To quote a once-popular HBO series, chaos isn’t a pit – it’s a ladder. And in the wake of COVID-19’s destruction upon the entire travel industry, Qantas is providing an opportunity to climb by launching the Status Fast Track promotion; an offer which not only gives existing frequent flyer members a shortcut to achieving Qantas Gold status, but also allows frequent flyer members from other loyalty programs to jump the queue and ascend via status match.
“With so much uncertainty in the market, we’ve seen a spike in requests from people wanting us to match their status with other airlines,” says Olivia Wirth, CEO of Qantas Loyalty.
“If they are willing to bring their travel across to Qantas, we will fast track them to Gold status.”
Gold status, however, is the highest you’ll go regardless of where you rank elsewhere. As noted by Executive Traveller, there are no shortcuts to reaching Qantas’ “shiny platinum perch”. Still, for those of you currently with the likes of Virgin Velocity, this should be welcome news in any case. As for the Qantas purists looking to upgrade, applicants will have 90 days to rack up 100 status credits instead of the usual 700.
Airlines + statuses eligible for the Qantas Status Fast Track program are as follows:
- Air Canada
Aeroplan: 50K, 75K, Super Elite
- Air China
Phoenix Miles: Gold, Platinum
- Air India
Flying Returns: Golden Edge Club, Maharajah Club
- Air New Zealand
Airpoints: Gold, Elite
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
Guest: Gold, Platinum
- Korean Air
Skypass: Morning Calm Premium Club Card, Million Miler Club Card
- Shenzhen Airlines
PhoenixMiles: PhoenixMiles Gold, PhoenixMiles Platinum
- Singapore Airlines
KrisFlyer: Elite Gold, PPS Club, Solitaire PPS Club
- South African Airways
SAA Voyager: Gold, Platinum
- Thai Airways
Royal Orchid Plus: Royal Orchid Plus Gold, Royal Orchid Plus Platinum
- United Airlines
MileagePlus: Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, Premier 1K
- Virgin Australia
Velocity: Gold, Platinum
The Qantas Status Fast Track promotion is live starting from today and closes on December 18th at exactly 11:59 PM [AEDT] – apply for your status match below.
Already with Qantas? You can now secure a tidy 12-month status extension with just one flight. Find out more here.