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 Mar 26, 18, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by RolfD View Post
I just got an elite miles and more status match. i have a general question, what is considered a international flight with TK e.g. TXL-IST-TXL will be consider an international flight?
yes.. that is an international flight. A national flight (domestic) would be a flight within Turkey
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Old Mar 26, 18, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by toastedcafe View Post
yes.. that is an international flight. A national flight (domestic) would be a flight within Turkey
it is an specific fare in order to achieve the international flight? or does the eco fare will suffice ?

Thank you for your answer!
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Old Mar 26, 18, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by RolfD View Post
it is an specific fare in order to achieve the international flight? or does the eco fare will suffice ?

Thank you for your answer!
as far as I know any type of fare (except an award ticket) counts.
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Old Mar 26, 18, 6:22 pm
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Originally Posted by toastedcafe View Post

as far as I know any type of fare (except an award ticket) counts.
Thank you for the information.. IST here I go!
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Old Apr 9, 18, 5:38 am
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Do I use this form to request a match or is there something specific ? There's not a 'Status Match' option in their standard feedback/contact us form.

https://www4.thy.com/customercontact/index.tkf?lang=en
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Old Apr 9, 18, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Sisyphus1carus View Post
Do I use this form to request a match or is there something specific ? There's not a 'Status Match' option in their standard feedback/contact us form.

https://www4.thy.com/customercontact/index.tkf?lang=en
You need a copy of your actual card, mileage statement and a copy of your government issued ID
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Old Apr 10, 18, 5:04 pm
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Thanks but which form do I use or which subject options do I use at the link ? Its not clear at all.
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Old Apr 10, 18, 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Sisyphus1carus View Post
Thanks but which form do I use or which subject options do I use at the link ? Its not clear at all.
you have to use the link and load all the information using the link. I waited 7 days to get an answer

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Old Apr 10, 18, 5:48 pm
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cheers
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Old Apr 10, 18, 11:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Sisyphus1carus View Post
Thanks but which form do I use or which subject options do I use at the link ? Its not clear at all.


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Old Apr 11, 18, 3:23 am
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
Excellent post!
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Old Apr 11, 18, 4:26 am
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
This form can be found at https://www4.thy.com/customercontact/index.tkf?lang=en
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Old Apr 11, 18, 11:48 pm
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I hope someone can help me with this question: I have Gold status through Thai Airways (Star Alliance member) and I am flying on Turkish Airline economy class in 30 days from now, is there any chance for seat upgrade or at least exit row ...?

Thanks!
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Old Apr 12, 18, 2:24 am
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Update:
There were some questions earlier of whether tiers achieved using the regular criteria during a trial period would be honored. I have evidence to support that we can earn tiers per the regular mileage requirements during the trial period.

I failed to fly on any TK metal during my trial period. I ended up flying ~38k miles on other Star Alliance partners. My status has been downgraded to Classic Plus with a validity of 2 years and I'm showing that I'm only 2k miles away from achieving Elite again.

Some interesting learnings along the way: I earned 5k miles before the match. During the trial period, after flying 33k more miles, my dashboard showed only 33k status miles (38-5k) counting towards my next tier. That means that only miles after my upgraded/matched status were to count. Once the trial ended, however, all of the status miles are now counting towards attaining the next status level. Also nice to see that miles earned were immediately reflected at the end of the trial. Rather than losing all status, I immediately achieved Classic Plus status.
I've now received my monthly statement and it further confirms that the 12 month 40k target will apply now that I've rolled off the trial period. It also shows the full 38k miles applying to that period. I probably won't fly the needed 2k miles until June, and I'll confirm then if I end up with Elite.

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Old Apr 18, 18, 8:25 am
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Does anyone know how strict is TK on the 4-month deadline for maintaining the initial match? Had a match on 7th Feb, and I might be flying TK around 14th Jun... Is the deadline for taking the flight 7th of June, or end of June (which is the expiry date of the status)?
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