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. Match sounds great. Three things: Star codeshare earning rates are by metal. Eg a Lufty ticket with two Swiss segments on it both at R class – you get the Swiss rate not the Lufty rate. Second, because of this I very much doubt re-qualification through flying Lufty or Swiss economy or biz on anything but the top fare bands will work. Third, within Star, I often avoid TAP. Not because they are not a good airline, but because they remap ticket classes. So even if you book a TAP segment at a known qualifying class, and your ticket/receipt say that, it will often get remapped. To be fair that is for crediting TAP to other programmes. Either way though: I suspect when you look at earn rates and the high number of non-qualifying biz fares, you’ll find you’ll be flying TAP quite a bit. None of this 4 segments to BA and I’ll do all my flying with Qatar – in the long run for year two etc.

    • R Class isn’t used by LH group?

      • RUBEN MENEZES says:

        OT – does anyone know if lastminute.com accepts AMEX PLAT? The website says yes, but tried multiple times and have not been able to.

  2. What are the best Star Alliance lounges in Europe worth trying?

    • Lady London says:

      Istanbul, SK Stockholm, UA LHR T2, most SQ if you’re at least Gold (think SQ puts you in a poorer lounge at Changi now if you’re flying Y with status), good reports on TG First BKK but not sure some previous benefits weren’t removed), spring to mind

      • ARN lounges are very nice, yes. And UA T2 is the best lounge ever. I can’t understand why Rob always promotes dark and gloomy Plaza one when you have an amazing trio of UA, SQ and (slightly less amazing) AC in T2B!

        • You’ll find we generally say United is one of the top 3 in Heathrow. PP beats the other A lounges though.

          • No it doesn’t. That’s ridiculous. The LH lounges are much more pleasant than Plaza. Plaza have a very basic selection of drinks and food and it’s very gloomy. LH is Do&Co catered that according to all the fan boys is the Bees Knees when BA are paying for it?

            Plus in typical Harrods food hall, Plaza is full of riff raff.

          • I just lose the will to live in the Lufthansa lounge. Even the Senator area isn’t much better. It is far too utilitarian.

    • John T says:

      Turkish Airlines lounge, Istanbul Airport

  3. James says:

    How easy is it to earn Status Miles? Is there a good site to calculate how much flights would give you? Thanks

    • Lady London says:

      wheretocredit and statusmatcher are your friends. please ensure to feed back into statusmatcher whenever you can to help others as you have benefited.

  4. babyg says:

    Is anybody else having issues signing up? Im getting error messages.. tried multiple browsers…

  5. Kathryn James says:

    Hi I have been trying to register all morning for status match on TAP website. I am getting error remarks and not able to complete. Is anyone else experiencing this.

    • babyg says:

      yup, get the following error “Sorry, it is currently not possible to validate the information provided. Please try again later.”

    • Matthew says:

      Managed to sign up using Google but the link in the message to confirm my e-mail address won’t work. I did receive an e-mail with a membership number but this does not seem to have linked with my client profile. Very clunky.

  6. Signed up at 11:30am UK time, no issues using google

  7. George says:

    I got slightly excited about the Heathrow Express upgrade offer until I realised there were strings attached. It is only valid if you “purchase a full fare standard class ticket” which would exclude holders of advance purchase discounted tickets. Also you must be travelling to and from Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 2. This is a moot point though, how would they know which terminal you’re travelling to and from? They will ask you to see your Star Alliance Gold card on the train, when they find you sitting in Business First and they only do this between Paddington and Terminal 2/3.

    • AFAIK they accept all ticket types in reality. This offer has been running for years.

      • mr_jetlag says:

        can confirm, have used it on Carnet and discount tickets in past.

  8. “.. HFP readers would do most of their Star Alliance flying with other carriers such as Lufthansa.. ”
    Really? If you compare TAP biz class with Lufthansa or any other Star Alliance member’s biz class with Lufthansa, I can’t understand why anyone would fly with Lufthansa.

    • Lufthansa has a much larger route network for starters – TAP doesn’t even fly to Asia!

  9. Anyone know if you can generally split earning and benefits between two loyalty programmes? For example, could I credit a flight to United but use TAP Gold status for lounge access, checked bags etc?

    • Yes, but it can be complex. You either put United in the booking and wave your virtual TAP card at security, lounge, boarding etc, or you put TAP in the booking to ensure you get into the lounge and then get someone at a ticket desk to change the number in your booking before you board.

      The real pain is when you do the first bit but the lounge person insists on changing over the number in the booking.

      It IS technically possible to have 2 numbers in a booking for the very reason you mention but not many people know how to do it.

      • Interesting, thanks. I mainly fly AA/BA but sometimes end up on UA so this would be useful. I am far more likely to spend UA miles than TAP miles.

      • Lady London says:

        I can vouch for the fact that this is meant to work but can backfire on you.

        Basically you need to watch like a hawk which card you scan last before you get on the plane. Theoretically that is where your flight will be credited. That last scan may be the lounge, it may be the gate, it may be what card you show at checkin ir what you already had on your booking before you checked in (esp if you are running late so you miss the chance to change it at the lounge.

        However this can easily fail. Anecdotally as soon as you put a Miles&More number on your booking often that’s what gets credited even if you showed a different card later and even if the non-M&M number shows in the right.place on the boardingpass. Happened to me twice losing me expensive mileage that got credited to LH even though the other program’s number was showing correctly on the boarding pass.

        Have you ever tried to get miles back that were credited to the wrong program even though it was not your fault? Good luck with that.

        So my advice would be if you don’t want to credit to M&M then try to keep your M&M number off the booking.

    • Never been a problem to have crediting star program in the booking and wave the gold card for benefits

  10. RUBEN MENEZES says:

    OT – has anyone here been able to pay with AMEX on lastminute.com? I’ve tried multiple times with different browser without any success. Called AMEX, they tried a text payment and had no issue. So not sure what is causing the issue here.
    If anyone knows how to pay with AMEX please do let me know.

    • memesweeper says:

      Ruben, the consensus here is to avoid Lastminute.com. Customer service and IT problems abound.

    • mr_jetlag says:

      Try Paypal using your Amex as the payment card?

      • Jonathan says:

        Definitely don’t do this. Makes it much harder to do Chargeback if/when Lastminute screw you over with cancellations.

        • Lady London says:

          Lastminute? Really? Listen to @memesweeper..

          I know this forum is currently hard to search bur if you want to know why try flyertalk.

  11. babyg says:

    anybody registered for a new account with TAP since midday today? I- have been trying and simply get
    Some error ocurred
    FlyTAP.DataAccess – Sorry, it is currently not possible to validate the information provided. Please try again later.
    pc using chrome/ie/edge
    Maybe ill try on my mobile…

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