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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.

Adding this Step-by-Step guide with screenshots to TK 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 7, 17, 3:49 am #271

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Barcelona, London, on a plane
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Originally Posted by CoweyB View Post

This is exactly the issue. I went back to them to point out that I had over 25K in the first year so why hadnít I requalified as Elite?

As you can see from the message from them which I posted, the first year doesnít count for requalifying purposes so you have to get all the 37,500 points in year 2.

The initial status match challenge emails just donít make that clear at all but there we are...
OK. Now I think I see it. Your Year 1 was actually calendar year 2016 because of how you timed your match. Thanks for clarifying.

This is ultimately ridiculous. Starting from nothing, you'd need 40K in any 12-month period. With a status match, you need 37.5K within a very specific 12-month period. (and 52.5K over 2 years with the first 15K on TK).

Apart from a tiny bump on some J fares, Elite doesn't get you more miles. It does get you lounge access but I pity those trying to do 37.5K miles in Y, especially when so many TK fare buckets earn 25/50%.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 12:39 pm #272

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So yea I got the same reply from customer service, they want 37.5k miles in the second year in case of status match and not over the 2 years of the match.

Time to switch to UA.
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Old Nov 9, 17, 2:23 am #273

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That definitely sounds completely unfair to me.
But there were reports here that if you can do 40K during the first status match year you'll get normal (and not matched) elite status. And the counter for status confirmation on the new TK site rather confirms this version. But can anyone confirm that this actually happens? Also does that mean that once this threshold is reached, the clock will restart with 2 years of elite from that moment?

I'm asking since I'm in the first year now and I'm already at 35K (including 15K on Turkish metal) and I still have time till March. So it won't be any problem to get that extra 5K. But if this won't help I think I better start crediting to smth like A3 from now on...
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