Turkish Airlines (apparently) still matching ANY airline Gold card to Star Alliance Gold!

I am currently the holder of a Star Alliance Gold card until July 2014.  This gives me top tier privileges when flying Lufthansa, Thai, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Turkish, Egyptair, US Airways, United, Austrian, Adria, Luxair etc etc.

I did not get this the hard way, by undertaking a gruelling flight schedule on Star Alliance carriers.  I did it by getting Turkish Airlines to match my British Airways Gold card as I wrote about last July.

Most people, including me, had assumed that this matching bonanza was over.  However, Turkish Airlines is STILL actively matching Gold cards issued by any other airline.  Even, amazingly, other Star Alliance airlines.

Turkish Miles and Smiles Gold

So, if you have an airline Gold card – say, your Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold from American Express Platinum or the Gold card from the recent Flying Blue match – then I would give it a go.  Even if you do not fly Star Alliance airlines at the moment, a lot can change over the two year period that you will be Turkish Airlines Gold.

Details of how to apply can be found at Loyalty Lobby.  It appears that it may take two months for them to get around to doing your match, but that certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for it!

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  1. Raffles, I note from the instructions you have to send a copy of statement from your current frequent flier program. Having the MPC Gold through Amex Plat means even though I have the status I still credit all my oneworld flights to my BAEC account, in this instance how would this play out when attempting the status match?

    • I would try sending a different page off the website, one that shows you are Gold but does not actually show your activity!

    • Thanks for heads up Raffles! The TK website allows up to 5 images to be attached to the form – I took photos of the front and back of my CX gold card and a snipped image of my online account statement (just showing date, name, number and status).

  2. mrtibbs1999 says:

    If you have a non oneworld status and would like a 5 month match, could I suggest Air Berlin, who within 20 minutes of my application made me TB Gold from my KLM card, service@topbonus.de

    I also applied for TK as if successful it will make me second highest tier in all 3 alliances. Thanks for the Link!

    • Very interesting! I will do a quick post on this for next week.

      • mrtibbs1999 says:

        Please do, it’s a great offer and of course you can create e new TB account in 5 months at a different address and get matched to your new TK card lol

        • hmmm…If it is a match from *G to OW, wouldn’t it be *G->OW emerald, in which case it is a match from, let’s say, A3 gold to AB platinum?

          • It is always pot luck with status matches. Some airlines bother to look up exactly what tier a card belonged to, some simply match to the same coloured card. This sometimes works in your favour and sometimes doesn’t.

  3. CX Gold is OW Sapphire equivalent, but your BA Gold is Emerald.
    Does that mean I can use my BA Silver to get a Star Alliance Gold card?

    • Raffles says:

      I doubt they are that sophisticated. BA Silver will get you Star Silver equivalent, which is useless if issued by Turkish, unless you end up flying them. I get a feeling that Cathay Gold would get Star Gold.

      • I have just applied using the Cathay Gold and will update as and when I hear back from Turkish. Reading on LoyaltyLobby there is some indication they may have tightened the “offer” a bit as a number of people have been turned down, but time will tell, sounds like a two month wait until we know.

  4. I sent my AA Platinum card in around August last year and it was rejected. I don’t suspect other OneWorld Sapphire statuses to go through.

  5. I applied in October for the TK status match for CX gold, but was declined as they only match OW emerald.