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Free Qantas Gold (ie BA Silver) if you have any other Gold card …. with a catch

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Australian airline Qantas is offering to match Gold cards issued by any other airline into the Gold level of its Qantas Frequent Flyer programme.

Because Qantas is a member of the oneworld alliance, your Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold card will have the same benefits as a British Airways Silver card – including giving you British Airways lounge access.  It will also get you status benefits, including lounge access, when flying Emirates.

(Qantas Gold does NOT give you the same benefits as British Airways Gold because Qantas uses a different scale.  Their cards go Silver / Gold / Platinum – plus Platinum One – instead of BA’s Bronze / Silver / Gold.)

There is a catch.  You must be a New Zealand resident to take part.  That is not insurmountable ….

Qantas A380

If you have any friends or family in New Zealand, you may be able to temporarily move in with them.  Perhaps your employer has an office in Auckland which could forward your new membership card for you.

Head for Points readers with more cunning minds will be able to come up with some other options as well.  I once managed to get a status match aimed at Italians …..

You can find full details of the status match, and the application form to complete, here.  The only card they will not match is Emirates Skywards because of the joint venture deal they have with Qantas.

In an odd twist, though, residents of New Zealand and Australia are not allowed to join British Airways Executive Club.  This is due to a deal which Qantas and BA signed a long time ago.  It is not clear what Qantas will think of New Zealand residents trying to get a match from BA cards!

You have until March 16th to apply.

You can learn more about Qantas Frequent Flyer here.

PS.  Etihad is also offering a status match at the moment.  I will cover this tomorrow.

Comments (71)

  • Steve says:

    Finally a status match I can apply for! – Having moved to NZ last year. Still trying to weigh up the virtues of BA Gold (currently my preferred OW card) and QF Plat (or QF WP as they say on FT).
    To me, the value of QF points are far lower than BA points given the high point cost of redemption and the very limited availability. Not sure how it compares what with the recent devaluation of Avios.

  • Alex says:

    @Steve – depends whether you value status or redemptions really. QF WP opens up lounge access on EK flights and JQ+ fares which can be handy.

  • Danny says:

    The status match form also requires a New Zealand phone number so it’s not as simple as just “borrowing” a friend or relative’s NZ address. I suppose you could “borrow” their phone number as well. But what happens if Quantas get a suspiciously large number of applications and start calling up to verify whether they’re genuine?

    • sandgrounder says:

      Get a virtual number diverted to your own phone in the UK if you are concerned. A lot cheaper than the crazy things some people do for status.

  • JQ says:

    I wonder if the QF department that will be processing these matches are aware that BAEC members can’t be residents of NZ.

  • Steve says:

    I do take a fair few JQ flights domestically in NZ, but with no lounge this is not a perk I can use. The use of the more expensive fares (to gain the QF points), goes against the reason for using JQ over NZ (which I am happy to take as I have lounge access) – for which our clients / our firm pays for.
    Haven’t stepped foot on an EK plane to date – may be tempted in the future, although I am put off by bling

  • Jon says:

    An interesting offer. Especially as my CX gold is about to run out!

  • Dan says:

    Does this Quantas app have a virtual card? If so you wouldn’t even need to get the physical card forwarded.

  • Kiran says:

    I’ll have BA gold until March 2016 and so see no point in this. I also try to avoid Emirates and so lounge access on EK doesn’t tempt me either. But I will definitely look out for the Etihad status match.

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