100 status credits instead of the usual tally of 700 status credits within those three months.
On top of that, you'll enjoy some immediate Gold-grade perks such as lounge access and extra checked baggage through 90 days of complimentary Qantas Club membership.
However, the Qantas Gold tier is all that's on offer. Even if you hold a higher equivalent tier in a competing airline's reward scheme, you'll land at Qantas Gold rather than be fast tracked to Qantas' shiny Platinum perch.
It's not only local competitors Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand in Qantas' crosshairs: the status match roster is ripe with 16 airlines across Asia and around the world, among them heavy-hitters such as Singapore Airlines, ANA, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, United Airlines and Air Canada.
Ready to make your move on the Qantas Status Fast Track promotion? Read on.
- Which airlines will Qantas status match against?
- Who is eligible for the Qantas Status Fast Track?
- How long does the Qantas Status Fast Track offer run for?
- What does 100 Qantas status credits look like?
- What status does the Qantas Status Fast Track offer?
- What are the key benefits of Qantas Gold status?
- Instant Qantas Club membership
- Earning a full year of Qantas Gold status
- How to apply for the Qantas Status Fast Track
Which airlines will Qantas status match against?
The Qantas Status Fast Track promotion offers a year of Qantas Gold status across the following airlines and frequent flyer tiers:
- Air Canada: Aeroplan 50K, 75K and Super Elite
- Air China: Phoenix Miles Gold, Platinum
- Air India: Flying Returns Golden Edge Club, Maharajah Club
- Air New Zealand: Airpoints Gold, Elite
- ANA: Mileage Club Platinum, Diamond
- Asiana Airlines: Asiana Club Diamond, Diamond Plus, Platinum
- Delta Air Lines: Skymiles Gold Medallion, Platinum Medallion, Diamond Medallion
- Eva Air: Infinity MileageLands Gold Card, Diamond Card
- Etihad Airways: Etihad Guest Gold, Platinum
- Korean Air: Skypass Morning Calm Premium Club Card, Million Miler Club Card
- Shenzhen Airlines: PhoenixMiles Gold, Platinum
- Singapore Airlines: KrisFlyer Elite Gold, PPS Club, Solitaire PPS Club
- South African Airways: SAA Voyager Gold, Platinum
- Thai Airways: Royal Orchid Plus, Gold, Platinum
- United Airlines: MileagePlus Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, Premier 1K
- Virgin Australia: Velocity Gold, Platinum
It should go without saying that the Qantas Status Fast Track doesn't extend to other Oneworld airlines or to Qantas partners such as Emirates and China Airlines.
"We know there are a lot of people who missed out when we did this previously, so if they’re willing to come across to Qantas, we will fast track them to Gold status," says Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth.
"They will start enjoying the benefits that come with that including access to lounges, additional baggage allowance and earn more points when they travel."
Who is eligible for the Qantas Status Fast Track?
In addition to holding top-tier status with one of the above airlines, you'll of course need to be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme.
If you've not yet signed up, it's fast and – with the right promotional code – it's free.
Yes, there's a nominal $99.50 joining fee, but you can sidestep that at www.qantas.com/freejoin.
You'll also need to make sure your Qantas Frequent Flyer profile lists an Australian or New Zealand postal address, as this Qantas Status Fast Track promotion is not available to QFF member whose address is outside of those countries.
How long does the Qantas Status Fast Track offer run for?
Applications for this latest Qantas status match are open from today, Monday November 15 2021 through to Tuesday November 30 2021.
If your application gets the nod, the challenge will be automatically activated on 1 December 2021; you'll then have from December 1 2021 to February 28 2022 to earn those 100 status credits.
What does 100 Qantas status credits look like?
How many status credits you'll earn depends on the type of fare you've booked.
The cheapest Discount Economy fares can earn half as many status credits as the more expensive Flexible Economy tickets, with Business of course reaping the most status credits on any route.
However, as a quick reference:
- five Qantas Discount Economy return flights between Sydney-Melbourne or Sydney-Brisbane (or one return flight in business class plus another in discount economy) = 100 status credits
- four Qantas Discount Economy return flights on Melbourne-Brisbane (or one Qantas Business return flight) = 120 status credits
- one Qantas Flexible Economy return flight on Sydney-Singapore or Melbourne-Singapore = 120 status credits
- one Qantas Discount Business one-way flight on Sydney-Singapore or Melbourne-Singapore = 120 status credits
You can use the Qantas Points and Status Credits Calculator to check how many status credits you can earn across various routes under different types of tickets.
What status does the Qantas Status Fast Track offer?
As previously noted, regardless of whatever lofty status you may hold with an airline on the above list, Qantas is putting only Gold status in its own program on the table.
Of course, with that Qantas Gold card in hand you can work your way up to Qantas Platinum by earning the requisite 1,400 status credits in your membership year (and also notching up at least four flights with Qantas or Jetstar).
And as Qantas is a member of the Oneworld alliance, your Qantas Gold status is recognised on all Oneworld member airlines and packs similar perks such as access to business class lounges, priority check-in, boarding and baggage, and preferred seating.
This will come in very handy once international travel returns: for example, your Qantas Gold card opens the doors at most of Cathay Pacific's lounges in Hong Kong and around the world.
In the Oneworld ladder, Qantas Gold is equivalent to Oneworld Sapphire. Here are just a few of the matching Oneworld member tiers:
- American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro
- British Airways Executive Club Silver
- Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold
- Finnair Plus Gold
- Japan Airlines Global Club, Global Club Crystal, Global Club Sapphire, Mileage Bank Sapphire
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich Gold
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold
What are the key benefits of Qantas Gold status?
Here's a quick rundown of the ways that Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status makes your travels a little smoother:
- Access to domestic Qantas Club lounges
- Access to international Qantas Business lounges and Premium lounges
- Priority check-in
- Priority baggage
- Extra checked baggage allowance
- Access to premium security lanes
- Priority boarding
- Preferred seating
- Preferential access to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats
- On Departure Upgrade requests for domestic flights in Australia
- International Flight Classic Upgrade Reward Request Priority
- 75% more Qantas Points on eligible flights
- Matching Oneworld Sapphire status benefits on Oneworld partner airlines
Instant Qantas Club membership
As soon as your application for the Qantas Status Fast Track is activated on December 1 2021, all the way through to February 28 2022, you'll receive complimentary Qantas Club membership.
This means you don't get temporary Qantas Gold status – just a few core Qantas-specific perks such as lounge access, extra checked baggage and priority checkin.
Those fees were recently rejigged to slash the up-front joining cost from $399 to $99, while lifting annual and multi-year renewals by 8-11%.
Also read: Is Qantas Club membership worth the price?
Earning a full year of Qantas Gold status
As soon as your Qantas Status Fast Track challenge is approved, it's up to you to pocket those 100 Qantas status credits before the February 28 2022 deadline.
These can be earned with Qantas or Jetstar on domestic or international flights, or any Qantas partner airlines (including Emirates and Oneworld members), along with status credits earned on the ground.
How to apply for the Qantas Status Fast Track
Log into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account at Qantas.com and complete the online Expression of Interest form before 11:59pm (AEST) November 30, 2021.
You can expect to hear back from Qantas via email within two business days, at which point you'll need to provide a colour photo of your current frequent flyer program membership card (with a future expiry date) or a screenshot of your online account.
Both of those must show the qualifying airline's name, your name (which must match that of your Qantas Frequent Flyer account) and your eligible status.
Note that unlike the December 2020 status match, this time around Qantas has not said you also have to provide an activity statement for the last 18 months to demonstrate that you've earned that status with the qualifying airline.
All you need to do is hold the appropriate status with an eligible airline: which means your status could come via family pooling of status credits, as a gift from another frequent flyer or conceivably though another status match program.
Finally, registering your interest in the Qantas Status Fast Track doesn't guarantee you'll be invited to take part.
The airline warns that it "reserves the right to decline the Expression of Interest and or cancel the Qantas Frequent Flyer membership and status if the documents provided are found not to be genuine and/or do not meet our requirements."
For more information on the Qantas Status Fast Track offer, click through to qantas.com/statusfasttrack.