These status match offers from number of airlines come and go yearly. Last year, I took advantage of status match offers from Alaska, Etihad and SAS. They can come handy for extra miles, lounge access, and for matching with other airlines.
Now, Air France-KLM has a status match campaign for Flying Blue Gold status from any alliance. Airlines don’t normally match within an alliance, but this would indicate matching from other SkyTeam airlines as well.
This offer is valid until May 30, 2013. There are separate offers for Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It is unclear if your account address on file with the Flying Blue needs to be in one of the listed countries.
I currently have SkyTeam Elite Plus status via Delta’s SkyMiles until 2014. I am not sure, how my qualification will change now that Delta lowered the number of Medallion Qualifying Miles one earns on partner airlines and having status via other SkyTeam airline could come handy as well. Flying Blue elite members also have earlier access to their promotional awards.
So, I decided to take advantage this offer and match to my SAS Eurobonus Gold status. I just opened a new Flying Blue account for Finland and uploaded a copy of my Eurobonus card that shows the valid Gold status until June, 2014. Immediately after uploading the card, you will be shown a screen that confirms the Flying Blue Gold status.
When you log out from your account and log back in, the status is the base Ivory one. It does make sense for Flying Blue to at least have a look at the photo of the cards that people have uploaded.
It can make sense to take advantage of these status match offers even if you are not sure whether you will fly the airline as you can often match from one program to another.
LoyaltyLobby reader alerted me about this offer and it has been covered in FlyerTalk as well.
Here are the terms and conditions listed for this offer:
Flying Blue offer is valid until 30 May, 2013. Flying Blue programme rules apply. To review the rules, please visit airfrance.no or klm.no. Preferred seating subject to limited availability and will not be available on all flights. Partner airline benefits subject to change and subject to the terms and conditions of each partner. Offers void where prohibited by law. Offers and rules are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.