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Emirates forms a joint venture with TAP Portugal – your TAP status match has more value

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A lot of Head for Points readers currently have Star Alliance Gold status from TAP Portugal, as part of their generous status match offer last year.

The status match offer still seems to be running – and TAP will even match British Airways Silver status to Star Alliance Gold. Full details of the TAP status match are in this article.

Your TAP status may be about to get even more valuable.

Emirates forms a joint venture with TAP

This week, Emirates and TAP signed an agreement to turn their current codeshare partnership into a more integrated joint venture.

As well as expanding the number of codeshare routes, the two airlines will:

“explore ways to enhance the co-operation on their respective frequent flyer programmes including reciprocal earning and redemption opportunities and popular benefits such as lounge access.”

In plain English, this means that your TAP Gold card may soon get you into Emirates lounges when you fly with them.

The agreement comes into effect on 1st May, subject to regulatory approvals. It isn’t clear when we will know exactly what the reciprocal status benefits will be.

You can find out more on the Emirates website here.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (June 2023)

Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 60,000 Skywards miles) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (61)

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  • Bill says:

    This is excellent for consumers. Travel agents quick you take your money and not face the repercussions for their behaviour

  • Anna says:

    On balance I’m pleased at the ECJ ruling. While it’s quite a stretch for tour operators to be expected to monitor the behaviour of hotel employees, this might go a way to promoting issues of equality and diversity. My sister went on holiday alone to Tunisia a couple of years ago and was continually harassed by one of the hotel staff, including being phoned and texted by him as he had got her contact information from the hotel computer system! I told her to make a complaint to the tour operator but don’t think anything ever came of it.

    • Chris Heyes says:

      Anna I disagree at the ECJ ruling not because for that case, i just don’t see how any travel operator could possibly prevent something like that happening
      Even though its devastating to the person (plus sorry about your sister)
      What i would like to see fetched in is the death penalty for such obvious cases
      or if people think that’s to extreme, castration and jail
      I have a grand-daughter who was raped at 16 on way home from school about 6 years ago.
      The B******d got away with it majority verdict, police didn’t want to know until a 20 year old married woman came forward as well

  • Daniel says:

    Submitted the form for the Status Match back in December 31st – just before the situation in the UK deteriorated really badly – but did not go ahead with it in the subsequent months which I’m glad as these current months would have eaten into the year long validity with no opportunities to travel at all.

    Keep getting calls from TAP agents to do the match , but ‘m holding off until the very last moment – but not too late for it to be pulled.

  • Ryan says:

    Also true, but BA selling this are not a Travel Agent, they are the Tour Operator.

    Rob says:
    20 Mar 16:08
    Not really. BA selling you a flight and hotel makes it a package holiday under the scope of U.K. rules.

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