Qantas is offering top-tier members of other airline loyalty programs the opportunity to fast-track their flying status if they switch to its own.
This is the first time Qantas Frequent Flyer has made an offer like this, and follows a large number of enquiries about joining the program from members of other domestic and international airline loyalty programs.
Individuals who hold eligible loyalty status with a qualifying airline program are invited to switch and take advantage of the ‘Qantas Status Fast Track’ – an offer to earn 100 status credits in three months to qualify for Qantas’ Gold tier.
In addition to helping expedite their status in the program, the offer also includes 90 days of complimentary access to the airline’s network of Qantas Club lounges and extra checked baggage.
Gold tier benefits with Qantas include lounge access across Qantas and Oneworld airline lounges globally, preferential seating and priority access to reward seats, as well as priority check-in, boarding and upgrade requests.
Those wishing to transfer from a higher-flying tier – Platinum and Platinum One equivalents – will only be able to transfer to Qantas’ Gold status, rather than have their status matched.
Reaching a higher frequent flyer status requires members to earn the normal requirements within a membership year.
Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said: “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. If they are willing to bring their travel across to Qantas, we will fast track them to Gold status.
“People know exactly what to expect when they fly with Qantas, whether its complimentary food and drinks, baggage, WiFi or access to dozens of lounges around Australia.
“The loyalty of our existing frequent flyers during this crisis has been amazing, and they’ve kept earning points on the ground knowing they’ll be travelling again soon.
“We’ve returned the favour by providing status support and status extensions and making some tangible improvements, like a 50 per cent increase in the number of reward seats on domestic flights.”
By early December, eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers will have access to 30 of the 35 domestic and regional lounges across the airline’s network.
Registrations for the Qantas Status Fast Track offer close on 18 December 2020.
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