Free Star Alliance Gold status match from Avianca Brazil

By Chris Chamberlin, November 5 2015

Fancy perks like priority check-in, a boosted baggage allowance and free airport lounge access across the Star Alliance network including with Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United and more?

Any Gold or Platinum-level frequent flyer card with practically any airline – including Qantas and Virgin Australia – will see you ‘matched’ to Star Alliance Gold status with the alliance’s newest member Avianca Brazil, but you’ll need to act fast as this deal is only open for a short time.

For the uninitiated, ‘status matching’ allows you to parlay one frequent flyer card to receive another yet without meeting the normal flying requirements, such as using Qantas Gold to net Star Alliance Gold via Avianca Brazil.

Importantly, you get to keep your original frequent flyer status while also gaining access to the perks and privileges of Star Alliance Gold: yours to enjoy until March 31 2017.

Star Alliance Gold status match: what you’ll need

First up, you’ll require what Avianca Brazil terms a ‘first category’ frequent flyer card such as Qantas Platinum/Platinum One (Oneworld Emerald) or Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum, or a ‘second category’ card like Qantas Gold (Oneworld Sapphire) or Velocity Gold.

Although Qantas Gold is technically in third place behind both Platinum One and Platinum, we experienced no issues in using one as part of our status match request, with Avianca Brazil recognising both Platinum and Platinum One as ‘first category’ owing to their joint Oneworld Emerald status.

Next, you’ll need to register for Avianca Brazil’s Amigo frequent flyer program via the airline’s website to receive an ‘Amigo number’, or in simple terms, your Avianca Brazil frequent flyer number.

(Avianca LifeMiles members, take note that Avianca Brazil is a different airline to Avianca with a separate frequent flyer program, which you’ll need to join to take advantage of this status match offer.)

The registration form initially demands a ‘CPF’ – Brazil’s version of a tax file number or social security code – but when selecting ‘Australia’ as your nationality from the drop down box, this field becomes optional.

On completing your registration, make a note of your Amigo membership number as you’ll need it shortly and might not immediately receive it again via your welcome email.

Star Alliance Gold status match: how to apply

Using the same email address you signed up with, send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Solicitação para alteração de categoria de cartão Programa AMIGO” and your details as follows, or simply click here to pre-fill your default email program with the same.


Preencha as informações abaixo, e lembre-se de anexar a imagem do seu cartão mais alto de outra companhia aérea.

Nome completo: (Enter your full name here to match your Amigo profile)

Número AMIGO: (Your Amigo membership number here)



Avianca Brazil is accepting status match requests only until November 30 2015, and all applications must also be accompanied by a clear photograph of your highest-level frequent flyer card for verification purposes.

Although our initial status match request went unanswered, we submitted a follow-up email and five business days later received a reply in Portuguese to advise our match had been approved, and that our new frequent flyer card was immediately available via the Avianca Brazil website:

We’d expect a physical membership card to eventually arrive via snail mail, but printing the temporary card (or even taking a screenshot on your smartphone) allows you to begin enjoying the benefits of your Star Alliance Gold frequent flyer status across the global Star Alliance network.

In Australian skies, that includes with Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA (from December), Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Thai Airways and United, while further abroad, there’s also Lufthansa, SAS, SWISS and Turkish Airlines.

Avianca Brazil: your ticket to Star Alliange Gold lounges the world over...

Filling out the Star Alliance roster: Adria, Aegean, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, TAP Portugal and of course, Avianca Brazil, all of which will recognise your new Star Alliance Gold status.

Also read: More Star Alliance airport lounges on the way

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

jackthomas

jackthomas

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards Gold

04 Jul 2014

Total posts 131

I applied when this first began, and sent a follow up email a few days ago and still no word.. (From QF Gold)

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2916

I found that my initial request received no auto-reply, although my follow-up email did receive an instant automated response, which was followed by an email five business days later with details of the benefits of my newly-matched membership, so hopefully it comes through for you in a few days.

Wezza

Wezza

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Nov 2012

Total posts 43

Sent my application through and received the automated response almost instantly! Now to wait for my shiny new Star Gold status!

Kogglogs

Kogglogs

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Apr 2013

Total posts 147

Same here Wezza

The automated response did say however that I should hear an official response within 30 days of the completion of the promotion, which finishes on 30 November... So, new year? Time will tell.

AusFlyer

AusFlyer

10 Mar 2011

Total posts 531

Don't you then have to credit your points to this program in order to get the benefits? I'm flying SQ J in December and crediting points to Virgin but would love the benefits of Gold level membership but don't want to credit points to this program.

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2916

The only real benefit you'd get from Star Alliance Gold in this instance is the increased baggage allowance on SQ if you needed to travel with more than the standard business class inclusions, as lounge access and 'priority everything' already come with the business class ticket. In this instance I'd just leave your Velocity number on the booking.

(And no, you don't need to send your points to Avianca Brazil - it's certainly easier to do it that way and to enter the Star Alliance Gold frequent flyer number on the booking to display on your boarding pass, but you can still present the Star Alliance Gold card to receive the benefits while crediting points to a different program.)

UpUpAndAway

UpUpAndAway

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 279

Thanks Chris, that will work great for me next year.

cbourl

cbourl

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 105

Still not match Sent Amigo # and Scan of LH Senator Card and MileagePlus 1K card - no luck  -so I'Il retry    Better off doing TK methinks!

blingwad

blingwad

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Jun 2015

Total posts 67

I also received the 30 day email. Fingers crossed.

simosi

simosi

Aegean Airlines - Miles & Bonus

05 Nov 2015

Total posts 1

Hi Chris,

Would they do a status match with my airberlin gold card?

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2916

Hi Jim, Airberlin Topbonus Gold = Oneworld Sapphire which is at the same level as Qantas Gold and a 'second tier' card, so you should certainly apply for a match.

sash

sash

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2015

Total posts 12

Yeah i got a Auto reply message straight away as well, and then a few hours later i recieved a welcome message in Portuguese with my Membership number.

Hopefully i will get the Confirmation of status Match by the end of the month.

 

Good luck to you all.

crosscourt

crosscourt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 346

Doesn't seem to work. I have filled in all the details required and when I hit submit I keep gettimg an error message. Tried it 5 times.

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2916

What's the error message you're getting and which browser are you using?

crosscourt

crosscourt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 346

Ah ha... I guess it works on 7th try ... whats that about 7th time lucky? :)

Khendy_23

Khendy_23

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Sep 2015

Total posts 14

Hi tried and got automated reply immediately. Now waiting for 30 days response. Anyone has received a success status match from Avianca kindly share

ehtesham

ehtesham

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Apr 2013

Total posts 3

Can some one enlighten me about which Star Alliance airlines is the easiest to "maintain or keep" Gold Status once you get there, Aegean, AirNZ or Avianca?

Thank you

Ho Really

Ho Really

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Dec 2014

Total posts 79

From scratch (over a 12 month period) I think it is still Aegean Airlines. To maintain status Turkish Airlines gives you two years to accrue the mileage. I also think Asiana has a similar deal done over the same period. TK also status match. So if you have Gold already try TK. Maintaining with Avianca will be harder. They want more miles. I hope I got this right. Cheers.

sash

sash

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2015

Total posts 12

Im QF Gold and i tried status match with TK and Airberlin and they rejected me. Should you try again? Or is it just luck lol

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2916

Airberlin wasn't status matching from other Oneworld airlines, while Turkish only status matches from Oneworld Emerald, not Oneworld Sapphire (Qantas Gold).

cbourl

cbourl

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 105

still no word   sent  both LH Senator card and UA MileagePlus 1K card no match  shall I rry with my Air Berlin Gold card?

cbourl

cbourl

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 105

still no word   sent  both LH Senator card and UA MileagePlus 1K card no match  shall I rry with my Air Berlin Gold card?

cbourl

cbourl

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 105

Just decided to check

 Star Gold Card Diamond till 2017 Great!   Ill keep LH Sen status for 1A in F and 4A in C on board my beloved Swiss SFO-ZRH/ZRK-TLV/TLV-ZRH/ZRK-JFK

zacobby

zacobby

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Nov 2015

Total posts 1

Sent request and instantly got automated response. but after translating, it says - "Will be reviewed within 30 days after promotion end date" ?

Hoping I'll see the new matched status in the coming week, instead of having to wait for after the end of promotion date. 

ajobbins

ajobbins

09 Feb 2012

Total posts 20

Mine came through yesterday. Originally sent the request off on 11th October.

Does anyone know if they will send a physical card for this? Their website still says "You can use this card until you complete your fifth flight.", but others seem to have a tendency to send a card immediately for higher status.

R2D2

R2D2

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Sep 2014

Total posts 4

For some reason I am only seeing a Bronze Card even though I got the automated email. 

Anyone else seeing the same thing? 

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2916

Have you only just applied? The status match isn't instant – your application needs to be reviewed and then the card will be updated.

anthonyg

anthonyg

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Jul 2015

Total posts 4

i just recvieved an email to confirm im now a gold member! I applied November 5th

below is my email

Dear ANTHONY

Thanks for participating on the Status Match Promo. Your Amigo card level was upgraded to GOLD. Please check your account online and see all your benefits as an Amigo and Star Alliance member.

Sincerely

JeCCo87

JeCCo87

14 Aug 2014

Total posts 16

Applied on the same day with my Marco Polo Gold... Still waiting...

alansu

alansu

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jan 2015

Total posts 64

I also received my email then in Portuguese notifying me that I had been upgraded to Diamond until 31 Mar 2017.

Though the page where you access your temporary card says "You can use this card until you complete your fifth flight." - not sure if that means with Avianca Brazil or any *A flights.

sash

sash

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2015

Total posts 12

Hi

Does anyone know how long it takes to recieve the Status Matched Card once you have been upgraded? Thanx

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1117

After completing five flights with Avianca.

mberzins

mberzins

Qantas - Platinum (Lifetime Gold)

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 53

I applied on the 6th Nov, one reminder and received a Status Match to Diamond yesterday, bang on the 30th November.  No mention of a temporary card though, any suggestions on what I am missing in translation or where I go in my Log In to find it? Is there an English site or only in Portugese?

Khendy_23

Khendy_23

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Sep 2015

Total posts 14

Just received my status match to Gold in the email! 

3 weeks wait.

 

Khendy_23

Khendy_23

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Sep 2015

Total posts 14

Log into your avianca and print your gold card there. Valid until 2017

 

Moemole

Moemole

Qantas

27 May 2014

Total posts 4

Experienced same issues everyone below, sent 2 follow up emails.  I think they have a backlog of requests.  Just want to ask if anyone knows with the Gold Status are you allowed to take anyone wiht you inside the lounge?  

I've also applied for my mum a couple of days later and still havent heard back yet also.  

Also in order to get the card you need to have flown five flights? Although the status is valid for a whole year.  

anthonyg

anthonyg

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Jul 2015

Total posts 4

a good tip for you all that i did was to send a facebook message to their business page. I sent one to them and within 3 hours they replkied and then a day later it was confirmed and now have gold status

atlas

atlas

15 Feb 2012

Total posts 5

I received my status match to Diamond yesterday, from my Virgin Platinum. Woohoo.

spasquarelli

spasquarelli

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Aug 2014

Total posts 15

Hey Chris,

A couple of friends and myslef applied on the 30th of November, we recieved the email stating they had received our applications and we would hear within 30 days of the promotion closing.  Any tips or should we just wait?

cheers

Sophia

spasquarelli

spasquarelli

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Aug 2014

Total posts 15

I received my diamond match today from QFF Platinum. Am having trouble printing out the card on MAC and PC, have emailed for advice.

 

atlas

atlas

15 Feb 2012

Total posts 5

Guess what I received yesterday in the mail... an Avianca Diamond card and 2 baggage tags!

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2916

You got two baggage tags? I only got one :( haha

lionelhutz

lionelhutz

20 Jun 2014

Total posts 59

I applied for this in November to match Asiamiles Gold, just yesterday got the Gold card in the mail. Valid to 31/3/2017. No idea if I'll ever use it but nice to have.

banker

banker

30 Apr 2013

Total posts 20

Hi,

just want to check experience with using Amigo number in reservations. I booked european flight with Austrian and Amigo number is rejected as not valid. Does anybody else have this kind of experience? Was there a work around for this?

Thanks for help.

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2916

My guess would be that you might have accidentally selected Avianca LifeMiles rather than Avianca Brazil Amigo as it seems to be a common mix up (even the Amigo card has the Avianca Brazil airline code to highlight that it's a different program)..?


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