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This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel.
Looking for a shortcut to Qantas Platinum or Gold status? The airline's secret Tier Accelerator program is your answer.
It's not publicised and is issued at Qantas' discretion, but the Tier Accelerator provides a fast-track status match against the frequent flyer schemes of competing airlines including rivals such as Virgin Australia Velocity, Air New Zealand Airports, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and more.
Qantas' Tier Accelerator is a little bit 'fight club' – the airline doesn't like to talk about it – but here's how it works and how you can apply for it.
Qantas Tier Accelerator to Gold, Platinum status
The Qantas Tier Accelerator dramatically reduces the number of status credits – and thus the amount of flying – you need to qualify for that shiny Qantas Frequent Flyer card.
A mere 200 status credits is required to earn Gold status, compared to 700 status credits under the usual QFF rules.
Rocketing from a no-status zero to a Platinum hero takes just 400 status credits – a feat that'd usually take a solid 1,400 status credits.
These status credits must be racked up within three months of signing up for the Qantas Tier Accelerator offer,. but that's not a big ask.
One business class return trip from Sydney to Singapore or Hong Kong will net you 240 status credits, so you’re Gold with some to spare.
Two of those trips (or one flexible business class fare to Los Angeles and back) puts you in Platinum territory.
Note however that you won't be gifted Qantas Platinum or Gold status during that initial three month period: the only status you get is that which you earn through flying.
Once you reach that reduced Platinum or Gold threshold, however, the status is yours for a whole year: unlocking all the benefits such as domestic and international airport lounge access, priority check-in, a higher checked luggage allowance, bonus points on each flight and more.
How to apply for the Qantas Tier Accelerator scheme
Make your play for a fast-track to Qantas Platinum or Gold status by telephoning the Qantas Frequent Flyer team (on 13 1131 in Australia, or +61 294332329 from overseas) and expressing your interest in the Qantas Tier Accelerator program.
You'll need proof of your current Platinum-grade or Gold-grade status with a competing airline and be able to supply a copy of your account showing your recent travel with that airline. This is to weed out freeloading status-seekers who have done relatively little flying.
It's then up to Qantas to decide if you’re a customer worth chasing – as noted earlier, an invitation to take part in the Qantas Tier Accelerator program is at the airline's discretion.