How to get a free Star Alliance Gold frequent flyer status match

By Chris Chamberlin, May 6 2015

A Star Alliance Gold frequent flyer card unlocks plenty of business class privileges and perks, even if you're flying in economy.

From priority check-in at the airport and a fast track through airport security to a larger free allowance for checked luggage and of course access to some of the best airport lounges, along with that ever-present chance for an upgrade – Gold status is the way to go.

And a Gold-grade frequent flyer card with any airline belonging to the Star Alliance family is recognised by every airline in the group.

That includes Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, EVA, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, Thai and United Airlines, among others.

(Star Alliance is the world's largest airline alliance, so there are plenty of airlines waiting to shower you with a bit of VIP treatment.)

So how do get Star Alliance Gold status? The hard way – and the expensive way – is to fly tens of thousands of bum-numbing miles on a Star Alliance airline.

The easy way is to take advantage of a 'status match' offer through which a Star Alliance airline will provide free Gold membership in its frequent flyer scheme if you're already an equivalent Gold class member with a competing airline.

Right now, the best way to get free Star Alliance Gold status is through a status match promotion run by Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines.

Here's a rundown to make this super-easy.

What you need

To qualify for Turkish Airlines' free status match deal, you'll need a top-tier frequent flyer card from any airline belonging to the Oneworld, Star Alliance or SkyTeam groups.

Specifically, that's Oneworld Emerald, Star Alliance Gold or SkyTeam Elite Plus.

A few examples: Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum or Platinum One (as Qantas belongs to Oneworld), Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold or PPS Club (for Star Alliance) and Delta Air Lines Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion (for SkyTeam).

However, frequent flyer cards from airlines which don't belong to any of those alliances aren't accepted – which rules out the likes of Virgin Australia, Etihad, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic.

What you get

Any of those cards make you eligible for Elite status in Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles frequent flyer program, which in turn is equivalent to Star Alliance Gold status.

How to get your free Star Alliance Gold status

First up, join the Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles scheme – it's free.

Then scan or take a photo of your qualifying frequent flyer card, and grab a copy of your most recent account statement (for example, Qantas frequent flyers can obtain this by clicking ‘View activity statement’ on the Qantas website).

Then visit the Turkish Airlines website to request your status match via the customer service form.

The process can take a few weeks, so be patient – but if you meet the criteria then you'll soon be able to tuck a Star Alliance Gold card into your travel wallet, ready for your next trip.

Also read: Star Alliance – what Australian frequent flyers need to know

Additional reporting by David Flynn

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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!

jrfsp

jrfsp

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 110

Has anyone tried ?

i fair amount of my flying is domestic so I'm not sure they would give me the status match

Thai_Spice

Thai_Spice

British Airways - Executive Club

04 Nov 2014

Total posts 3

I ve got my status match with BA Gold from Turkish Airlines after 2 weeks.

Moemole

Moemole

Qantas

27 May 2014

Total posts 4

Hi I've tried getting a status match & the email I got back from Turkish Airlines was that you had to be part of the Star Alliance to get status match.

AlanM

AlanM

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2015

Total posts 3

I have searched every were for this form to try a status credit match "your status match via the customer service form."can anyone help

Ho Really

Ho Really

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Dec 2014

Total posts 79

Hi Alan, follow these steps:

Step (1): Go to the Contact Us form.

Step (2): Click “New Feedback”

Step (3): Enter the following:

Step (4): Enter a simple and concise request in the comments box. Something like: “Please find attached a PDF of my Frequent Flyer Card and my account history with XX which shows my status of XX, which is equivalent to Turkish Airlines Elite (Star Alliance Gold). Please process a status match to Turkish Airlines Elite (Star Alliance Gold). Thank you.”

Step (5): Attach the PDF documents.

Step (6): Select “Yes” to “Would you like us to reply to your feedback?”

Step (7): Login to your Miles&Smiles account and click submit.

Step (8): Wait. Status matches are usually processed within 48 hours but sometimes can take longer. If no upgrade after two weeks, submit the application again. Also login to your Miles&Smiles account to see if you’ve been upgraded before re-submitting.

Step (9): Miles&Smiles will mail you a card within a couple of weeks or so.

Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Gold is for 2 years. To renew your status, the options are: (a) get 25,000 status miles in the first year, or (b) 37,500 status miles in two years.

I hope this helps.

Cheers

P.S. Got this from Don't Call The Airline.

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2917

The customer service form is linked in the article when you click 'Turkish Airlines website' towards the bottom.

Baron

Baron

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2015

Total posts 2

I am OW emerald and tried this about a month ago after reading a similar article.

It took a couple of weeks to hear back from the airline but was notified that it was approved.

Just waiting for the card to arrive now.

AlanM

AlanM

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2015

Total posts 3

Thanks for the info, I would never have found this, have submitted now thanks for your help

Thatguy

Thatguy

07 May 2015

Total posts 1

Hi, thanks for this detailed write up. I used to be an Asiana Diamond member for over four years. I recently was relegated to Asiana Gold, which is equivalant to Star Alliance Silver, and I miss my Star Alliance Gold equivalent Diamond status.

Would TK match me to their Elite level considering my Asiana Diamond lapsed in November 2014? I fly quite frequently on Star Alliance and am building up again, but would rather enjoy extra baggage, lounge access and priority tags now.

Yes, I only recently learned about Status matching and am kicking myself now ;)

Thanks

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2917

Hi there, as indicated in the article you would require a current Oneworld Emerald, Star Alliance Gold or SkyTeam Elite Plus card for the Turkish status match.

Ho Really

Ho Really

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Dec 2014

Total posts 79

As Chris said you would need the appropriate status from the different alliances, making it seemless, however you have nothing to lose by writing to them. State your future travel on TK or Star Alliance airlines. In the end I think loyalty is what counts. Good luck.

Cheers

TheRealBabushka

TheRealBabushka

21 Apr 2012

Total posts 3034

Is Oneworld Emerald or SQ PPS club membership really on par with Star Alliance Gold? Really?

Sk4nder

Sk4nder

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 May 2015

Total posts 6

Anyone know what is required for retain - and can that be done mostly on partner airlines?

Ho Really

Ho Really

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Dec 2014

Total posts 79

The TK Star Alliance Gold is valid for 2 years. To renew your status you have two options:

1. Obtain 25,000 status miles in the first year, or

2. Obtain 37,500 status miles over the two years.

You can accrue miles on all Star Alliance airlines as long as you credit them to TK. Go to Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Partners to find out which classes will give you the most miles for each airline.

Cheers

sammck

sammck

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 May 2015

Total posts 2

Can the status match be obtained through Air New Zealand loyalty program?

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2917

If you're asking if you can use your Air New Zealand status to get the same level of status with Turkish Airlines, then yes.

If you're asking if you can status match to Gold with Air New Zealand's own program, then no.

However, you can use Star Alliance Gold status with Turkish Airlines for elite benefits with Air New Zealand such as lounge access and priority boarding.

iankalms

iankalms

QANTAS

22 Jul 2014

Total posts 5

Do we lose the OW Emerald status by taking the Star Gold?  What I am asking, do we have to swap status from one program to another, or do we get both?

David

David

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2322

You don't 'lose' your current status - you get to keep it plus you get that shiny new Star Aliance Gold membership as well.

mancho90

mancho90

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

13 Mar 2015

Total posts 74

Please do not change to Star Alliance… it could be the biggest of all but it the biggest nightmare when you would like to have benefits or smooth operations within the alliance airlines.

The Ruby level of ONEOWRLD it has much more to offer than the ridiculous “Silver” status  in Star Alliance that it has nothing to offer unless you are flying the airline that give you the status…it’s horrible. Sapphire level is way much better than their GOLD for the alliance… most great benefits are recognized by the airline who gives you the status.  Emerald level.. is the same of GOLD and it has much less benefits than Emerald thru the entire alliance.

A good example… LH allows you to use Business Class Lounges but not access to their Senator Lounge unless you are Senator Level or First Class Passenger… As Emerald level of OW, you have access to first class service, not as a Gold member. If you are Sapphire level, probably will do similar to Gold… but do not expect to have the good things recognized by other airlines.

Star Alliance is not good and smooth as ONEWORLD with the connecting services as luggage or ticketing or seat assignments… is horrible. I’ll stop this year with SA and keep higher level on OW.

Thai_Spice

Thai_Spice

British Airways - Executive Club

04 Nov 2014

Total posts 3

It's work with me after 2 weeks I ve received the Gold status from Turkish Airlines.

madwombat

madwombat

Singapore Airlines - PPS Club

14 Nov 2012

Total posts 14

Is it worth doing this if one already has Gold Status with another Star Alliance carrier?  Have PPS Club on SQ.

Also, does anyone know whether the Air Berlin status match is still open?

ChrisCh

ChrisCh

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2917

I wouldn't say it's worth it as you already have Star Alliance Gold with through Singapore Airlines which gives exactly the same benefits across the alliance.

Airberlin's status match is also indeed open.

Kayla

Kayla

12 May 2015

Total posts 2

So I have QF Platinum and applied for the status match and have only been allocated Silver... how disappointing

AlanM

AlanM

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2015

Total posts 3

Kayla

I am the same QF Platium for 4 years I received word 2 days ago, my application had been approved and I am to be give a Classic Plus Card. Y ONE ELSE SEEM TO GET

This is a joke

NZFlyer

NZFlyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 40

Same here. Disappointingly only allocated Classic Plus (Silver). I wonder if its worth messaging them back or trying again?

mancho90

mancho90

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

13 Mar 2015

Total posts 74

A piece of advice, please check with their program page to look what you going to earn on by class and by airline. AA and UA have a structure that give you different structure for your miles: “Award Miles” and “Status Miles”… usually Award miles are what you booking class dictates 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%, 150% or more… but “Status Miles” are most 100% of the flown miles. TK it seems that what you get by the class is what you get for status… which is not fair and it’s very similar to AC and most of all other frequent flier programs are.

In my case I don’t use so much the miles but I would like to keep my status on the programs to have the most of the benefits as Elite member. If you use your miles more frequently, you should check who gives you more miles and check the airfare/booking class because you probably will ending paying low price but not even one mile for what you fly. For example, UA Mileage Program with SWISS in “L” class gives 25-50% of the flown miles for award points, but Zero (0) status miles.

Be careful because the Asian carriers are the lowest giving miles in other’s programs, manly for Star Alliance partners: CA, SQ, NH, or CX for One World that only few economy class air fares gives miles, after that (0) miles… but if the flight is operated under the code share code, the code share code airline rules will apply.

For example, if you are AAdvantage member and fly CX ORD-HKG in M booking code, your will get Zero (0) award miles and (0) status points, but if you fly the same flight with AA code but operated by CX, the AA chart will apply and I will get 100%award miles and 100% status miles. If you are member of AADVANTAGE and take a QF LAX-SYD in V class, you earn 50% award miles and 100% status points. But if you fly with AA code in the same flight operated by QF, you will get 100% of the flying miles and 100% of the status miles.

Be careful with what you change, because it could be very tricky and recommend you to read each program and benefits to select one.

madwombat

madwombat

Singapore Airlines - PPS Club

14 Nov 2012

Total posts 14

Trying to join online the TK Miles and Smiles at present is impossible.

1.  No way to get the secuirty question and answer accepted.  No guidance as to what these are, other than in the FAQ where it just says they have to be min. 6 characters. I did that, nothing.

2. Am temporarily in the UK.  There is  list of cities but my city is not listed and there is no 'not listed' option.  Hence, cannot enter address.

Anyone experienced similar problems?  Have filled in the online contact/feedback form and am waiting for TK's response.

pprofpopp

pprofpopp

20 Sep 2011

Total posts 28

Hi,

Thanks for this thread and the great info. I managed to get this staus match to Elite/SA Gold with Turkish which is very nice of them.

My joy may be shortlived though.  Ome reason I'd wanted this was to get Koru Lounge access during domestic Air NZ flights, but I'm reading that this may not be possible as NZ lounge access seems as stingy as everything else about them :-)

Can anyone clarify or confirm the position here?  I've googled bit the info seems inconsistent.  Cheers and thanks

 

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Mark Waite

Mark Waite

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Jul 2015

Total posts 8

Anyone any idea how long this Status Match is running for?

Ho Really

Ho Really

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Dec 2014

Total posts 79

It seems to be ongoing. They are now asking for recent activity. Your last two months of travel.

Di

Di

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Dec 2015

Total posts 8

I got the Alitalia Millemiglia Platinum (Sky Team) through a status swap with Velocity (and used it in Sept/Oct/Nov).  It looks as if that card will get me status swap with Turkish to also be able to access Star Alliance.

Although my Velocity Platinum gets me access to SQ and NZ lounges, there have been times when I couldn't get into a Star Alliance one when travelling economy.

Am I reading this correctly?

Di

Di

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

16 Dec 2015

Total posts 8

It seems impossible to login to the Millemiglia website to get my statements.  :(   Hmmmm.


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