Once approved, your status will be valid for 6 months with the possibility to extend it if you successfully complete the TAP Challenge.
The challenge to maintain Gold for an extra year is 25,000 miles (normally it takes 70,000 miles), and if Silver is more your thing, only 10,000 miles are required. You will need to earn these miles before September 30, 2020. This means you could potentially secure 1.5 years of Star Alliance Silver or Gold.
Ok, what do I need to do
To be eligible for a status match, you will need to have the equivalent status with either OneWorld (Qantas and the likes) or Skyteam. If you’re trying to match another Star Alliance program: tough luck, you’re not eligible.
If you’re not a Tap Miles&Go member, you can register via this link and submit a picture of your current status tier for review.
If you’re already a Miles&Go member, you can send your current details together with proof of your equivalent status tier to [email protected]
The next step is to either buy miles for the Miles&Go program or joint Club Tap Miles&Go. The cheapest miles option is 70 Euro or around AU$120 for 8,000 miles.
The Club Miles&Go program is a yearly membership club which awards you status credits and miles on a monthly basis. This might only make sense if you’re serious about earning status and miles into TAP Miles&Go. Personally, I’m still analysing the viability of this membership program.
Bonus Miles When You Register
When you register for your free TAP Miles&Go account, enter promo code “Birthday01” to get an additional 200 miles.
What’s the TAP Miles&go Redemption Chart Like?
Unfortunately, the TAP Miles&Go Star Alliance redemption chart isn’t exactly exciting. A one-way business class flight from Australia/New Zealand would set you back 300,000 and around 155 euro in taxes.
However, there are some opportunities if you want to fly from Europe to the USA with TAP. A one-way business class flight would cost you only 100,000 with no taxes or 64,300 miles + US$279 in fees. TAP also runs frequent sales on miles redemptions for TAP operated flights, right now there’s a 25% discount on flights between the USA/Europe/Brazil and more. However, these discounts are usually reserved for travel in economy.
TAP Also offers a RTW (Round The World) redemption option for 350,000 Miles&Go miles in business class.
Is it worth it?
If you’re planning a trip to Europe in the next 6 months where Star Alliance reigns supreme, it could be worth matching your Qantas or Virgin (that is on the assumption that they accept Virgin Velocity Gold or Platinum) status just to take advantage of the fast track lanes and lounge access when flying intra European flights in economy.