Match your British Airways Executive Club Gold or Silver card to Star Alliance Gold via TAP Air Portugal!

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You can use your British Airways Executive Club Gold or Silver card to get Star Alliance Gold status via a new TAP Air Portugal status match!

This would give you top tier privileges when travelling when any Star Alliance carrier, including Lufthansa, SWISS, United, Air Canada, Aegean, Turkish etc, for at least 12 months.  This makes it an especially good offer for a British Airways Silver member who would suddenly become top tier across Star Alliance.

The match is not entirely free but it won’t be hard to recoup the modest cost of €70.

How do I get a TAP Air Portugal status match?

Full details are on the TAP website here.

Edit: some people appear to be getting the error “Sorry, it is currently not possible to validate the information provided. Please try again later.” Despite this, some people are reporting confirmation emails several hours after signing up.

When signing up, remove the first ‘0’ in your phone number or the form will not be accepted (and it won’t tell you why it won’t be accepted!).

You must be a new member of TAP Miles&Go (ie joined at any point in 2020) to take part.

It is open to anyone who has status with AAdvantage, Aeroflot Bonus, Aerolineas Plus, Air Europa SUMA, Cedar Miles, Club Premier, Etihad Guest, Executive Club, Finnair Plus, Flying Blue, Iberia Plus, LATAM Pass, MilleMiglia, OK Plus, Privilege Club, Royal Club, Safar Flyer, SkyMiles, Skywards, Smiles or TudoAzul.

You CANNOT apply if you have previously had a TAP status match or, in the last six months, if you have previously applied and been rejected.

The exact match you get can be seen by clicking on the ‘Application’ button on the TAP status match page.  For British Airways:

Executive Club Gold = TAP Miles&Go Gold = Star Alliance Gold

Executive Club Silver = TAP Miles&Go Gold = Star Alliance Gold

Executive Club Bronze = TAP Miles&Go Silver = Star Alliance Silver

I should say upfront that Star Alliance Silver doesn’t have many benefits – you don’t get alliance-wide lounge access for example – so if you are British Airways Bronze this is probably not worth the effort and the €70 cost.

The process is clearly explained on the website.  You send TAP a copy of your British Airways Executive Club membership card and the other information they require.  If you are not already a member of TAP Miles&Go you can join and apply for a match at the same time.

TAP Miles&Go status match

What happens next?

TAP will notify you within 30 days that your match has been PROVISIONALLY made.

You then need to do one of two things within the following 10 days:

Purchase some Miles&Go miles (the smallest quantity is €70 for 2,000 miles), or

Join Club TAP Miles&Go at one of the four membership levels (the cheapest is €99 for a year – you receive 14,000 Miles&Go miles for this, although they are dropped into your account over the 12 months)

How long does my status match last for?

The website says that it will be valid for a minimum of 12 months.  I’m not sure if the exact timing depends on the date you join Miles&Go or something else.

You can renew your status at a 50% discount to the standard requirements:

  • Renew Gold with 25,000 Status Miles and flying 4 times with TAP Air Portugal
  • Renew Silver with 10,000 Status Miles and flying twice with TAP Air Portugal

The four segments could be obtained relatively easily with a return trip to a small city in Portugal, changing in Lisbon or Porto.  TAP flies from Manchester as well as Heathrow and Gatwick so this is also an option for those outside London.

Miles & Go Status Match TAP Air Portugal

What are the benefits of Star Alliance Gold?

I am not focusing on the specific benefits you get with TAP because I am assuming that most HFP readers would do most of their Star Alliance flying with other carriers such as Lufthansa.  You can see all the benefits of TAP Miles&Go Gold here.

(Note that one benefit of TAP Miles&Go Gold – gifting Gold membership to a friend – is NOT available to status matched members unless they successfully requalify for a further period of membership.)

You can see the benefits of Star Alliance Gold on the Star Alliance website here.

You get:

  • Lounge access (Gold members often have access to higher quality lounges than other members, for example the Senator room in the Lufthansa Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2)
  • Fast track security and boarding
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority baggage handling (which often works, unlike on BA!)
  • Extra baggage allowance
  • Free First Class upgrades on all your Heathrow Express trips

Conclusion

This could work out very nicely.  It is an exceptionally good deal for British Airways Executive Club Silver members who will find themselves with top tier status in Star Alliance.

The match isn’t free, but the cost of €70 (the price of 2,000 miles) is not exactly high.  It may make more sense to pay €99 and pick up 14,000 miles via the cheapest Club Miles&Go package.

The only issue is whether you will get full benefit from your membership.  Will you be doing a lot of Star Alliance travel over the next 12 months?  You are spending some money to set this up and it is a ‘once per lifetime’ match.

It is worth thinking about.  It is especially interesting if your British Airways status has been extended to 2022 – you will not need to earn any additional BA tier points until your 2021 membership year starts and could experiment with Star Alliance at no risk to your future Executive Club tier.

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Comments

  1. If you join the Club Tap Miles&Go, I am assuming the 14000 miles do not count towards the requalification 25000 miles?

    • No. But they would be enough for a short haul redemption it seems, so it’s not money down the drain.

  2. CapeCam says:

    Has anybody else had replies from TAP saying photo of card sent to prove staus match not eligible ?? – Myself and. colleague have had this, when in both instances the photos and also screenshots of our digital cards have been totally legible. Could this be an attempt to cull the numbers that doubtless this post encouraged?

    • Julian says:

      Still no response from TAP. I signed up on the 8th and had errors like everyone else upon logging in. 🙁

      • Skyshare says:

        I had the problems and the link expired. Applied again and it all worked first time, status was confirmed the next day.

  3. Does anyone know how long the offer to match is available for? Not flying for a few months so don’t want to sign up right now hence asking

    • Not clear annoyingly.

      I think I will do one because I can do a new series of T2 lounge reviews.

  4. The Original Nick says:

    Has anyone tried joining TAP miles and go at the 99 euro/yr level? It’s asking for a VAT number and can’t get past that page to join without one.

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