If you already hold status with another airline, you can get four months of Star Alliance status for free thanks to the Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles status match! You also have the opportunity to extend your Star Alliance status to a year by taking just one Turkish Airlines international flight.
Turkish Airlines offers a match to Miles&Smiles elite status, which is equivalent to Star Alliance Gold status, if you already have status with any of the following alliances or airlines:
- Oneworld Emerald (e.g. Qantas Platinum, American Airlines Executive Platinum or British Airways Gold)
- Star Alliance Gold (e.g. Air New Zealand Gold, KrisFlyer Gold or United Gold)
- SkyTeam Elite Plus
- Emirates Skywards Gold or Platinum
- Etihad Guest Gold or Platinum
- El Al Platinum or Top Platinum
Unfortunately, Turkish Airlines does not match Virgin Australia Velocity status. It also does not match to Qantas Gold or Silver status – only Platinum or Platinum One.
Once matched, you’ll immediately receive all the benefits of Star Alliance Gold status for four months! This includes lounge access, additional baggage allowance, priority at the airport and other benefits when flying on any of the 28 Star Alliance member airlines. This includes Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Air China, United and Air Canada.
How to get a Turkish Airlines status match
If you qualify for a status match, you can apply using the contact form on the Turkish Airlines website. We suggest selecting “Miles&Smiles” as the feedback category and “Membership processes” as the subject.
Include a brief message about why you’re requesting the status match. Make sure you mention your Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles membership number. You’ll also need to upload supporting documentation to accompany your request, including:
- A copy of your frequent flyer card with a competing airline, with your status level and the card’s expiry date clearly visible
- A copy of your latest frequent flyer account activity statement with the competing airline (to prove that you earned your existing status by flying)
- A copy of your passport/ID
You’ll usually receive a reply within around 3 business days. However, there can be delays and you may be asked for additional information or supporting documentation – so allow some time for the status match to be processed before you plan to travel.
Turkish Airlines may reject your status match request if your existing airline status is due to expire soon.
How to extend your Turkish Airlines status
Once approved, you can extend your status for a further 8 months (bringing the total duration to one year) by taking at least one Turkish Airlines international flight within the initial 4-month period.
Turkish Airlines does not fly to Australia, but they do fly to more countries than any other airline in the world from their hub in Istanbul. Most Turkish Airlines flights originate in Turkey, so it would be difficult to complete this challenge without flying to or through Turkey. But Turkish Airlines does operate some random fifth-freedom routes in various parts of the world, including Buenos Aires-Sao Paulo and Bishkek-Ulaanbaatar.
Your status can then be extended for another year by earning at least 15,000 miles from Turkish Airlines flights within that first year. One return trip from Jakarta or Bali to Istanbul in Business class would be enough to meet this requirement.
Beyond this point, you would need to satisfy the usual requirements to renew your Miles&Smiles status. Luckily, Turkish Airlines makes this fairly easy. If you’re a non-Turkish resident, you’d need to earn just 25,000 miles from Star Alliance flights in one year or 37,500 miles from Star Alliance flights over two years. For some reason, the requirements for Turkish residents are a little higher.
The requirements for earning and maintaining status with Turkish Airlines compare favourably with other Star Alliance programs and are about on-par with the excellent Asiana Club and Aegean Miles&Bonus frequent flyer programs.
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