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 Nov 17, 18, 5:10 am
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: UK
Programs: BA Gold / Miles and Smiles Elite / Hilton Diamond / IHG Spire / SPG Gold
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New to Turkish ...little confused about Status Match

I have booked long haul J class flights on TK for next August and have joined Miles and Smile but have not applied my card number to any of the booked flights yet.

To begin with I wanted a family account as there are 4 of us and we fly premium leisure twice a year.

I asked TK for a family account but this was declined as no one has anything but classic membership. Disappointing but understandable. I then asked about status match and they will match me ( I have one world emerald via Gold with BAEC). The but family are BA silver (one world Sapphire) and apparently they will not not match to that. We have all held silver / Gold status for more than a decade.

There was no mention in the reply of any challenge or requirement to book a flight.


Questions

1. Is there always a challenge/ requirement to book and fly? I have anticipated there will be by booking but not attaching my M&S number.
2. Do they ever offer matches to Silver? The family are all over 1000 tier points per annum but just never enough for gold.
3. If I have status, can all the family be in the family account despite not having status.

Any other advice that can be offered would be appreciated. TK look like a very positive force in the airline world and I am keen to try them out. Without all the family having status it will be difficult to maintain loyalty.

Thank you
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Old Nov 17, 18, 6:47 pm
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Originally Posted by binman View Post
I have booked long haul J class flights on TK for next August and have joined Miles and Smile but have not applied my card number to any of the booked flights yet.

To begin with I wanted a family account as there are 4 of us and we fly premium leisure twice a year.

I asked TK for a family account but this was declined as no one has anything but classic membership. Disappointing but understandable. I then asked about status match and they will match me ( I have one world emerald via Gold with BAEC). The but family are BA silver (one world Sapphire) and apparently they will not not match to that. We have all held silver / Gold status for more than a decade.

There was no mention in the reply of any challenge or requirement to book a flight.


Questions

1. Is there always a challenge/ requirement to book and fly? I have anticipated there will be by booking but not attaching my M&S number.
2. Do they ever offer matches to Silver? The family are all over 1000 tier points per annum but just never enough for gold.
3. If I have status, can all the family be in the family account despite not having status.

Any other advice that can be offered would be appreciated. TK look like a very positive force in the airline world and I am keen to try them out. Without all the family having status it will be difficult to maintain loyalty.

Thank you
1. Yes
2.No
3.Yes
Get a match, make a family account,fly required 15k with TK. For family account TK asks a copy of marriage certificate to add a wife. Not fast process.
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Old Nov 17, 18, 10:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaenks View Post
For family account TK asks a copy of marriage certificate to add a wife. Not fast process.
Could easily have been an oddity, but my family account got set up a few hours after I sent in the documentation as requested.
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Old Nov 20, 18, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by Jaenks View Post
1. Yes
2.No
3.Yes
Get a match, make a family account,fly required 15k with TK. For family account TK asks a copy of marriage certificate to add a wife. Not fast process.

Thank you for the information.

In your experience what would the challenge look like? Is it travel pattern dependent?

Cheers
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Old Nov 20, 18, 2:36 pm
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Originally Posted by binman View Post
Thank you for the information.

In your experience what would the challenge look like? Is it travel pattern dependent?

Cheers
Never did one but to be a safe, fly one segment with TK in four months after approval and then 15k miles with TK during the first membership year to get the additional year. Terms and conditions will be written in status match approval email.
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Old Nov 26, 18, 5:22 am
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Reach Elite Plus after Status Match to Elite

Good morning FT,

After doing a lot of research, I still havenít found the information Iím looking for.

I am currently AA EP/OW E. If I status match to TK Elite, will it OVERRIDE the 15k req within 4 months flying intl TK metal IF I reach 80K on TK/*A within the FIRST year? Will it get upgraded to E+? If one wonders why would I bother doing status match if I could just earn E+ in a hard way, it is because of the earning rate as an elite.

If thatís not the case, does that mean I can ONLY earn E+ after earning 80K elite miles on the SECOND year of elite? Does anyone has any experience and can confirm?

I just donít wanna waste flying 15k + 80k within two year period. Might as well just do 80k the first year without a match.

Thank you!!!
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Old Nov 26, 18, 10:36 am
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If you fulfill the 15k TK miles, then you have a full year from match date to fly the 80k (including the initial 15k).
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Old Nov 27, 18, 5:48 am
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If you fulfill the 15k TK miles, then you have a full year from match date to fly the 80k (including the initial 15k).
Thank you so much!

Follow up questions:

1. Does it matter if within the first 4 months I fly one intl TK flight AND other *A carriers? Will status miles earned from *A carriers (in addition to TK flight) within the first 4 months count towards the first year of 80k E+ qualification?

2. I also noticed the T&C says during the trial elite status, the first TK flight(s?) in Business will earn 50% miles. Meaning as an elite we get 160% in K fare, so we will get 160% + 50% = 210% total?

3. Last question. From my understanding, TK elite membership is based on the membership year (just like credit card membership) as opposed to calendar year (Jan 1-Dec 31), correct?

Thank you again! Really appreciate your feedback!
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Old Dec 8, 18, 8:42 am
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Join Date: Dec 2018
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Status Match from Emirates

Hi everyone,

Is there a workaround for matching Emirates gold to TK Elite?

Emirates no longer issues physical cards which are required by TK for the status match. Any thoughts or recent experiences would be appreciated.

Happy Holidays!
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Old Dec 8, 18, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by A380 9K View Post
Hi everyone,

Is there a workaround for matching Emirates gold to TK Elite?

Emirates no longer issues physical cards which are required by TK for the status match. Any thoughts or recent experiences would be appreciated.

Happy Holidays!
A screenshot of the Emirates virtual gold card, passport , travel history (FF statement) on EK showing far expiration of gold and a request message got me matched.
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Old Dec 8, 18, 12:56 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2018
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Originally Posted by ElJudioErrante View Post
A screenshot of the Emirates virtual gold card, passport , travel history (FF statement) on EK showing far expiration of gold and a request message got me matched.
Thanks a lot! I will give it a try once my tier is upgraded to gold again. I will be sure to report back so that other members can benefit.
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Old Dec 13, 18, 5:55 am
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I am thinking about a status match transferring to TK. Do you have any experience whether TK checks the status with the old airline? For example to see whether the old status was matched as well or properly earned?
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Old Dec 13, 18, 6:00 am
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I think to remember that you have to send a copy of the card and the last statement so they see ur activity...
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Old Dec 17, 18, 12:25 pm
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Hi Everyone!

I got Elite status since 10/09/2018. After flying at least 1 TK International flight + earning 19K status miles, my expiry date of Elite status is still remain unchanged (i.e. 10/02/2019). I have sent enquiry email to TK but they don't respond over 1 week. Anything happened? Just because their M&S website is undergoing maintainess ? Thanks!!
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Old Dec 17, 18, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by nocom View Post
Hi Everyone!

I got Elite status since 10/09/2018. After flying at least 1 TK International flight + earning 19K status miles, my expiry date of Elite status is still remain unchanged (i.e. 10/02/2019). I have sent enquiry email to TK but they don't respond over 1 week. Anything happened? Just because their M&S website is undergoing maintainess ? Thanks!!
At the end of the trial period ...if you have requalified then the expiry date will then be extended.
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