Qantas Gold Status Fast Track is Back!

Qantas Club Sydney
Qantas is offering a Gold status fast track for the third time in 12 months. Photo: Qantas.

Qantas has brought back its Status Fast Track offer for the third time in 12 months, offering eligible Australians and New Zealanders another shortcut to Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status. This offer has now been extended for new applications until 30 November 2021.

If you live in Australia or New Zealand and currently have the equivalent of Gold or higher status with any of the following 16 frequent flyer programs (including Virgin Australia Velocity), you could be eligible for this offer:

Frequent Flyer Program Eligible Status Tiers
Air Canada Aeroplan 50K, 75K or Super Elite
Air China Phoenix Miles Gold or Platinum
Air India Flying Returns Golden Edge Club or The Maharajah Club
Air New Zealand Airpoints Gold or Elite
ANA Mileage Club Platinum or Diamond
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Diamond, Diamond Plus or Platinum
Delta Skymiles Gold, Platinum or Diamond
Eva Air Infinity MileageLands Gold or Diamond
Etihad Guest Gold or Platinum
Korean Air SKYPASS Morning Calm Premium Club or Million Miler Club
Shenzhen Airlines PhoenixMiles Gold or Platinum
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer KrisFlyer Elite Gold, PPS Club or Solitaire PPS Club
South African Airways SAA Voyager Gold or Platinum
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Gold or Platinum
United Airlines MileagePlus Gold, Platinum or 1K
Virgin Australia Velocity Gold or Platinum

If you apply and your Qantas Status Fast Track application is accepted, you’ll receive complimentary Qantas Club membership for 90 days from 1 December 2021 until 28 February 2022. This gives you access to domestic Qantas Club and international Qantas Business lounges when flying with Qantas or Jetstar. Qantas Club membership also comes with a few other benefits such as extra baggage allowance when flying with Qantas.

If you earn at least 100 Qantas status credits during your 90-day trial period, your Qantas Frequent Flyer status will then be automatically upgraded to Gold until the end of your following membership year.

Status credits earned on Qantas, Oneworld, Fiji Airways and Jetstar flights (with a Jetstar Plus or Max bundle) all count towards the 100 status credits required. Status credits earned through offers on the ground, like with this recent Qantas Rewards Store promotion, would also count.

To give you an idea, you could earn 100 status credits with the following flights:

  • A one-way Qantas Business Class flight from Brisbane to Perth (80 status credits), returning on an Economy Red eDeal ticket (20 status credits)
  • Five return trips from Sydney to Melbourne on Economy Red eDeal tickets (20 status credits per round-trip)
  • A return Qantas Economy Saver ticket from Sydney to Los Angeles (120 status credits per round-trip)
  • A return Qantas Economy Flex ticket from Adelaide to Gold Coast via Melbourne (100 status credits per round-trip)
  • A one-way Qantas Business ticket from Sydney or Melbourne to Singapore (at least 120 status credits)

Read more: How to Earn Qantas Status

How to apply for the Qantas Gold Fast Track offer

If you currently hold an eligible status level with another airline which you earned from flying (i.e. not from another status match, family pooling or receiving that status as a gift), and you currently have Bronze or Silver Qantas Frequent Flyer status, you can apply for this offer by completing an expression of interest form on the Qantas website. You’ll need to apply by 30 November 2021.

Qantas Frequent Flyer will then contact you within two business days. If you’re eligible for the offer, you’ll be asked to provide either a colour copy of your current frequent flyer membership card with the other airline or a screenshot of your online account. Digital membership cards are accepted but the name of the airline, your status tier and your name must be clearly visible.

If approved, your 90-day trial period will begin on 1 December 2021.

Status Fast Track period from previous offers extended

People who applied for a Qantas Gold Fast Track during the previous two promotions launched in November 2020 and April 2021 are not eligible for this new offer. But Qantas says that it has also extended the Status Fast Track offer period for people who took advantage of the previous two promotions, who now also have until 28 February 2022 to earn the required 100 status credits and upgrade to Qantas Gold.

This new offer is designed for people who didn’t take advantage of the previous two offers.

“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. They will start enjoying the benefits that come with that including access to lounges, additional baggage allowance and earn more points when they travel,” Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said.

“With so many Qantas Frequent Flyers using the points they have been stockpiling during the pandemic to book an overseas trip, there’s a lot of FOMO from members of other loyalty programs who don’t have nearly as many options,” Wirth added.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Qantas to fast track airline loyalty program status

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