Status Match available on Air India Flying Returns

SBI credit cards started to issue Air India co-branded credit cards last year, and they are maybe one of the best airline credit cards out there from an Indian perspective. Take an example, if you get the Signature version of the card, you get:

  • 20,000 Air India miles to start-up on payment of first year annual fees
  • 1 Air India upgrade voucher on sign-up
  • 20,000 Air India miles bonus on spending INR 3 lakhs in the year
  • 20,000 Air India miles bonus and Air India Silver Club status on spending INR 5 lakhs in the year
  • 50,000 Air India miles bonus and Air India Gold Club status on spending INR 10 lakhs in the year

Air India / SBI Cards seems to have recently added one more benefit for customers with the Signature Air India card. This one is a straight up status match if you have status with some other airlines.

The status match is applicable on Jet Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Etihad, Qatar, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways and American Airlines as per this chart . Essentially these are airlines whose hubs Air India flies to and see’s major competition for business.


Once you’ve logged into your account, you’ll see instructions for getting a status match on the sidebar.


The instructions are very simple. You have to send your status card scan, along with a statement of activities for the past one month and your Air India membership number. Of course, since SBI Card is facilitating this status match, you are not going to be able to get status matched before having an Air India Signature credit card.


There is also information out there which states that tier-upgrades depend on acceptance of Air India. So, if you are an Air India Signature card holder, maybe you want to look into this status while Air India gets ready to join the Star Alliance. Report back your experiences here.

(H.T. : Parag Mehta)

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  1. I am a frequent flier ( no. 1031634360) with Air india.

    I have not received my present Tier status .

    Kindly intimate my tier status urgently, thankyou

  2. Hi AJ,

    I got my AI- SBI card. While filling up the application form, I had mentioned my existing Flying Returns number in Bold letters. However upon the receipt of the card I realized that they created a new Frequent Flyer number for me. What is the way out ?

  3. Ajay thanks for the update. Once you get an upgrade to say from XX Airlines Gold to AI FR Golden Edge, is there any time period for the validity or its valid as long as you hold the SBI AI Signature Card?

  4. I was able to do a status match to AI Silver from Qatar Burgundy. Took some 25 days for the match. Received the *A kit.

  5. Dear AJ,

    Due to devaluation of Citibank PM card , Iam planning to apply for SBI Signature Card. Can you confirm if the status Match offer is still available?


    • @Varun do you have the signature card? I saw it a few days back. You can just send an email as per the detailed shared here as well

  6. AJ can you confirm how to get the upgrade voucher on card sign up? I got the signature version last month but didn’t receive the upgrade voucher. The customer service team is clueless.

  7. According to the SBI application page for the Signature AI card, you can get the Golden Edge status by spending 10 lakhs on the card in 1 year as well.

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