Fancy perks like priority check-in, a boosted baggage allowance and free airport lounge access across the Star Alliance network including with Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United and more?
Any Gold or Platinum-level frequent flyer card with practically any airline – including Qantas and Virgin Australia – will see you ‘matched’ to Star Alliance Gold status with the alliance’s newest member Avianca Brazil, but you’ll need to act fast as this deal is only open for a short time.
For the uninitiated, ‘status matching’ allows you to parlay one frequent flyer card to receive another yet without meeting the normal flying requirements, such as using Qantas Gold to net Star Alliance Gold via Avianca Brazil.
Importantly, you get to keep your original frequent flyer status while also gaining access to the perks and privileges of Star Alliance Gold: yours to enjoy until March 31 2017.
Star Alliance Gold status match: what you’ll need
First up, you’ll require what Avianca Brazil terms a ‘first category’ frequent flyer card such as Qantas Platinum/Platinum One (Oneworld Emerald) or Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum, or a ‘second category’ card like Qantas Gold (Oneworld Sapphire) or Velocity Gold.
Although Qantas Gold is technically in third place behind both Platinum One and Platinum, we experienced no issues in using one as part of our status match request, with Avianca Brazil recognising both Platinum and Platinum One as ‘first category’ owing to their joint Oneworld Emerald status.
Next, you’ll need to register for Avianca Brazil’s Amigo frequent flyer program via the airline’s website to receive an ‘Amigo number’, or in simple terms, your Avianca Brazil frequent flyer number.
(Avianca LifeMiles members, take note that Avianca Brazil is a different airline to Avianca with a separate frequent flyer program, which you’ll need to join to take advantage of this status match offer.)
The registration form initially demands a ‘CPF’ – Brazil’s version of a tax file number or social security code – but when selecting ‘Australia’ as your nationality from the drop down box, this field becomes optional.
On completing your registration, make a note of your Amigo membership number as you’ll need it shortly and might not immediately receive it again via your welcome email.
Star Alliance Gold status match: how to apply
Using the same email address you signed up with, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Solicitação para alteração de categoria de cartão Programa AMIGO” and your details as follows, or simply click here to pre-fill your default email program with the same.
Preencha as informações abaixo, e lembre-se de anexar a imagem do seu cartão mais alto de outra companhia aérea.
Nome completo: (Enter your full name here to match your Amigo profile)
Número AMIGO: (Your Amigo membership number here)
Avianca Brazil is accepting status match requests only until November 30 2015, and all applications must also be accompanied by a clear photograph of your highest-level frequent flyer card for verification purposes.
Although our initial status match request went unanswered, we submitted a follow-up email and five business days later received a reply in Portuguese to advise our match had been approved, and that our new frequent flyer card was immediately available via the Avianca Brazil website:
We’d expect a physical membership card to eventually arrive via snail mail, but printing the temporary card (or even taking a screenshot on your smartphone) allows you to begin enjoying the benefits of your Star Alliance Gold frequent flyer status across the global Star Alliance network.
In Australian skies, that includes with Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA (from December), Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Thai Airways and United, while further abroad, there’s also Lufthansa, SAS, SWISS and Turkish Airlines.
Filling out the Star Alliance roster: Adria, Aegean, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, TAP Portugal and of course, Avianca Brazil, all of which will recognise your new Star Alliance Gold status.
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