Qatar Airways is widely regarded as being one of the world's best airlines for business travellers – especially if you're ensconced in the airline's superb Qsuite, although any business class journey still includes an extensive restaurant-style 'dine on demand' menu plus stellar service from an attentive cabin crew.
And with daily flights from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to one of over 160 destinations, it's not as if you need additional justification to travel with Qatar Airways.
But here's one more reason anyway: the opportunity to pocket Gold or Platinum status with just one flight under a special "fast-track your tier" promotion for Australian travellers, running through to October 31, 2019.
That shiny status comes via Qatar Airways' Privilege Club frequent flyer program – and with Qatar Airways being a member of the Oneworld alliance, your freshly-pressed perks extend right across other Oneworld airlines including Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, JAL, Malaysia Airlines and many others.
For example, Qatar Airways' Privilege Club Gold equates to Gold with Qantas Frequent Flyer and Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club, under the umbrella of Oneworld Sapphire; and Privilege Club Platinum lines up alongside Qantas Platinum and Cathay Pacific Diamond as part of the top Oneworld Emerald tier.
Practical benefits include access to business class and first class lounges, priority check-in and boarding, a more generous checked luggage allowance, and being higher up the pecking order when it comes to upgrades.
Those are definitely benefits worth having, and here's how they can be yours with a single Qatar Airways flight.
1. If you're not already a member of Qatar Airways' Privilege Club frequent flyer program, sign up here. It's fast, it's free, and even though you'll be starting at the entry-level Burgundy tier, you won't be there for long. However, note that this offer is available only to members whose country of residence, as listed in their Privilege Club account, is Australia.
2. Book a Qatar Airways flight from Australia, in either business class or first class, by 31 October 2019, for travel until 31 March 2020. That's a tight 'book by' window, so if you've been contemplating a business trip or a well-earned holiday through to the end of March next year, this could be the time to get that locked down. This can even be a one-way flight, in case your itinerary doesn't lend itself to making the return journey with Qatar Airways.
3. Register for this fast-track promotion at least 24 hours before your flight, although there's no harm in doing it as soon as you book. Log into your Privilege Club account and select My Offers, then set the 'Offers filter' to show 'New offers', and when you see the fast-track promotion come up, click the Register button.
4. Now you're set for a gratis status bump, which kicks in 30 days after the start of your trip. Privilege Club Burgundy and Silver members will automatically be gifted Gold status (equivalent to Oneworld Sapphire), and if you're currently at Privilege Club Gold you'll be upgraded to Platinum (Oneworld Emerald). If you're already Privilege Club Platinum, that status will be extended for one year beyond your tier expiry date.
Being able to rocket from zero status to Gold-plated hero status with one flight is very compelling.
Without the benefit of this fast-track promotion you'd need to make at least two return business class trips with Qatar Airways from Australia to London to earn enough Qpoints (Qatar's equivalent of status credits or tier miles) to qualify for Privilege Club Gold status – but the fast-track deal gets you Gold with just one flight, as long as you make your booking by 31 October 2019 and travel by 31 March 2020.
For more on this special promotion, visit the Qatar Airways Privilege Club web site.