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Qatar Airways status match success

Qatar Airways has dished out its complimentary one-year status to KrisFlyer members and others. How does it look?

QRPC Cards 2 (Qatar Airways)

Around three weeks ago, thanks to a heads-up from Australian Frequent Flyer, we revealed that Qatar Airways was offering a rare status match into its Privilege Club for frequent flyers of six airlines including SIA. With many of our readers already holding Elite Gold, PPS Club or Solitaire PPS status in the KrisFlyer programme, this was a great opportunity to pick up a year’s oneworld elite status.

From Sunday evening Qatar Airways started to email members about their successful status matches into the programme, with new Privilege Club membership tiers now valid until June 2021.

QR Status Match
(Image: Qatar Airways)

Status match emails were still coming through yesterday afternoon, though it seems almost everyone has now been informed.


The deal

Initially the offer was rolled out to frequent flyers with the following airlines:

  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad Guest
  • Turkish Miles&Smiles
  • South African Airways Voyager
  • Virgin Australia Velocity

Later Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and Virgin Australia were removed from the list, however all except Virgin Australia made it back onto a (regularly) extended offer (thanks to Head for Points for noticing it had returned).

Eventually the final applications were accepted on the morning of 28th May 2020 Singapore Time.

How did Qatar match your status?

Mainly Miles readers have been reporting to us the following status matches from the KrisFlyer / PPS Club programme into Privilege Club:

KF Card QRPC Card oneworld
Elite Silver Silver !OWR
Elite Gold Gold !OWS
PPS Club Gold !OWS
Platinum !OWE
Solitaire PPS Platinum !OWE

It’s not clear how Qatar Airways decided which PPS Club members would be matched to Gold membership (oneworld Sapphire) and which would be matched to Platinum (oneworld Emerald), though it seems that having some recent flying activity on your statement may have helped some gain the higher tier.

Readers using other valid frequent flyer programmes under the promotion also reported the following matches to us:

EY Guest Card

  • Etihad Gold ➔ Gold
  • Etihad Platinum ➔ Platinum

EK Card

  • Emirates Silver ➔ Silver
  • Emirates Gold ➔ Gold
  • Emirates Platinum ➔ Platinum

TK Card

  • Turkish Elite ➔ Gold
  • Turkish Elite Plus ➔ Platinum

VA Card

  • Velocity Gold ➔ Gold
  • Velocity Platinum ➔ Platinum

We haven’t heard from anyone who tried a status match from South African Airways. If you have any more data points from the above schemes do feel free to share them in the comments section.


Singapore lounge access

Now that you’ve hopefully got your Gold or Platinum status with Qatar, here’s how you can use it to your advantage to access a range of lounges at Changi before departing on on a oneworld flight.

This assumes a ‘return to normal’ with all oneworld lounges reopened and airlines back in their original locations at Changi (e.g. Cathay Pacific back at T4).

Access is based on flying Economy Class on a oneworld operated and marketed flight (e.g. Malaysia Airlines Singapore to Kuala Lumpur under MH flight code).

Lounge QRPC Card
Gold Platinum
Entrance SignQantas Business
T1_ Tick Tick
Dining BarQantas First
T1_ Cross<