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The JetBlue and SPG status match promotions have ended, however, Delta's status match promotion is still available.
Taking advantage of status matches currently on the table could yield thousands of dollars additional value for minimum upfront effort. And when combined with award flights and stays earned via credit card signups and everyday spend, provide a perfect base for successful award travel and a host of new experiences.
We wanted to include a status match from China Southern Sky Pearl Club as it provided a great match to SkyTeam Elite or Elite Plus, but China Southern’s US marketing department got spooked by too many applicants and shut the opportunity down, going so far as to remove promo posts from Facebook and wipe the details from its website.
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”
The match was initially confirmed on AusBT.com.au and LoyaltyLobby.com, but the above comment on AusBT’s website confirms China Southern are restricting applicants to corporate and invited customers. You can still try your luck getting a match, but this just goes to show that status matches are often time sensitive and you need to jump on board while the opportunity is open.
JetBlue TrueBlue Status Match and Status Challenge 2017
Running through August 14, 2017, JetBlue’s annual Mosaic promo offers flyers the chance to either match status from another airline or to take on a status challenge which produces Mosaic status through till the end of 2018. The status match is available to the following airlines and elite status tiers:
- Virgin America – Elevate Silver or Gold
- Alaska Airlines – Mileage Plan MVP Gold or MVP Gold 75k
- American Airlines – AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro, or Executive Platinum
- Delta – SkyMiles Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond Medallion
- Southwest Airlines — Rapid Rewards A-List Preferred or Companion Pass
- United — MileagePlus Premier Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Premier 1K
The status challenge is for those without status on another airline, and involves collecting a minimum 3,750 base TrueBlue points within 90 days of signing up for the promo (must sign up before August 14, 2017). TrueBlue members earn 3 points per dollar (excluding taxes & fees), so you’re effectively buying Mosaic status for $1,250. Not bad if you can take advantage of the benefits provided by Mosaic.
Remember, JetBlue is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards, so in addition to Barclaycard’s JetBlue Plus Card and JetBlue Business Card, you can transfer points from cards like The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express and the Citi Prestige® Card.
Delta SkyMiles Medallion® Status Match Challenge
Delta has on ongoing status match/challenge which you can access via the promo page on Delta’s website. While the match requires a bit of work on the part of the member taking on the challenge, now is the perfect time to plan a SkyMiles status challenge as you’ll get to keep the status gained through to January 31, 2019. That’s over a year of potential upgrades to a better seat, lounge access, and waived baggage fees.
“If you register for the offer on or after July 1, 2017, and you complete the flight requirements, your Medallion status will be maintained until January 31, 2019.”
Members receive Platinum, Gold, or Silver Medallion status for 3 months, based on the current elite status with the other airline. To keep the status, you’ll need to earn a specific number of MQM’s or fly the elected MQS’s within three months of enrolling.
- Silver – 6,250 MQMs or 8 MQSs
- Gold – 12,500 MQMs or 15 MQSs
- Platinum – 18,750 MQMs or 25 MQSs
You can match from the following programs.
2017 SPG Status Challenge
Saving the best for last, SPG’s 2017 status challenge is open to members that haven’t had the status they are trying to achieve in the previous five years i.e. if you’ve achieved Gold status anytime from 2012 onwards, you cannot participate in the Gold Status Challenge. However, if you’ve achieved Gold status, you’re still able to pursue the Platinum challenge.
Registration is open from January 1 to December 31, 2017, and members need to complete the required stays in a three month period nominated at the time of registration. The elite status earned will be valid through February 2019, meaning if you complete it in the next three months, you’ll have status for well over a year!
- Platinum Status Challenge – Must complete 18 Eligible Paid Nights at hotels and resorts that participate in the SPG program within their Challenge Period
- Gold Status Challenge – Must complete 9 Eligible Paid Nights at hotels and resorts that participate in the SPG program within their Challenge Period
You can find the details on the SPG 2017 Status Challenge T&C's page.
Why do we think the SPG challenge offers the most value? In addition to SPG Platinum being one of the most valuable top-tier hotel statuses available, it offers a host of additional matches to both hotel and airline programs, providing top-tier elite status at Marriott/Ritz-Carlton, and Premier Silver on United MileagePlus courtesy of RewardsPlus. And members receive carrier benefits on Emirates, Delta, and China Eastern via reciprocal agreements with SPG. We provide a detailed breakdown of these reciprocal agreements in our guide to maximizing Marriott & SPG in 2017.
Jumping on board a status match or status challenge is often the fastest way of gaining elite status with a frequent flyer or hotel rewards program, saving you thousands of dollars in stays and flights you no longer need to take.
The ability to get SPG Platinum status through to February 2019 is an excellent way to maximize your award stays through all of next year and will provide added benefits across Marriott, United, Emirates, Delta, and China Eastern, presenting exceptional value.
Keep in mind; you could always be accepted for an outright status match instead of just a challenge — loyalty programs want your business and enticing you with a match is just one of the tools in their toolbelt.
If you have any data points to share on any of the above matches or another match to share, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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