Qantas is offering a status match to their Frequent Flyer Gold tier for those that have gold or higher status with any other frequent flyer program, excluding Emirates Skywards (given that Emirates is their joint venture partner).
The major catch is that the offer is only valid for residents of New Zealand, which in practical terms means that your frequent flyer account has to be registered with a New Zealand address. The promotion is valid through March 9, 2015.
How to status match
The process for taking advantage of the status match is quite straightforward:
If you’re not a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, follow this link to sign-up and you’ll receive a membership number right away.
If you are already a member (or once done with the above step) follow this link to upload an image of your current gold membership card for another airline’s frequent flyer program.
Here are the terms of taking advantage of the promotion:
- To participate in this Offer, applicants must be existing Qantas Frequent Flyer members or join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program prior to applying for matched Gold Status. This Offer is only open to residents of New Zealand. Non-members may apply for complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer Membership at https://www.qantas.com.au/fflyer/do/dyns/joinffp?code=NZRESIDENTS.
- Members must upload a photo or scanned jpeg of their Qualifying Status in a Competitor Frequent Flyer Program at qantasgold.qantas.com to request matched gold status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
- Once they have uploaded a photo or scanned jpeg, members will receive an email confirming receipt of the proof of Qualifying Status and their status match application will be processed. Members should allow 10 business days from receipt of request for their application to be processed.
- Upon approval, Members will receive an email confirming whether their status has been accepted or declined.
- Members will receive their membership card up to 28 days after approval.
So if you’re based in the US this isn’t useful… necessarily. If you happen to have an address in New Zealand you can have stuff sent to, though…
What are the benefits of status matching?
Qantas Gold status comes with oneworld Sapphire benefits, which include the following:
- Priority Business Class check-in
- Priority boarding
- Preferred seating (where offered)
- Priority standby and waitlisting (where offered)
- Access to more than 600 airport lounges (with one guest) when travelling internationally, including premium Business Class and frequent flyer lounges, regardless of the class of service flown that day. For details about the oneworld lounge access policy, click here.
In addition to that you also get an extra baggage allowance:
- On international or domestic itineraries using the baggage allowance “weight” system you receive 15 kgs in addition to the ticketed Economy allowance.
- On international itineraries (including domestic sectors flown as part of international itineraries) using the baggage allowance “piece” system, you will receive a second bag, weighing up to 23 kgs, when the ticketed allowance is one bag.
- On domestic itineraries only with flights using the baggage allowance “piece” system, you are guaranteed at least one piece of checked baggage, weighing up to 23 kgs, even when the regular ticketed allowance has no free allowance.
The most notable benefit is that you get lounge access whenever you fly oneworld, even when flying domestically within the US. So you’d receive Admirals Club access, even on wholly domestic US itineraries. If you had AAdvnatage Platinum status (also oneworld Sapphire) you wouldn’t receive lounge access when traveling exclusively within the US.
American Admirals Club Dallas
Qantas isn’t an airline that ordinarily status matches, so this is a pretty cool opportunity. If you happen to
have a New Zealand address be a resident of New Zealand, this is a very cool offer that I’d consider taking advantage of.
(Tip of the hat to Gary)