Skyteam Status Match with China Southern

I’m a huge fan of status matches and challenges, because you get a taste of the benefits members enjoy without putting in all the nights or flights to qualify. In the past few years, I’ve been lucky to try out many top-tier statuses on airlines and hotels. One of my favourite is Hyatt Globalist, which I obtained from a challenge a few years ago.

Park Hyatt Vienna - Ambassador Suite

Park Hyatt Vienna – Ambassador Suite

SkyTeam Status Match – China Southern

Currently, there is a free SkyTeam status match available with China Southern. You can match to Sky Pearl Gold and Silver, which translates to SkyTeam Elite Plus and Elite status.

Skyteam Status Match - China Southern

SkyTeam Status Match – China Southern

You’ll need a platinum or gold tier equivalent to get CS Pearl Gold (SkyTeam Elite Plus). Eligible statuses include:

  • Oneworld Emerald/Sapphire: AA Platinum/Pro/Executive Platinum, BA Silver/Gold, etc.
  • Star Alliance Gold: Air Canada 50k/75k/100k, United Gold/Platinum/1K , etc.

For CS Pearl Silver (SkyTeam Elite), you’ll need a silver-tier status or equivalent:

  • Oneworld Ruby: AA Gold, BA Bronze, etc.
  • Star Alliance Silver: Air Canada 25k, United Silver, etc.

Theoretically, you could also match from other SkyTeam statuses, but the additional benefits will be redundant.

China Southern Status Match Process

You need to first sign up for China Southern’s frequent flyer program. They have an Status Match Excel form you can fill out with your information. Once you do, send that to along with a copy of your elite status card (virtual or physical), as well as a past program statement with recent activity.

While I don’t think I’ll be flying China Southern anytime soon, SkyTeam Elite Plus status is quite useful if you’re flying on Delta, Air France/KLM, or other partner airlines. You get lounge access, extra free bags, and other priority services like check-in, boarding, and security.

Skyteam Elite Plus Benefits - Skypriority

Skyteam Elite Plus Benefits – Skypriority

After submitting the info, you’ll get an email like this:

Dear Valued Customers,
Your email is well received. Thanks for getting in touch with China Southern Airlines North America marketing dept. We’ll get back to you in 3-5 business days.

Special notice: Overseas Elite membership status match program is designed for invited customers. We understand you may get the info from families, colleagues or friends, but limited by the quality control we’ll serve our invited customers at the first priority. If you are not in our current list please allow us a little longer time for process. We’ll try our best to serve you as soon as possible.

If your application is valid, you should receive the new status within a month. There’s also no published end date, which means China Southern could remove this any time. I currently don’t have any SkyTeam status, so I’ve just sent in my application. We’ll see what happens soon.

HT: Australian Business Traveller

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  1. I was trying to do this yesterday. The problem I had was not with the status match, but instead with just signing up for China Southern’s Pearl rewards program. Apparently you can’t have a US or Canadian number to join. Anyone have a work around for this?

  2. Signed up but chance for a match not looking good. 🙁
    This promotion is not valid unless you are invited.

    I’ve just got an auto reply:
    ========================================================================= Today at 4:24 AM
    Message body
    Thank you for reaching China Southern Airlines North America Regional Marketing Department, we will reply to you in 3-5 business days.

    Special Note:
    The “Elite Member Matches” project is specifically sent to members who have been pre-qualified. It’s not a public program. We noticed many irresponsible distribution and malicious reproduction of the project, as well as too much forged, altered application materials, China Southern Airlines North America will suspend the application of non-invited members.

    If you are informed by our account manager, please include the name of the invitee or CC your account manager.

    Thank you for your understanding and support.
    Southern China North America Marketing Department
    German Lufthansa has a match promo but you need a valid intercontinental RT reservation to/from selected destinations to get automatic Star Alliance Gold status. The promo is only available in italian. Must have an Elite status valid other than Star Alliance. More info at

    I hope these help. Good luck!


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