Qantas is offering to status match New Zealand residents with competitor airline status to their Gold elite tier. Emirates elites are excluded.
Status matches are common for US airlines though increasingly airlines will only give you status for a limited period of time, if at all, until you first fly a certain amount with them.
Qantas Gold is oneworld Sapphire status, which means lounge access — including when flying American Airlines on wholly domestic itineraries (and indeed they’ll give you a drink chit good for a premium cocktail, or how I use them – a bottle of water).
Gold also confers preferred seating, upgrade list priority, priority check-in and baggage (with extra baggage allowance) with Qantas. Check-in, boarding, and baggage benefits accrue on other oneworld carriers as well.
First step is to join – with no joining fee – if you aren’t already a member of the program.
Then submit details of competitor status.
Key offer details:
- Offer is valid through March 9
- Status will be valid for at least 12 months
- Account address has to list New Zealand, and of course that address is where Qantas will mail the matched Gold membership card
Does anyone have a New Zealand friend or family member they can move in with?
(HT: Jeff B.)