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China Southern is currently offering a status match. China Southern is a member of SkyTeam, so Elite status would give you benefits across the whole Alliance. This is great news since the Alliance has some great carriers including Delta, KLM, Air France, and Korean Air. Depending on your status you can enjoy various benefits from Lounge access to Priority Boarding.
China Southern Elite Levels
China Southern’s frequent flyer program, the Skypearl Club, has three membership levels: Skypearl Basic, Skypearl Silver, and Skypearl Gold.
The levels equate to the following SkyTeam levels:
|China Southern||SkyPearl Basic||SkyPearl Silver||SkyPearl Gold|
|SkyTeam||N/A||SkyTeam Elite||SkyTeam Elite Plus|
Sky Pearl Gold is the top status and comes with a host of benefits across the Alliance.
How to Status Match
Before you begin the process of status matching with China Southern Sky Pearl, you need to figure out what status you will be eligible to receive. The following are the various equivalencies:
|Sky Pearl Silver||Sky Pearl Gold|
|Any Star Alliance Silver (e.g. United Premier Silver etc.)||Any Star Alliance Gold (e.g. EGYPTAIR Plus Gold, United Premier Gold and above, etc.)|
|Any Oneworld Ruby (e.g. BA bronze, AA Gold etc.)||Any Oneworld Sapphire/Emerald (e.g. BA Gold/Silver, AA Platinum/Pro/Executive Platinum, etc.)|
To status match you will have to contact China Southern directly via email at email@example.com, they will email you an application form, which you need to fill out and email back with your credentials. Including your latest statement, and an image of your card, which can be a virtual card or a physical one. Once you have supplied all the necessary information, you should receive an email from China Southern informing you that they will get back to you in 3-5 days with a decision. If you are successful then expect to receive your card within a month.
A Word of Caution
Currently, China Southern states that this status match offer is designed for “invited customers”, so whether China Southern will blanket match statuses is unknown, but be prepared for them to scrutinize your travel patterns and look to see if it is beneficial for them to status match you.
It is always great when a status match is on, leveraging one Elite status to gain another is always a bonus. Even though China Southern states this is for invited customers, it is well worth your while taking the few minutes needed to sign up for the status match, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. However, I would register quickly since there is no end date for this promotion and it is possible that China Southern could pull the promotion, especially if they get an avalanche of applications.
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