Want to take advantage of a shortcut to Qantas status? Qantas doesn’t give away status matches, but they do offer a “status challenge”. If you’re granted a Qantas status challenge, you’ll need to earn just 200 status credits for Gold status or 400 status credits to reach Platinum level membership!
So, how do you get a Qantas status challenge? And what are the conditions to be aware of?
Getting a Qantas status challenge would appear to be a simple matter of asking for one. This could be done by contacting the Qantas Frequent Flyer Service Centre. This is done by calling 13 11 31 (or +61 2 9433 2329 from outside Australia), or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
There are some criteria to be aware of. For starters, Qantas will generally only offer you a status challenge if you already hold an equivalent status tier with a competing airline. For example, you would need to already hold the equivalent of Platinum status with an airline like Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand or Singapore Airlines to be approved for a Platinum status challenge. If requesting a status challenge by email, it would be a good idea to attach evidence of your current status and a copy of a recent frequent flyer account activity statement. You should also make it clear that you plan to fly Qantas on a regular basis in the future.
This is one AFF member’s experience:
I asked for a status match – got declined but offered a challenge instead. I sent in a photo of my main FFP status card and I think 6 months of my activity statement and it should be of a competitor’s airline. Did a little cover story. The rest is up to Qantas as to whether they offer it or not. I think it’s to the qantas frequent flyer email address email@example.com.
If your request is approved, you’ll have 90 days to earn the required number of status credits. You may choose your own start date for this 90-day period.
I was able to choose the period I wanted the status challenge to begin and I had 2 medium haul trips within a month so chose it to start the day before the first flight.
Only status credits earned on Qantas marketed flights (i.e. with a “QF” flight number”) count towards Qantas status challenges. Status credits earned on partner airlines do not count, nor do bonus status credits earned via promotions (e.g. Double Status Credits).
It’s definitely limited to QF marketed flights only – “Qantas marketed flights (booked and ticketed on QF flight numbers)” per the email I got. So, for example, I have some flights booked with BA coming up (booked as BA flight numbers), and they were very clear about the fact that those flights will not count towards the challenge.
You won’t receive the benefits of Gold (or Platinum) status until after your status challenge has been successfully completed. But once you’ve earned the necessary status credits, you’ll receive the appropriate status for the rest of your membership year.
If you’re eligible for a Qantas status challenge, and would use the benefits going forward, it’s worth requesting one. You have nothing to lose!
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: QF status challenge question