TAP is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2020 and has relaunched a promotion to get new members to sign up for Miles&Go (and buy some miles or join their club).
New members who have signed up since January 1, 2020, can register for a status match that comes with a challenge (to open up your wallet).
You can access this offer on TAP’s website here.
Members that have signed up for Miles&Go can match status from the following programs:
Then comes the exciting part. For the match to be processed, Miles&Go members must either buy miles or sign up for their paid Club Miles&Go within 10 days of being notified. Not sure if the cheapest possible amount of miles purchased or CLub Miles&Go is eligible (nothing on the T&Cs).
The status is valid a minimum of 12 months and is extended (I would assume for 12 months) if following qualifying activity is achieved:
- Gold: 25,000 status miles + including 4 TAP flights
- Silver: 10,000 status miles + including 2 TAP flights
Gold status qualification & requalification requirements:
The Portuguese state is in the process of becoming majority-owner of the airline again (owned 50% previously) by providing loan guarantees/recapitalizing it. TAP has been one of the worst, if not the worst, airline refunding flights that have been canceled.
The government ensures that the airline will get through this pandemic. It remains to be seen, however, what their route network looks like in the coming years.
TAP has been launching new destinations (likely will never fly) and offers some exceptional fares with a caveat that the rules state that they don’t provide REFUNDS in any case but only provide CREDITS that is in direct violation of the European Union regulation EC 261/2004.
You can get an easy Star Alliance Gold status through this match, but it comes with caveats that you need to credit flights into the program and have a minimum of four flights yearly with them (first requalification year).
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer: