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.
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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
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.
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.
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?