We have Qantas news and a deal in one today!
What's the scoop?
Citi ThankYou Rewards has now added Qantas as a transfer partner, with a 1:1 transfer rate.
Qantas charges hefty fuel surcharges and there are many cheaper ways to book flights between the US and Australia and within Australia other than using Qantas miles. However, their schedule opens for award bookings before AA's booking engine does and this is a major plus to some frequent flyers.
What's the deal?
Qantas is currently offering New Zealand residents a status match to their frequent flyer Gold tier. Flyers get a year's complimentary Qantas Gold Frequent Flyer membership when they prove their existing status with any program other than their partner Emirates by March 9th, 2015.
If you are a New Zealand resident who is already a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, you need to upload a photo or scanned jpeg of your qualifying status with a competitor frequent flyer program at qantasgold.qantas.com to request matched gold status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. You'll receive email confirmation and then the status match application will be processed. You should allow 10 business days to receive an email that your status has been accepted or declined and if approved you will receive your membership card within 28 days.
New Zealand residents who aren't yet members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program need to apply here for complimentary membership before proceeding with the status match.
The benefits of Qantas Gold status include:
– Priority business class check-in
– Priority boarding
– Preferred seating where offered
– Priority standby and wait-listing where offered
– Access to oneworld lounges
– Extra baggage allowance
Qantas is a member of the oneworld, so Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold has the same benefits as a British Airways Silver card, including access to British Airways lounges as well as status benefits (including lounge access) when flying Emirates.