If you already have elite status with Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, British Airways, American Airlines or selected other airlines, you could now be eligible for a Star Alliance status match with TAP Air Portugal!
Thanks to the TAP Portugal status match promotion, you could receive Star Alliance Silver or Gold status for one year. You don’t even need to set foot on a TAP Portugal aircraft. Instead, you’ll just need to be prepared to spend at least $118 on TAP Miles&Go miles.
A similar promotion originally ran during March and April 2020, and was open to frequent flyers of any Oneworld or SkyTeam airline. The offer has been extended indefinitely, but is now only open to current members of 21 selected partner airlines. Here is the full list of eligible frequent flyer programs:
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Aeroflot Bonus
- Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- Air Europa SUMA
- MEA Cedar Miles
- Aeromexico Club Premier
- Etihad Guest
- British Airways Executive Club
- Finnair Plus
- Air France/KLM Flying Blue
- Iberia Plus
- LATAM Pass
- Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- Delta SkyMiles
- Emirates Skywards
- GOL Smiles
- Azul TudoAzul
The Tap Miles&Go tier that you’ll be matched to depends on your current status level with the other airline. A full list is available on the TAP website.
It may be possible to request a status match from some other frequent flyer programs, but matches from other Star Alliance airlines will not be approved.
Under the updated terms & conditions, TAP Miles&Go Gold members are no longer able to nominate a friend or family member to also receive complimentary Star Alliance Gold status – a normal TAP program benefit – until they have renewed their status the following year. New members that receive a status match will also not be issued with a physical membership card unless they complete the challenge to extend their status for a further year.
As this is an offer for new members, it’s not available to anyone that was already a member of the TAP Miles&Go frequent flyer program prior to January 2020. It’s also not available to anyone that has previously applied for a TAP status match.
How to get a TAP Portugal Miles&Go status match
If you qualify for a TAP status match, and you’re not already a member of the TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go frequent flyer program, you can request a match when enrolling for free on the airline’s website.
When signing up, you’ll be given the option to submit a digital photograph of your current frequent flyer membership card showing your existing status tier. In this photo, your name, membership number, status level and the card’s expiry date must be clearly visible.
Alternatively, if you are already a TAP Miles&Go member and joined after 1 January 2020, you can email your status match request along with a complete photo of your current airline membership card to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the airline’s discretion, TAP Air Portugal may also ask for further documentation to prove the legitimacy of your existing status validity. Requested documents could include a new copy of the same card in physical or digit format (e.g. with better resolution) or a copy of your account activity statement.
If your application is validated, you’ll automatically be eligible for the TAP Miles&Go tier upgrade. However, there is one more step…
Buy miles (or a subscription) to complete the process
To receive a status upgrade, you’ll then need to either buy Miles&Go miles or take out a TAP Miles&Go Club membership within 10 days of validation. Once this has been completed, you’ll receive another confirmation – from which point your status benefits should begin to apply. You’ll also receive a digital membership card within 15 days and your status will be valid for at least 12 months from approval.
TAP Miles&Go Club membership comes with various benefits such as bonus miles and priority boarding on TAP Air Portugal flights, depending on the subscription purchased. The cheapest membership costs €99 (~$167) per year.
A cheaper option would be to purchase miles. There is no minimum purchase amount required to take part in the status match promotion, and the lowest possible purchase amount is 2,000 miles for €70 (~$118).
Full details, terms & conditions are available on the TAP Air Portugal website.
What you get with a TAP Portugal status match
Once your status match has been processed, you’ll get to keep the benefits of your Miles&Go Silver or Gold status for 12 months. This includes all of the usual Star Alliance Silver & Gold benefits, such as priority boarding, additional baggage allowance and lounge access, depending on your status tier. These benefits can be used across the entire Star Alliance network, including on Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa and United.
You’ll also receive benefits like bonus miles for TAP flights, and Silver members even receive lounge access when flying on intercontinental TAP flights.
However, with the benefits initially only valid for 12 months, you may prefer to wait until Australia’s international borders reopen before applying. Star Alliance Gold status is valuable, but only if you’re able to travel overseas!
How to extend your TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go status
To extend your TAP Miles&Go status for another year, you would need to earn a certain amount of status miles by flying on TAP Air Portugal and/or its partner airlines within 12 months of approval:
- Silver status – earn 10,000 status miles and fly at least twice with TAP Air Portugal (normally requires 30,000 status miles or 25 TAP-operated flights)
- Gold status – earn 25,000 status miles and fly at least four times with TAP Air Portugal (normally requires 70,000 status miles or 50 TAP-operated flights)
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: TAP Air Portugal *A status match challenge