Now Is a Great Time to Status Match to United and Get Status Through January 2025 Now Is a Great Time to Status Match to United and Get Status Through January 2025

Now Is a Great Time to Status Match to United and Get Status Through January 2025

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Airlines are always looking for more profitable passengers. And the best way to get one is to take that frequent flyer from another airline. That's why many airlines — including United — offer elite status matches and challenges to poach frequent flyers from their competitors. With that in mind, United is offering an elite status match-challenge for 2023.

Qualifying members can use their status with another major airline to temporarily match to Premier status. Then, you can extend it by meeting specific criteria. If done right, members can get United Premier status all the way through January 2025 with far easier requirements than earning status through normal means.

Let's go over all the details.

United MileagePlus Premier Status Match-Challenge

In 2023, MileagePlus members with another airline's elite status can match it to United. Here is an example of how United equates other airline status:

Frequent flyer programTierTierTier
Delta Air Lines MedallionSilverGoldPlatinum
American Airlines AAdvantageGoldPlatinumPlatinum Pro
Southwest Airlines Rapid RewardsA-ListA-List PreferredN/A
JetBlue TrueBlueMosaicN/AN/A
Alaska Airlines Mileage PlanMVPMVP GoldMVP Gold 75K
British Airways Executive ClubBronzeSilverGold
Virgin Atlantic Flying ClubSilverGoldN/A
Corresponding United Airlines MileagePlus levelSilverGoldPlatinum

Once matched, you'll get United Premier status for 120 days. To extend the validity of the matched Premier status, members must complete specific travel criteria within those 120 days:

  • Silver: Fly four Premier Qualifying Flights (PQF) and earn 1,300 Premier Qualifying Points (PQP)
  • Gold: Fly eight Premier Qualifying Flights (PQF) and earn 2,600 Premier Qualifying Points (PQP)
  • Platinum: Fly 12 Premier Qualifying Flights (PQF) and earn 4,000 Premier Qualifying Points (PQP)

Note that members can only qualify for the Premier status matched under these thresholds, not a higher status. (To reach a higher status, they'd have to qualify under United's standard Premier qualifications.)

a United Polaris business class seat
United Polaris business class seat. Credit: Max Prosperi/ AwardWallet

Interestingly, United offers two different lengths of Premier status extensions. If a member meets the requirements for a status challenge on or before June 30, 2023, their status is good through January 2024. However, if they meet the requirements on or after July 1, 2023, they get to keep the status through January 2025!

That's why now is a great time to status match to United Airlines. You could earn status now that lasts for nearly 18 months.

How to request a United status match

To request a status match, start by navigating to United's dedicated webpage for the MileagePlus Premier Status Match. Once there, you'll have to sign in and fill out a form that includes:

  • United MileagePlus account number
  • Valid email address registered on your MileagePlus account
  • Proof of your elite status with another qualifying airline (with your name, elite status, and the status expiration date)

United allows for matches from most major airlines, apart from its Star Alliance partners. Moreover, you can choose any start date in 2023 when you fill out the request. Typically, you can only select a date within 30 days of the request.

Once submitted, United may take 7–14 business days to respond and upgrade your account.

United Status Match Key Terms

  • Status challenges are not available to members who have completed a status match or received a status exception within the last five years.
  • Trial or temporary statuses aren't eligible for a MileagePlus Premier status match.
  • Members won't receive Premier membership materials and may not have access to all reciprocal Star Alliance partner status benefits during the 120-day period, including Star Alliance lounge access.
  • Members who complete both the PQP and PQF requirements to retain Premier Platinum status will receive 20 PlusPoints within 7–10 business days.
  • If a member fails to meet the status challenge requirements, the matched status will expire, and they may return to a lower status tier or general member status.
  • PQF and PQP requirements during the challenge period must be earned via United or United Express flights.

Bottom Line

United MileagePlus offers a great status match program in 2023, providing a 120-day qualification period. And the second half of the year is a better time to participate than the first half of the year, given the later expiration date of your new elite status.

Elite members looking to shift their loyalties get access to United status with a lot less flying than the standard requirements and the ability to select a start date. But it's worth carefully considering how valuable airline status is. Furthermore, United generally limits members to one challenge every five years, so be sure to have a plan before requesting a match.

Do you plan to match your status to United MileagePlus Premier status?

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  • I submitted my son’s Hawaiian airline gold status to United status match, it was denied because the status on Hawaiian expires on 2/28/2023. I was told the status cannot expire from the original airline within the 120 day challenge.

  • Lots of options with elite status UA is a decent airline.

  • I’ve got AA Plat Pro until April 27 from the status match to Hyatt Globalist. Anyone know if United will accept that for a match for this challenge?

  • Hi, I submitted everything about a week ago. Still haven’t heard a peep. Is there a way to check up on status of the request besides waiting on hold forever?

  • The problem with this is you actually have to fly united airlines and their constant delays, embarrassing meals in business class and constant delays/cancellations through newark.

  • I’ve never had status with any airline, but thinking of going w/ AA and then doing a united status match.

  • AA you’re making a fool of yourself, United have had some good promotions lately and improving a lot.

  • My son with AA Platinum is getting first class upgrades 75% whereas I as United Platinum did not get a single upgrade last year. I was often #8 to 20 in upgrade list. Some flights I saw all Prem1K sitting in economy. United sells first class upgrade quite cheap now a days and people buy them. If one flies mostly on United, status match may make sense just to get preferred seats. Don’t expect any upgrades.

  • Carlos D'Alessio says:

    This articule was very helpful! I would tried to see if this actually works as AA is not doing so well lately with the AAdvantage program. Hopefully they will see this and try to get back into the game as well!

    Good choice United, let’s keep up the promises now!

  • This is great, though I’m curious how quickly the status match actually gets approved. These days it is difficult to plan ahead since every city’s situation differs. I just sent in my request but my upcoming trip is hitting it a bit close to that 7-14 day mark.

  • I requested the status match based on my AA executive platinum status sending the email and requested proof last Saturday. Today I got an email granting me United 1K status. It starts the middle of this month (on the first day I have a United flight booked) and ends in the first week of July. I need 15 flights to qualify. I’m going to have to make sure my last flight isn’t until after July 1. (No problem, if I think I’ll hit it too soon, I’ll book a few flights on American or Delta instead.).
    The article was so helpful in helping me strategize. Thanks!

  • I’ll be starting a new contract where United is the only airline that flies to the location. That was disappointing since I have status on American and Delta but not United. I will use this challenge to rectify that. Thanks for the information and hint about the start date to maximize the length of the status.

  • Interesting that they would have a longer time of elite status for qualifying after July. I wonder what the thinking is behind that. Would have to time it just like one would time the Southwest Companion ticket it seems. I am sure they are betting on this getting more people traveling them if they get status.

    • I suspect they view July 1st as a new beginning for the travel industry, with most of the American public having been vaccinated by that point. They need to reset the status window at some point, so starting when they believe more travel is possible makes sense.

  • Wish I was flying enough to use elite status but perhaps next year. For now only the cheap necessary flights for me!

  • AA are you watching, United has had some good promotions lately.