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STILL RUNNING: Match your British Airways Gold or Silver card to Star Alliance Gold via TAP!

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It’s been three months since we mentioned this hugely generous offer.  It is still running so I thought it was worth running again, especially as the prospects for travel in 2021 are getting brighter.  It is an EXCEPTIONAL opportunity for a mid-tier British Airways Silver to get Star Alliance Gold!

Here’s the deal.  You can use your British Airways Executive Club Gold or Silver card to get Star Alliance Gold status via a TAP Air Portugal status match!

TAP 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 €99.

I have done this match myself and I can confirm that it works fine.

How do I get a TAP Air Portugal status match?

Full details are on the TAP Portugal website here.

You must be a new member of Miles&Go (you can do the match at the same time as applying) OR have joined in 2020.  If you have an older Miles&Go account you may want to quietly abandon it and start again.

The match 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 looking under clause 2.3 in the small print at the bottom under ‘Application Process’.  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 €99 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.

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!).

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 at least 4,000 Miles&Go 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)

Club TAP Miles&Go is the cheapest option at €99.

How long does my status match last for?

The website says that it will be valid for a minimum of 12 months.  Mine was approved in August and runs until the end of September 2021.

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.

TAP Miles&Go status match

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.

(The rules state 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. TAP does not have very good IT, however ….)

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 €99 to buy cheapest Club Miles&Go package is attractive.

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.

Once travel resumes, I look forward to using my Gold status to bring you updated reviews of the many Star Alliance lounges at Heathrow Terminal 2!

Comments (52)

  • Doc says:

    Spooky. Did a search for this exact article yesterday here and applied yesterday. Awaiting reply.
    Potentially have 2 trips with Star Alliance with a few domestic flights planned for India, including a trip on Lufthansa and Swiss First, so this could work for me IF travel goes ahead as normal in 2021. Fingers crossed.

  • C E says:

    I will also add that, potentially for some glitch on my account, but I was able to gift a TAP Gold status to another person. The Gold status is also due to last 24 months, not the expected 12, representing very good value for money. Although again, I add, they may have changed this since I attained mine in May.

    • Rhys says:

      It’s not just you. The T&Cs suggest you can’t but in reality it seems you can.

      If anyone wants to gift me Tap Gold let me know!

    • Doc says:

      Did you have to do anything to get 24 month status since the status match still says 12 months from approval?

      • C E says:

        No nothing, I thought it was just a fluke & would change to 12 month as advertised – but the timing of mines must’ve coincided with status extension. I would recommend being content with 12 months and if it comes as 24 months it’s a bonus 🙂

  • Jimbo says:

    Question. My BA account states:
    Tier Point collection year ends June 2021
    Card Expiry July 2022
    Apropos your article… Does this mean this mean my British Airways status has been extended to 2022?

    • Andrew says:

      Yes it has and that’s what you’ve written above your question – clearly states expiry July 2022. Everyone was given a year extension back in May(?) and instead of your card expiring July 2021 it will be July 2022

  • Robert says:

    I am considering doing this, but any thoughts on “how to use small orphan amounts of frequent flyer miles and hotel points” (as per your recent articles) for TAP Miles&Go miles… I don’t know, maybe, say, 14,000 points?

    • The Original Nick says:

      I done the match back in July. I’ve booked flights with TAP and used some of my miles towards the payment.

  • Mark says:

    Well if anyone wants to ‘gift’ me their status I’ll pay you a token amount… drop your email in the comments perhaps

  • Michael C says:

    Does lounge access include a guest?

  • Jan M says:

    So far used the status with Lufthansa twice, but it’s not proving as valuable as I had hoped. Most of its lounges are still closed, and you don’t get the free luggage allowance or any TAP miles when you book a light fare.

    • Andrew says:

      Yes it does strike me as a bit too early to jump on this – might take my chances and wait until the summer to join if it’s still around then.

  • Cooper says:

    Do you have to forfeit your BAEC membership in order to obtain this status match, or can you still retain it?

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