Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways is just over three years old, but it’s gunning for the frequent flyers of almost 60 airlines – specifically, all airlines in the Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance families – with an instant status match promotion.
That’s an extensive roster covering the likes of Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, ANA, Lufthansa, Thai Airways, China Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and, well, the list goes on and on.
Bamboo Airways is the fastest growing airline in Vietnam, and it’s now flying direct from Melbourne and Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, as well as non-stop Melbourne to Hanoi.
Up for grabs are Gold, Diamond and First status in the airline’s own Bamboo Club loyalty program, with applications open from now until December 31, 2022.
There's no listed requirement to complete one business class flight with the airline either: just sign up to Bamboo Club (it’s free to join), apply online for the status match, and submit proof of your current member status with a Oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance.
Bamboo Airways status match tiers
The naming conventions of the Bamboo Club tiers will be confusing to most frequent flyers, as even the lowest levels sound rather premium, so here’s how they shake out.
Bamboo Club Emerald is the program’s entry level, and it's where you'll begin upon joining Bamboo Club.
Bamboo Club Gold will be matched from Oneworld Ruby (such as Qantas Silver), Star Alliance Silver and SkyTeam Elite tiers. Benefits include use of business class check-in desks; priority services such as seat selection, baggage handling and boarding; and a fee waiver on an additional 5kg of checked baggage.
Bamboo Club Diamond will be matched only from Oneworld Sapphire (such as Qantas Gold), and is the sweet spot in terms of practical perks for frequent flyers.
This ups the ante to include access to Bamboo Airways’ business class lounges; a fee waiver on an additional 10kg of checked baggage; and a complimentary upgrade to Bamboo Plus class or Bamboo Business class “if your original seat class is full and higher-tiered seat class is available at the time of check-in or boarding.”
Bamboo Club First will be matched from Oneworld Emerald (such as Qantas Platinum and Platinum One), Star Alliance Gold and SkyTeam Elite Plus tiers.
Flash that black card to join the priority line at customs and security areas, bring a guest into the Bamboo Airways lounge, and have fees waived on an additional 20kg of checked baggage.
How to apply for the Bamboo Airways status match
Bamboo Airways' current status match promotion runs through to December 31, 2022.
Start by signing up for your free Bamboo Club membership at bambooclub.bambooairways.com.
With your Bamboo Club membership number on hand, apply for the Bamboo Airways status match via the airline's online Google Docs form.
You'll need to upload a photo or scan of your passport and eligible frequent flyer membership card. A screenshot of your membership card from your current loyalty program's app will also suffice.
The airline says it will respond to each application via email “within 15 business days”, while any follow-up email enquiries can be sent to [email protected]
Further information on the Bamboo Airways 2022 status match promotion is available at the airline’s website.
Additional reporting by Chris Ashton