Qatar Airways has launched a rare status match promotion for frequent flyers of other airlines, but there’s not long left to apply.

Final days of the Privilege Club status match promotion

For this promotion, oneworld member Qatar Airways is specifically targeting frequent flyers with certain Star Alliance member airlines, as well as some non-aligned airlines.

The current status match offer is available for top tier members of Etihad Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, and Turkish Airlines.

Those frequent flyers can apply to receive an equivalent tier status with Qatar Airways Privilege Club, though you must do so before 11.59 PM British Summer Time on May 27 2020 (5.29 AM Indian Standard Time on May 28).

If you can achieve Sapphire or Emerald status with Qatar, oneworld’s network of global lounges is open to you (among other benefits)…

Qantas first class lounge, Sydney

How to apply?

The first thing to do is join Qatar Airways Privilege Club by visiting qmiles.com.

You’ll then need to email your last two months’ frequent flyer statements and a copy of your membership card from one of the airlines mentioned above, along with your Privilege Club membership number, to statusmatch@qmiles.com, with the subject line “Privilege Club Status Match”.

Qatar says frequent flyer statements submitted must contain the statement month, your membership number, your name, and tier, and these should be clearly visible.

The airline adds that your existing tier status will be matched to a corresponding Privilege Club tier (with Qatar retaining the right to decide on the corresponding tier).

Your Privilege Club will be upgraded within 20 days if you’re eligible.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan business class lounge dining, Doha

How can I retain my new status?

Your new status with Qatar Airways will last for 12 months, and you can earn a reduced number of Qpoints to hold on to it for another year, as below.

As you can see, you’ll only need to earn half as many Qpoints as you would usually need to in the 12 month period:

More information on the promotion, and the benefits of each Privilege Club membership tier, can be found on the Qatar Airways website.

Summing up

Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club doesn’t have the best reputation (mostly due to an unpopular devaluation and patchy customer service), but you may as well take advantage of this promotion if you already hold status with one of the airlines Qatar is targeting here.

At the very least, you’ll get access to oneworld’s fantastic lounges around the world for the next 12 months, even if you don’t intend to renew your new Qatar Airways membership.

Anyone plan to apply for a status match to join the Privilege Club?