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Turkish Airlines still offering a Star Alliance status match to BA Golds

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Turkish Airlines was very aggressive early last year in offering status matches to elite members of other airlines.  I even took advantage of this myself, matching my British Airways Gold card.

Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance.  This means that, if you get a status match with them, you will receive a Gold card valid on ALL 19 Star Alliance airlines – Lufthansa, Air Canada, United, Swiss, Thai, Egyptair, Adria, SAS, LOT etc etc.  Even better, Turkish Airlines gives you Gold status for two years rather than the usual one year.

You don’t even need to match a British Airways Gold card.  They were also matching any elite card from a Skyteam member.  Even odder, they were matching a Gold card from another Star Alliance airline!  Getting a status match to Thai was a lot easier than trying to renew your existing Star Alliance Gold from another airline.

Turkish Miles and Smiles Gold

To be honest, I thought that Thai had stopped doing matches.  However, this email received by a Head for Points reader two weeks ago (who, ironically, was denied a match to his BA Silver card) shows that they are still doing it.


We have received your e-mail message dated 10.12.2013

Please be informed that only Star Alliance Gold , Skyteam Elite Plus and Oneworld Emerald members have an opportunity for Status Match.

Therefore we are sorry that  we are unable to meet your demand positively.

Kind Regards,


Full details of how to go about getting your existing Gold card matched to Turkish Gold can be found in this Loyalty Lobby post.

Note that you cannot match your Cathay Pacific Gold card.  This is because Cathay Gold is NOT treated as OneWorld Emerald – you need a Cathay Platinum card for this.  This is why Cathay Gold gets you the same benefits as BA Silver and not BA Gold!

Comments (23)

  • Rob says:

    I’ve just applied to get the match for a BA Gold with Turkish, but was wondering how this will work… I have Frequent Flier with Lufthansa (Miles and More), so do I continue to build up my M&M points and just flash my shiny new Turkish Gold (should it ever appear) to gain access to the lounges etc when I fly *A?

    • Alan says:

      Yes – some lounges get a little picky if it’s not on the booking but as long as you’ve got the physical card you should be OK