Virgin Atlantic Status Match Offer

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Tempting Elites from other airlines’ frequent flyer programs has always been a great strategy to attract high-spending customers. This is probably why Virgin Atlantic has announced a status match for elites with other airlines. This status match opportunity comes on the heels of some significant changes to the Virgin program which were announced late last year.

Virgin Atlantic Status Match - Overview

From What Airlines Can You Status Match?

Virgin is offering the status match to members of select airlines. The match will be to Virgin Atlantic Gold or Silver depending on your Elite Status with the other airline. The programs from which you can match are:

  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad Guest
  • Jet Airways JetPrivileges
  • South African Airways Voyager
  • United MileagePlus
Virgin Atlantic Status Match - Matching Programs
The above chart shows which status you will receive with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

How The Virgin Atlantic Status Match Works

To match your status email Virgin Atlantic at Flying.Club.Support.UK@fly.virgin.com, and provide them with the following documents:

  • Your current airline’s frequent flyer program statement, which shows tier points and the routes you have traveled
  • Your Virgin Flying Club number (if you have one)
  • The details of your future bookings with Virgin
  • Once accepted you will receive your status match, which will be valid for 12 months from the date of upgrade
  • To requalify, you need 400 tier points for Silver and 1,000 tier points for Gold

One point worth noting is that although Virgin asks for a future booking reference, there is no stipulation that you need to have booked a Virgin flight to receive the status match. While the Flying Club program is not the most generous, there are some decent benefits for both Silver and Gold members. Also, Gold members receive quite a good deal when flying with Delta transatlantic.

Our Take

While a free status match is nothing to throw your nose up at, realistically it is only valuable if you regularly fly transatlantic with Delta or Virgin Atlantic. The offer is generous, although ultimately not that many people will gain the maximum benefit from it without changing their travel patterns.

Source: One Mile at a Time

Virgin Atlantic Status Match Offer
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Comments

  • Definitely not a status match for travel hackers. More useful for business travelers annoyed by BA’s IT meltdown, United’s doctor fiasco, the electronics ban, etc.

  • As someone who regularly flies out of Atlanta, this is probably one I’ll take advantage of, even if Delta may not be my first or second choice.

  • Status matches are such a great thing! Along with airline matches, it’s cool to match hotel programs, too. Kudos to Virgin.

  • Bertrand Say says:

    I never get approved for this type of offers.

  • By future bookings, does that mean you can list some potential travel plans you might be making?

  • Jacqueline parsons says:

    Great to see VA matching status at last with other airlines like hotels do. Not as simple as hotel status matched though!

  • Always good having a status match even though I don’t think the status with VA offers more value and amenities than with the airlines taken into consideration.

  • Sebastian says:

    Great way to get the Status – thanks for the hint!

  • And status matches are fun if one qualifies.

  • Yay I can match to Virgin Atlantic Gold.
    Thanks for the post!

  • angelo fonseca says:

    At least that’s a free benefit

  • SingleMalt says:

    I used to like VA a lot. However, DTW is my home base, and last year, VA discontinued service to my home airport. I suggest that you confirm that VA is going to be continuing with your home airport before you try a match like this…might just be a waste of your time. They code share with Delta out of DTW, but I’m not sure that status on VA translates to code shared flights like this.

  • Unfortunately a status match to Virgin just doesn’t appeal to me at all, as I have no real need or desire to fly with them. If only the match was the other way round!

  • Just like the hotels airlines are running status match programs to woo premium customers over to them

  • The documentation required adds a wrinkle – what will their approval rate be?

  • I don’t have any trips planned with Virgin Atlantic so I doubt my Delta Silver match would work. Bummer that they ask for that.

  • If you have the status to match this is great. Nice to see Virgin trying to lure the elite customers away from the majors

  • I was told that they would get back to me the next day, and four days later I am still waiting to hear about my status match

  • Thank you Virgin, and Sam for posting it here.

  • Although not a direct benefit for me, competition is good and perhaps this will encourage other airlines to more aggressively match. That is a win for everyone.

  • Thank you for putting in when you think it’s really best to get this. I wonder what the strategy is with this, besides the obvious. Since Virgin American is merging with Alaskan could this be a way to beef up business again? Any way to get some perks if you travel that much is always good. I’ve heard of people who have status with multi airlines. I just do not know how they can stand to do that. Poor people have to go through airports too much and deal with all that stress multiple times.

  • Sadly not something that either interests me or is useful but good to see status matches come up again.

  • Any chance of a match from Alaska MVP Gold?

  • Just found they dont match with neither Qantas nor JAL…

  • still no answer from them

  • Paul Milligan says:

    Not a status match that I would use. Too many hoops and loops for this to be of value. The previously has a status match if you flew little red on UK domestic services. It was a farce and i must have applied 3 times before giving up.

  • I like the match when I can. Delta does it often with its partners. However, I’m a little curious why the condition, “Already have a future flight booked…” I’d rather have the status first then book, as it would be most adventurous for the customer. Alas, the airline is a pay me first industry.

  • Shame they are not in any alliance.

    Whilst I am gold with BA, I have no current flights with Virgin booked, so am out of this . Shame.

  • As they do match the highest only – no interest

  • Great timing for me. Will start flying out of NY soon and company has booked a trip already.

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