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.
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!
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list. Additional visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. There is no annual fee in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.