Take a Gold or Platinum frequent flyer card from one airline and, like a magician's trick, a 'status match' deal will make a matching shiny card from another airline appear in your wallet or purse.
If you've chosen your status match partner wisely, that new card will unlock prized perks such as lounge access, priority check-in and higher checked baggage allowance with not just one other airline but dozens of them via the Star Alliance, Oneworld and SkyTeam groups of airlines.
Here are three current status match deals – one for each of those alliances – so if you play your cards right, you'll quickly be a VIP traveller on most of the world's leading airlines.
The airline: German's Airberlin and its Topbonus frequent flyer scheme
The alliance: Airberlin is a member of Oneworld which also includes Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and many more.
The status match: Airberlin is now offering Silver or Gold status – which corresponds to Qantas Silver or Gold, which in turn equals Ruby and Sapphire on Oneworld member airlines – although Gold is the one to get, here as Silver doesn’t include lounge access.
What you need: To qualify for this status match you must hold Silver or Gold frequent flyer status (or higher) with an airline outside the Oneworld alliance.
That leaves Qantas off the list but opens it up to the likes of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold or PPS Club, Emirates Skywards Gold or Platinum, and many others.
Qantas and Virgin Australia frequent flyer cards have no weight here: the former due to the airline’s Oneworld membership, the latter due to its existing partnership with Airberlin.
(However, we've heard reports that Etihad Guest Gold and Platinum members have been successful in securing a status match, despite Etihad's partnership with, and financial stake in, Airberlin.)
Why you’d want it: In addition to instant Gold status with all Oneworld airlines, Airberlin Topbonus also gives you similar Gold-grade perks with Virgin Australia. That's unique among the airline world and makes this a great card for Aussie frequent flyers to tuck away.
How it’s done: If you’re not already a Topbonus member, join for free on the Airberlin website, then send an email to with your Topbonus membership number and a scan, photo or copy of your current Silver, Gold or Platinum frequent flyer card.
Read more: Free Airberlin Topbonus Gold status match
Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles
The airline: Turkish Airlines and its Miles and Smiles frequent flyer scheme
The alliance: Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance Gold which includes Singapore Airlines, United, Thai Airways, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa and Air China.
The status match: Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles ‘Elite’ status is equivalent to Star Alliance Gold status.
You might also like:
Herpa Wings Air Berlin A330-200 Model Airplane
LAPE - Lineas Aereas Postales Españolas No. 1, 32x48-inch Canvas Giclée, Gallery Wrap, Office Size
Berlin X2 Turbo Protein Skimmer
Pet Products (Red Sea)
LAPE - Lineas Aereas Postales Españolas No. 1, 12x18-inch Paper Giclée