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Kenya Airways’ Asante Rewards Loyalty Program Offering Status Match

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Kenya Airways, a member of the SkyTeam alliance, is offering status matches for customers from other airlines to become members of the Kenya Airways Asante Rewards program, as first noted by Travel Dealz. There is no time limit announced on this promotion, so if you’re interested in matching, you’ll want to act quickly.

What Is a Status Match?

A status match is where one airline (or hotel, or other travel provider) offers to match the status of a competing airline. Often, if you’re top-tier on one airline, the other airline will give you matching top-tier status. This is done to encourage you to switch your business and experience some of the perks that the new status offers.

In the case of Kenya Airways, the Asante Rewards program is actually very new, so it is clear that Kenya Airways is trying to create buzz around the new program. Consumers can use a foreign airline’s frequent flyer program, even when flying other airlines or being located in another country, so matching to a Kenya Airways status as a U.S. flyer still has some benefits.

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How To Match Your Status to Asante Rewards

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In order to match to Kenya Airways status, you first need to register in the Asante Rewards program. Once you’re done that, you will need to email asante@kenya-airways.com with your name, Asante information, a screenshot or image of your status on another airline, as well as a reason you’d like to match. Kenya Airways will then get back to you within a few days regarding your match.

Asante Rewards has 4 tiers: Ruby, Silver (SkyTeam Elite), Gold (SkyTeam Elite Plus), and Platinum (SkyTeam Elite Plus). The airline hasn’t officially published a list of what airline status levels it will accept or what it will match you to (outside of Air France-KLM Flying Blue), but generally low tier gets matched to low tier, mid-tier to mid-tier, and high tier to high tier. Because there isn’t a published list, your status match request may be denied. There’s also no timeline for this offer and it can be pulled at any time.

Some of the most valuable benefits of status with SkyTeam include lounge access and complimentary checked bags. You can put your Kenya Airways number on a partner airline flight booking and receive those benefits.

Final Thoughts

Matching to Kenya Airways Asante Rewards could provide you with a lot of benefits if you’re a SkyTeam flyer, such as lounge access and checked bags. Be sure to match your status to Asante Rewards today if you’re interested in taking advantage of these perks on a SkyTeam flight.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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