Royal Jordanian Oneworld Status Match Opportunity

Royal Jordanian Oneworld Status Match Opportunity

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Royal Jordanian, a oneworld member airline, has a lucrative status match opportunity, which could be a great way to get oneworld Sapphire benefits. I don’t want to bury the lede, though — this has geographic restrictions, and it’s not open to those in the United States.

Basics of Royal Jordanian’s status match promo

The website statusmatch.com is partnering with Royal Jordanian’s Royal Club program to offer a status match promotion. Royal Jordanian is a oneworld member, and this could be valuable even if you don’t typically fly with the airline. A few basics to be aware of, to start:

  • Royal Jordanian is matching to Silver Jay status (oneworld Ruby) at a cost of $49, or to Gold Sparrow status (oneworld Sapphire) at a cost of $149
  • The status match request should take just a minute to complete, though it can take up to five business days for the request to be approved
  • There’s no published end date for this promotion, though it can be pulled at any time
  • Matched status is valid for a period of 12 months from when the match is approved
  • This promotion is only valid for those who reside in the following countries (and you must have ID documents, like a passport or driver’s license): Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Netherlands, Oman, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, and UAE
Royal Jordanian has a status match promotion

Which airline status is Royal Jordanian matching?

According to the FAQs, Royal Jordanian is matching the following status:

  • Air Europa – SUMA
  • Air France – Flying Blue
  • EgyptAir – Plus
  • El Al – Matmid
  • Emirates – Skywards
  • Etihad – Guest
  • Gulf Air – Falcon Flyer
  • Kuwait Airways – Oasis Club
  • Lufthansa – Miles & More
  • Middle East Airlines – Cedar Miles
  • Oman Air – Sindbad
  • Saudia – Alfursan
  • Scandinavian Airlines – EuroBonus
  • TAP Air Portugal – Miles&Go
  • Turkish Airlines – Miles&Smiles
  • Virgin Atlantic – Flying Club

As you can see, this includes many non-oneworld airlines, in particular airlines in Europe and the Middle East, which are markets in which Royal Jordanian competes most. Unfortunately this opportunity is only available for elite members of the above programs, and not for members of other programs.

Royal Jordanian is matching status with all kinds of airlines

Why is this status match opportunity useful?

Obviously this promotion could be useful if you’re someone who has a lot of travel on Royal Jordanian coming up. Beyond that, though, the main reason to consider this promotion is because of the value of oneworld Sapphire status. This status offers perks like priority boarding, priority check-in, and extra baggage allowance, on all oneworld airlines.

If you have oneworld Sapphire status with a non-US frequent flyer program, you could even access American Admirals Clubs or American Flagship Lounges whenever traveling on a oneworld airline, even if you’re traveling domestically.

American AAdvantage and Alaska Mileage Plan elite members only get lounge access on select international itineraries, while oneworld Sapphire members with foreign airlines get lounge access even on entirely domestic itineraries. Getting access to American’s premium lounges even when traveling domestically is awesome.

However, admittedly this is of limited use with this offer, given that this deal isn’t available to those residing in the United States.

Access American Flagship Lounges with oneworld Sapphire

Bottom line

There’s a new status match promotion for Royal Jordanian Royal Club status, which can earn you oneworld Sapphire perks. There’s an application fee of up to $149, but that’s not a lot at all when you consider the potential value of this promotion.

If you’re a oneworld flyer and are eligible, I’d highly recommend taking advantage of this. The major catch, of course, is that there are residency requirements, so this isn’t open to those in the United States.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this oneworld status match opportunity?

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  1. Alp Guest

    I have purchased the gold sparrow statusmatch for 149$ and i got matched within a few hours. Im just waiting it to be updated on my RJ account. Im happy because these days im trying to fly as much qatar airways as possible and this statusmatch will help me to access the gold and platinum lounges.

    I have a question, how can I manage to still win QPoints and enter qatar gold lounges without putting my RJ number?

    1. Ben Holz Guest

      Hmm I wouldn't recommend to do this on a regular basis (as I'm not sure whether or not it'd violate certain ToS)... but what you could try is to insert your RJ number on the reservation and upon exiting the lounge (preferably at the gate, giving yourself some buffer time), ask the gate agent to change the FF number to your QR one. Not sure whether or not this would work, but even if it...

      Hmm I wouldn't recommend to do this on a regular basis (as I'm not sure whether or not it'd violate certain ToS)... but what you could try is to insert your RJ number on the reservation and upon exiting the lounge (preferably at the gate, giving yourself some buffer time), ask the gate agent to change the FF number to your QR one. Not sure whether or not this would work, but even if it does, I wouldn't try to do it repeatedly as QR/RJ could catch up to it and revoke any and every loyalty benefit.

    2. Samo Guest

      It's not against T&Cs in any way, so feel free do it. On most carriers (not sure about QR) you can change FFP number yourself in OLCI. The issue is that sometimes the flights credit to the originally entered programme anyway.

  2. Nick Las Guest

    Does anyone know if you can enter an Admirals Club by showing the status card, while having the ticket carry your AA number?

  3. Ben Holz Guest

    Does anybody know what documents they use to verify residence? I have an ID card, driver's license as well as a residence in one of the "valid" countries, but I moved recently to (and am registered in) a country that doesn't appear on the list :(

  4. Ly Guest

    https://rj.statusmatch.com/terms/ it includes Israel and leaves out Bahrain, https://rj.statusmatch.com/faq/ it includes Bahrain and leaves out Israel ( they are matching LY so...)

  5. ScottS Member

    I've still got an EU driving license from Germany, would that work? I would imagine my mailing address would likely have to be from there too?

  6. UncleRonnie Member

    "Residents of England".....sux for those in Wales, Scotland and NI :(

    1. RichM Diamond

      I notcied that too. I'm presuming it's just the usual misunderstanding of those outside the British Isles that England, Great Britain, and the UK are not interchangeable terms.

  7. Sel, D. Guest

    RIP to having flagship access flying domestic for a year from the same promotion a couple years back. Thanks for that one Lucky - was one of my favorites!

  8. Willmo Guest

    Gold Sparrow reminds me of Cayman Airways Sir Turtle Club

  9. Samo Guest

    The geographical limitations are quite idiotic. Not the mere fact that they limit the offer to some regions, that's perfectly normal, the problem is with the way they defined them. Apparently it's available for EU states (+ few third countries) that RJ flies to, which sounds reasonable at first until you realise that quite a few of those airports are serving neighbouring states as well. For example, I live 45 minutes from VIE and I'm...

    The geographical limitations are quite idiotic. Not the mere fact that they limit the offer to some regions, that's perfectly normal, the problem is with the way they defined them. Apparently it's available for EU states (+ few third countries) that RJ flies to, which sounds reasonable at first until you realise that quite a few of those airports are serving neighbouring states as well. For example, I live 45 minutes from VIE and I'm not eligible (while someone living 5 hours away who's never gonna fly RJ is) - and that's an airport which has catchment area covering 4 different member states, where Austrians make up maybe 50% of the originating pax (statistic RJ should have since they require an ID on all flights). Kinda weird.

    Also, if they match someone from Spain, surely they're gonna mostly use the status on IB and probably never fly RJ at all, so the whole logic is broken.

    Very weird choice. It's a bit as if an airline refused status match to NY residents because it only flies to EWR... Oh well, there goes the little chance I'd switch to oneworld :)

    1. Lakatoš Guest

      That is a downside of being from Slovakia.

    2. Samo Guest

      Or Czechia or Hungary ;) And the same applies to some other destinations on the list. I really struggle to see commercial logic behind this, unless we assume their team is so dumb, they don't know where they're flying to.

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UncleRonnie Member

"Residents of England".....sux for those in Wales, Scotland and NI :(

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Samo Guest

It's not against T&Cs in any way, so feel free do it. On most carriers (not sure about QR) you can change FFP number yourself in OLCI. The issue is that sometimes the flights credit to the originally entered programme anyway.

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Ben Holz Guest

Hmm I wouldn't recommend to do this on a regular basis (as I'm not sure whether or not it'd violate certain ToS)... but what you could try is to insert your RJ number on the reservation and upon exiting the lounge (preferably at the gate, giving yourself some buffer time), ask the gate agent to change the FF number to your QR one. Not sure whether or not this would work, but even if it does, I wouldn't try to do it repeatedly as QR/RJ could catch up to it and revoke any and every loyalty benefit.

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