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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.
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
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.
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
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