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Southwest Status Match Challenge

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Southwest has announced a status match challenge, where you will receive A-List status for 90 days, in which time you need to complete 3 roundtrips or 6 one-way trips with Southwest to extend your status for 12 months.

Southwest Status Match Challenge
Southwest Status Match Challenge

Key Terms

Taking advantage of the promotion is relatively straightforward, you just need to do the following:

  • Sign up for Rapid Rewards if you are not already a member
  • Submit a screenshot of your Elite status with another US based carrier, along with your first and last names, and your Rapid Rewards number
  • Allow 12 days to receive your A-List status
  • You will not receive an A-List card during the first 90 days, but will receive A-List benefits on Southwest flights.
  • To extend your status for a further 12 months, you need to complete 3 roundtrips or 6 one-way segments with Southwest

Our Take

If you fly Southwest regularly but not quite enough to reach A-List status, or have some upcoming flights with Southwest, then this promotion comes around just in time. Picking up Elite status for travel you already planned would be a sweet bonus. Also, if your travel plans allow you to switch over to Southwest, and you can hit the threshold for extending your status for 12 months, you might want to think about taking part in this status match challenge.


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  • Has anyone tried to do this from a European based operator? Did it work?

  • Interesting. Does Southwest usually have this? I don’t normally hear about status match with them.
    They do have perks but nothing too tempting. I can see why to have it if you fly them though. Is it once in a lifetime type of thing?

  • Interesting to know if some airline do the status match with Soutwest Rapid Rewards.

  • Given that WN already has free bags and doesn’t have a business class, I don’t see many real perks with elite status. A B boarding group generally gets good seats, which you can get checking in 24 hours before your flight.

  • Boarding in the front A group makes WN flights so much more enjoyable.

  • all the more reason to get on the south west train!!!

  • Always nice to have a status match or challenge and for those who like Southwest, it’s a no brainer. Their cancellation policy is the best but I just can’t get over the cattle call seating. (Though I guess A list would mitigate that).