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Looking to move across from Virgin Australia and its Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme to Qantas, or keen to hold status with both airlines? Then you'll want to know about the opportunity afforded by the Qantas' Tier Accelerator status match.
The Qantas Tier Accelerator program is a fast-track to Qantas Frequent Flyer status and is available to eligible Virgin Australia's Velocity Gold and Platinum members along with the equivalent tiers of other competing airlines (although not 'frenemy' members of Oneworld such as Cathay Pacific or Malaysia Airlines).
Earning Platinum, Gold status with Qantas Tier Accelerator
Qantas Tier Accelerator slashes the number of status credits – and thus the amount of flying – needed to ascend the Qantas Frequent Flyer ladder.
Just 200 status credits is required to earn Gold status, compared to 700 status credits under the usual QFF rules. That's doable with two return transcontinental business class flights or just one return business class flight from Sydney to Singapore or Hong Kong.
Qantas Gold status is arguably the sweet spot because it delivers a solid set of practical benefits such as access to domestic Qantas Club lounges as well as the international business class lounges of Qantas and its Oneworld partner airlines as well as selected Emirates lounges; a higher earning rate for Qantas Points; use of business class check-in counters; a generous checked luggage allowance, and priority boarding.
Rocketing from a no-status zero to a Platinum hero takes just 400 status credits – a feat that'd usually demand a solid 1,400 status credits – with Platinum status raising the bar to include entry into Qantas' domestic Business Lounges; Qantas, Oneworld and selected Emirates first class lounges; use of first class check-in counters, and an even higher earning rate of Qantas Points.
In either case, those status credits must be racked up within three months of signing up for the Qantas Tier Accelerator offer.
However, unlike some status match offers, you won't automatically be gifted Qantas Platinum or Gold status during that initial three month period: you'll only receive that shiny Qantas Frequent Flyer card once you've done the necessary amount of flying.
How to apply for the Qantas Tier Accelerator scheme
Qantas doesn't actively promote its Tier Accelerator program, so it's up to you to take the initiative and make the strongest case as to why you should qualify.
The airline is very strict when it comes to deciding which frequent flyers are 'worthy' of the offer, and invitations to take part in the Qantas Tier Accelerator program are entirely at the airline's discretion.
To stand the best chance of qualifying you'll need to not only have Gold- or Platinum-equivalent status with a Qantas competitor but have made plenty of recent travel with your current airline, and ideally in business class.
A pattern such as weekly Sydney-Perth or trans-Tasman flights or monthly trips to Singapore or Hong Kong will be in your favour.
You'll then need to contact the Qantas Frequent Flyer team (on 13 1131 in Australia, or +61 294332329 from overseas, or via email at [email protected]). Express your interest in the Qantas Tier Accelerator program and make your case as to why you'd like to switch from your current airline and why you'd be a 'good catch' for Qantas.