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STATUS MATCH: Get British Airways Silver equivalent if you have status elsewhere

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British Airways never, ever, does status matches from other airlines.

(Well, if you are a multinational switching from another alliance to BA they will do it for top staff, but apart from that …..)

However, for the next few days, you can get a de facto British Airways status match via Royal Jordanian.

Royal Jordanian status match

Note that the T&C state that Royal Jordanian is restricting the UK part of the deal to people who live in England. The application form only allows you to select ‘UK’ so I suspect that this is acceptable.

Other acceptable countries of residence are: Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Netherlands, Oman, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey and the UAE.

The application form allows you to select other countries but I assume that you will be rejected if you select one of those.

Royal Jordanian is a BA partner in the oneworld alliance

British Airways may refuse to do status matches, but Royal Jordanian has different ideas.

Royal Jordanian is a member of the oneworld alliance, alongside British Airways. If you have Gold Sparrow status with Royal Jordanian, you will receive virtually all of the benefits of British Airways Silver status when you fly with BA.

  • BA lounge access for you and a guest? Tick
  • Priority security? Tick
  • Extra baggage allowance? Tick
  • Use business class check-in desks? Tick
  • Free seat selection? Tick
  • Priority boarding? Tick

Your Royal Jordanian status will also be valid when flying with all of the other oneworld carriers – Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, American Airlines, Qantas etc.

Which airline statuses is Royal Jordanian matching?

You can match status from the following programmes to Royal Jordanian. I have listed the status level you need to get Gold Sparrow status with Royal Jordanian, which is equivalent to British Airways Silver.

Silver Jay status with Royal Jordanian, equivalent to British Airways Bronze, is also available if you have the next lowest elite tier with any of these programmes.

Royal Jordanian status match
  • Air Europa (Gold, Platinum)
  • Air France KLM (Gold, Platinum, Platinum Ultimate)
  • El Al (Gold, Platinum, Top Platinum)
  • Emirates (Gold, Platinum)
  • Etihad (Gold, Platinum)
  • Egyptair (Elite, Gold, Platinum)
  • Gulf Air (Gold, Black)
  • Kuwait Airways (Gold, Platinum)
  • Lufthansa et al (Senator, HON Circle)
  • Middle East Airlines (Gold, Platinum, Presidents Club)
  • Oman Air (Gold)
  • Saudia (Gold)
  • Scandinavian Airlines (Gold, Diamond)
  • TAP Air Portugal (Gold)
  • Turkish Airlines (Elite, Elite Plus)
  • Virgin Atlantic (Gold)

You can’t get top tier status via this match

Before I go on, you need to know that Royal Jordanian has different status tiers to British Airways. When I talk about ‘Gold’ or ‘Silver’, you need to note which airline I am discussing.

Royal Club, the Royal Jordanian programme, has three elite levels:

  • Platinum Hawk is the same as British Airways Gold
  • Gold Sparrow is the same as British Airways Silver
  • Silver Jay is the same as British Airways Bronze

Here are the two key things to note about this match:

  • Royal Jordanian is not matching anyone to Platinum Hawk. If you are top tier with another programme, you will only get Gold Sparrow. This still gets you lounge access with British Airways, however.
  • If you have a lower elite tier with an airline listed above, you should be eligible to receive Silver Jay. This is not a lot of use, in the same way that British Airways Bronze status isn’t too valuable. It doesn’t offer lounge access and only offers free seat selection on BA seven days before departure.
Royal Jordanian status match

How long will my Royal Jordanian status last?

12 months.

Do I need to put my Royal Jordanian status in my British Airways bookings to get my benefits, thus losing Avios and tier points?

You will definitely need to put your Royal Jordanian number into future BA bookings to get free seat selection.

You may NOT need it for lounge access, priority boarding etc because much of the time you can show one card to an agent and keep a different number in your booking. At airports with automated gates you may need to have your Royal Jordanian number in your booking to access priority security lines.

You would need to swap the frequent flyer number in your booking at check-in to earn Avios and tier points. You could also do it in the lounge if there was a BA ticket desk.

The bottom line is that you need a boarding pass in your hand at the time of boarding which shows your BAEC number if you want to earn Avios and tier points, instead of Royal Jordanian miles and tier credit.

(Frankly, for short haul flights which earn minimal tier points or Avios, you might as well put your Royal Jordanian number in your booking and leave it there. You’re not losing much.)

Is there a fee for the status match?

Yes. There is a $149 application fee for Gold Sparrow status, which covers the costs of the third party which is handling the match on behalf of Royal Jordanian.

Silver Jay, equivalent to British Airways Bronze status, has a lower $49 fee.

The terms state that your match will be processed within five business days but I am told that it should be quicker.

How do I apply?

There is a special website for the status match which is here. I recommend you read the FAQ and T&C before proceeding.

You will need to sign up for a Royal Jordanian account before applying for your match. There is a link on the status match site.

There is no end date for the match. However, a similar oneworld match with Royal Air Maroc last year hit its target within a couple of days.


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Comments (70)

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  • MM says:

    Got status match to gold sparrow for myself and a parent using virgin Gold. not asked for passport or anything extra after uploading status confirmation.

    • Travel Strong says:

      New link sent today with a new ID verification provider running the check. All submitted finally.

  • Gabriel says:

    Can you ever match hotel status to an airline status?

    • Rob says:

      Not unless there is a special partnership, eg the Singapore Airlines / Marriott deal unveiled this week if you scroll back a few posts on the home page.

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