Portuguese Star Alliance member TAP Portugal currently offers a nice status match. By owning a tier membership in a non Star Alliance frequent traveller program, you may get the Miles&Go Silver (= Star Alliance Silver) or Miles&Go Gold (= Star Alliance Gold) tier without much trouble.
Who is eligible?
You need a silver or gold tier membership with a non-Star-Alliance frequent flyer program to participate in this challenge. According to a list on TAP’s website, the following programs are accepted:
- American AAdvantage
- British Airways Executive Club
- Finnair Plus
- Iberia Plus
- Qatar Privilege Club
- Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- Aeroflot Bonus
- Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- MEA Cedar Miles
- Aeromexico Club Premier
- Flying Blue
- Alitalia MileMiglia (though it no longer exists)
- Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Delta SkyMiles
- Air Europa SUMA
- Etihad Guest
- LATAM Pass
- Emirates Skywards
- GOL Smiles
- Azul TudoAzul
Which exact status level you’ll get for each individual status is shown on the website, under Application process.
Buy Reward Miles or Join Club = Status for One Year
Unlike other status match challenges, you need to pay some extra money before TAP matches your status. In return, you do not need to complete any flights! You can either pay for a Miles&Go Club membership or buy some miles.
The first option is a 12-month membership that costs at least €99. Depending on the membership level, you’ll have different benefits, which you can view here. Take a look at what the Club has to offer, maybe there’s a benefit that sounds interesting to you.
Should you not be interested in joining the Miles&Go Club, you can also simply buy some miles. The cheapest option is buying 4,000 miles for €140. As this costs more than the membership, this option really makes no sense.
You need to finish the transaction within 10 days after you receive a notification from TAP. You’ll then get your new status for at least 12 months.
That means: You can get the Star Alliance Gold status for €99, with all its benefits, e.g. lounge access.
How to Participate
This offer is officially reserved for Miles&Go-members who registered after January 1st, 2020. You can easily sign up by using the regular sign-up form, where you have the opportunity to upload a scan of your frequent flyer membership card:
If you’re a member already or forgot to upload a scan of your card, you can send an e-mail to email@example.com.
You then only need to purchase the miles or join the club, within 10 days of receiving a notification from TAP.
Miles&Go Gold tier gives you all perks of a Star Alliance Gold status:
- Additional Free Bags (20kg or an additional checked bag). Some light fares are excluded.
- Priority check-in
- Lounge access for you and a guest
- Priority boarding
- Priority baggage handling
- Waiting list priority
- On Tap Flights:
- 50% mileage bonus
- Discount for someone travelling with you
- Free same-day-changes on
LIS ↔ FNC,
LIS ↔ OPO, and
LIS ↔ MAD(except light fares)
- Free EconomyXtra seat selection (more legroom)
Aside from lounge access in Portugal before intercontinental flights operated by TAP and some priority services on TAP flights, Miles&Go Silver isn’t anything special.
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