As an ex-MA Gold I talked to the topbonus customer service today and have the following points of information:
- You can request the status match till 31 May 2012
- The 4-month period will start on the 1st day of the month in which the request is processed*
- MA Gold is matched to AB Gold
- No info yet on the equivalent OW tiers for AB tiers
*Important for me since I'll travel long-haul in Feb (when AB status won't give me anything) and then only during the summer.
Some further info based on very recent experience: the status match happens almost instantaneously. They ask for a confirmation e-mail after the first request and after they get the reply for that the match is done immediately. The validity of the status is also a bit longer than what is advertised, my status is valid from 01.04.2012 till 30.09.2012, 6 months in total. I know that it is not a big difference but may still help out someone.
Programs: AY Club, BA Gold, LH Sen, PP Prest, AX Plat, DC Prem, HH Diam, Accor Plat, SPG Gold
LH Sen was matched to AB Gold for 4 months. 20 flights during that time will extend the validity for one year. But what did not become evident from the communication, must they be AB flights or will any OW flight do?