Reader Question: Garuda Indonesia Status Match Request Form – Legitimate Campaign?

We received a Reader Question concerning a possible Status Match with Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles that is currently swirling around the internet.

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Status matches are always popular and for some alliances, such as SkyTeam, often difficult to come by due to lack of available campaigns.

Our reader Valentin sent us a message asking about the legitimacy of a current status request form he came across.

Hi,

through a blog post of the site TRAVEL DEALZ I learned of a status match offered by garudamiles.

Garuda does have the page on their website to request a match but it doesn’t look like an official promotion, more like a collection of different documents.

Since this requires me to send my passport to Garuda in Indonesia, can you tell if this is a scam?

Valentin

Well I checked out the post which the guys from TD published yesterday and they don’t have a direct link either, even though they say that there is more information on the Garuda Indonesia website.

The only thing I was able to find regarding this is their application form in the document center.

Download (PDF, 358KB)

The form is obviously legitimate but it appears that Garuda just dumped all documents they ever used into that section of their website so there is no way to see if this is in fact a current promotion.

I also checked reports on Status Matcher and there isn’t much, only one success report from this month (July 2019) of someone who claims that he matched from Lufthansa M&M to GarudaMiles Gold (not even Elite Plus).

Of course you can give it a try but considering the document requirements I can see why one might be concerned:

I don’t like sending my passport to non government entities, especially to a general email address. This should be taken into consideration if you give it a try.

Conclusion

In my opinion, this is an outdated promotion but that doesn’t mean Garuda won’t match you when this is sent in. Over the years, there have been plenty of obscure match campaigns where seemingly nothing happened and then months later out of the blue a card arrived in my mailbox (Aerolinas Argentinas and Etihad for example).

I will personally hold off here as I have matched to Delta Skymiles in spring and completed a challenge with them.