TK status match (2017 onwards)

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Update January 2017: Recent reports indicate the unofficial status match programme is running reasonably smoothly.

TK will only match Star Alliance Gold (they are clamping down on matching other *G), Skyteam Elite Plus, Oneworld Emerald members, Emirates and Etihad Gold/Platinum and El Al Platinum/Top Platinum. Other, more exotic, gold card holders are out of luck. Please report your experience in this thread.

It appears that status matches are only granted once per lifetime, so think carefully before requesting if you might not re-qualify.

Please note that the only way to contact TK is now via the website

2/6/2015 new info from TK
We have received your message that you sent to our unit on 20 January 2015. Please be informed that when you claim your first flight with Turkish Airlines or other Star Alliance members to your Miles&Smiles account, your card will be sent to your address automatically.

On the otherhand, we would like to remind you that you can also get your original Miles&Smiles Card from Card Press Desk at Ataturk Airport International Terminal between 07.30 A.M and 09.45 PM. The location of Card Press desk is between A and B Check-in counters.

4/7/2015
Adding this Step-by-Step guide with screenshots to TK Status Match
http://dcta.boardingarea.com/2015/02...-status-match/

26/7/2015 - Jerry
TK asks for Elite card scan AND Account activity within last 2 months, so it's best if you have some activities!!
Timeline can range from few hours to few days, be patient!

21/9/2015 - Neil791
For those reporting successful matches, can you please post your results as follows so others can estimate their wait times, success rates

02/11/2015 - flolee
It looks like TK might also ask you for a scan of your Passport now. So if you are in a hurry better submit it right away in the first place with all the other documents.

Date Requested
Current Airline and Status (i.e. AB TopBonus, AA Plat, etc)
Information submitted (i.e. physical card scan, activity statement, etc)
Any replies received other than confirmation
Date Confirmation Received

03/01/2016 - zap7
Multiple reports from December 16th 2015 onwards state that TK now only grants a match to 4 months "elite trial", requiring 1 international TK flight during the 4 months following the match to extend it to one year and 15000 k TK status miles during that year to extend elite status to 2 years:
Welcome Miles&Smiles Turkish Airlines' advantageous Frequent Flyer Programme. Elite card trial period will be valid for 4 months. As of start date of elite membership within 4 months trial period one international Turkish Airlines flight should be realised for extending your card validity date to 1 year, if 15.000 status miles accumulate at the end of the first year elite membership will extend 1 year more and the total validity date will be 2 years.
04/11/2017 - CoweyB. TK has clarified that once a status match is given any miles collected during the first year of the match do not count for renewal - despite the email suggesting that 25,000 miles collected in the first year will secure renewal. TK has said that it is necessary to collect 37,500 in the second year to maintain Elite status for a further two years once the period of the status match ends.
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Old Dec 17, 17, 9:43 pm
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On my statement it does not mention that the 15K are to be earned with TK. TK is only mentioned for the first part, when you must fly TK metal during the first 4 months
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Old Dec 17, 17, 11:59 pm
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That was exactly my point when I corresponded with TK. But why do all the flights (but one) did not earn miles?
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Old Dec 18, 17, 2:36 am
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After from sage advice as to which *A FFS to join from this site, I went for TK and applied for a status match. It was relatively straight forward - apart from the fact that they wouldn't accept my FB Platinum card and insisted on seeing FB Gold (which thankfully I still had). All in all it took about 10 days and I picked up a couple of cards at the desk is IST last week.

Still giving the challenge of 1 international TK flight within 4 months and 15000 TK miles in the year to maintain.
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Old Dec 19, 17, 7:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Innocent Abroad View Post
That was exactly my point when I corresponded with TK. But why do all the flights (but one) did not earn miles?
It's their error, each flight did earn miles, I am at about 10K now. Is it worth posting all the next TAP operted flights on TK as well, in hope that when I will reach 15K they will let me keep the status, or is it wiser to just give up on that, join Tap Victoria and credit the flights there?
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Old Dec 20, 17, 12:24 am
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Originally Posted by skyscanner View Post
It's their error, each flight did earn miles, I am at about 10K now. Is it worth posting all the next TAP operted flights on TK as well, in hope that when I will reach 15K they will let me keep the status, or is it wiser to just give up on that, join Tap Victoria and credit the flights there?
It's somewhat risky but if I think you could give it a go. But get ready to almost endless communications with TK.
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Old Dec 22, 17, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by Innocent Abroad View Post
It's somewhat risky but if I think you could give it a go. But get ready to almost endless communications with TK.
I was wondering, for those of you who kept the Ellite status for another year after gathering 15k during the first year, what the requirement is to keep the status for the 3rd year: is it to get 40k during the first 2 years?

Alternatively, I might be interested in joining Tap Victoria, because I mainly fly on them and also because they can also count your segments to qualify you to Ellite status, and not just miles. During the transition period, can I book flights with the Tap Victoria frequent flyer number and show them the Turkish airlines Star Allliance Gold card when I want to use the lounge or have the extra piece of luggage?

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Old Jan 4, 18, 4:35 am
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Happy New Year FT Friends. I have made a Status Match Request and sent all of the required information. In return they have requested a card that shows more that 2 months validity. As new credentials have not posted for the new year, I have sent a copy of my app card that shows I have Delta Platinum E+ status until Jan 2019. Is there anything else I can do that would be of assistance? Has anyone else had this issue? Is there a TK Status Match Thread for 2018? Many thanks in advance for any assistance.
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Old Jan 6, 18, 11:49 pm
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Iím having problems with my status match.
They keep telling me they canít open the my activity statement document, Iíve enen converted it to a .jog.

Any ideas, suggestions?

Very frustrating.
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Old Jan 8, 18, 1:18 am
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Originally Posted by nwncl View Post
Happy New Year FT Friends. I have made a Status Match Request and sent all of the required information. In return they have requested a card that shows more that 2 months validity. As new credentials have not posted for the new year, I have sent a copy of my app card that shows I have Delta Platinum E+ status until Jan 2019. Is there anything else I can do that would be of assistance? Has anyone else had this issue? Is there a TK Status Match Thread for 2018? Many thanks in advance for any assistance.
It's very likely you have to wait until you received the new physical card package...TK CS was famous of not acknowledging Electronic card and reluctant to login manually to verify your validity even if you proactively provide your account login info and "authorize" them to do so
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Old Jan 9, 18, 4:05 am
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How long does status match take? It's Tuesday and I'm about to buy a flight for this upcoming Thursday (business and international), is it going to be impossible to credit this to my status match (for the first four months requirement)?
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Old Jan 10, 18, 8:28 am
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How long does status match take? It's Tuesday and I'm about to buy a flight for this upcoming Thursday (business and international), is it going to be impossible to credit this to my status match (for the first four months requirement)?
For me it took three working days from filling up the request and receiving email confirmation of the match challenge.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by LuoboTiX View Post
It's very likely you have to wait until you received the new physical card package...TK CS was famous of not acknowledging Electronic card and reluctant to login manually to verify your validity even if you proactively provide your account login info and "authorize" them to do so

Thanks LuoboTiX, they did finally grant me status after I noted that the new card hadnít arrived and stated that the picture clearly showed the dates. Pleased to have already booked enough flights to meet the status match challenge. Excited to experience this renowned lounge in Istanbul.

Thanks again.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 10:02 pm
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Originally Posted by micaello View Post
For me it took three working days from filling up the request and receiving email confirmation of the match challenge.
So there's very well a chance they'll accept me on Friday but not allow me to log in my business flight on Thursday :///
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Old Jan 14, 18, 4:22 am
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So there's very well a chance they'll accept me on Friday but not allow me to log in my business flight on Thursday :///
Yup, and that's exactly what happened. They matched me on January 12th and my flight was on January 11th. What a disaster - I guess I won't be status matching because I won't have another flight within 4 months; that was fun TK.
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Old Jan 14, 18, 10:58 pm
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Yup, and that's exactly what happened. They matched me on January 12th and my flight was on January 11th. What a disaster - I guess I won't be status matching because I won't have another flight within 4 months; that was fun TK.
It's fast enough of TK regarding your match. Some others have even been waiting up to 4 weeks for a simple successful match. It's your own responsibility to schedule your flight wisely and create enough space.
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