Qantas opens lounge doors to frequent flyers who switch

Latest News|Published 26 November 2020

Qantas Frequent Flyer is offering top tier members of other airline loyalty programs the opportunity to fast track their flying status when they switch to Qantas.

This is the first time the national carrier 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 – the consequence of changes in the local market as well as restrictions on overseas travel.

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 3 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.

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 close 18 December 2020. For more information visit

Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold Status key benefits:

  • Priority check-in
  • Priority baggage
  • Extra checked baggage allowance
  • Priority boarding
  • Access to premium security lanes
  • On Departure Upgrade requests for domestic flights in Australia
  • Preferred seating
  • Preferential access to selected Qantas Classic Flight Reward seats
  • International Flight Classic Upgrade Reward Request Priority
  • 75% more Qantas Points on eligible flights
  • Benefits of oneworld® Sapphire status around the world with privileges like preferred seating, priority check-in, regardless of the class of travel.

For full details visit here.

Typically, members are required to earn 700 status credits to reach Qantas Frequent Flyer’s Gold tier and 600 status credits to retain the benefits each membership year.

What does earning 100 Status Credits look like?

5x return economy trips Sydney to Melbourne

1x return business class trip Melbourne to Cairns