UPDATES:
  • Thai Airways has a promotion that you can purchase Time To Gold package for THB 350,000 (~$10,185) for an air ticket cash credit voucher valued at THB 350,000 and complimentary Royal Orchid Plus 2-year Gold membership status. The offer ends on July 31, 2022. 
  • Bamboo Airways offers status match requests from all other airlines through December 31, 2022. 
  • Air Canada offers Aeroplan credit card spending to secure 2023 elite status. Purchases must be made through November 30, 2022. 
  • ANA (All Nippon Airways) offers a status match campaign with select airlines' frequent flyer programs, such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Japan Airlines. Other airlines will be considered, too, but United and Air Canada are excluded. The offer ends on September 28, 2022. 
  • Delta Air Lines award tickets are now permanently counted towards status! 
  • Alaska Airlines send out emails to select Alaska Airlines credit cardholders the opportunity to earn 1,000 elite qualifying miles for every $5,000 spent through December 31, 2022. 

Like hotel rewards programs, airlines offer elite status to improve your travel experiences, such as complimentary seat upgrades, free check-bags, early priority boarding, etc. 

Each airline sets its own qualifications and requirements for achieving elite status, and those requirements sometimes can require several flights and segments to complete. Fortunately, there are promotions and a shortcut method known as "status match" to achieve the airline's elite status for airlines such as Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, and Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic

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    Air Canada

    Air Canada does not offer status match requests at this time; however, Air Canada offers an opportunity to secure your 2023 elite status with your Aeroplan credit card:
    • Earn 30,000 points from any Aeroplan credit card purchases, such as the Chase Aeroplan Credit Card.
    • Purchases must be made by November 30, 2022.
    • Since the beginning of the year, all the points you have earned with your Aeroplan card will be counted toward this offer. 
    • Status extensions for members who have earned the points required will begin in July.
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Alaska Airlines

    UPDATES:
    • Alaska Airlines send out emails to select cardmembers of Alaska Airlines Credit Card the opportunity to earn 1,000 elite qualifying miles for every $5,000 spent through December 31, 2022. 
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Alaska Airlines offers Status Match Challenge that you can request from another airline and gain equal Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan status for 90 days. During those 90 days, you must complete flights with Alaska Airlines to keep the status level longer. 

    How to Request Status Match Challenge with Alaska Airlines

    • Alaska Airlines' status match offer is one-time-only. 
    • Provide your current status with another frequent flyer program, your Alaska Mileage Plan number, and email address, and upload a screenshot of your elite status level with that frequent flyer program showing the following information:
      • Your first and last name
      • Your current status
      • Your miles flown year-to-date or miles flown from the prior year
    • After your status match request is approved, your newly upgraded Alaska Mileage Plan status is good for 90 days. During that same 90 days period, you must earn enough miles by flying on Alaska operated flights to keep your status level longer:
      • MVP: fly 5,000 miles on Alaska Airlines 
      • MVP Gold: fly 10,000 miles on Alaska Airlines 
      • MVP Gold 75K: fly 20,000 miles on Alaska Airlines
    • Earning Alaska Mileage Plan status also comes with oneworld elite status levels such as Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald to unlock even more perks when you fly with oneworld alliance airlines. 
    • Also, please note that: 
      • If you request a status match by the end of June and meet the requirements, you will keep your status through the end of the calendar year.
      • However, if you request a status match between July and December and meet the requirements, you get to keep your status through the end of next year.
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    American Airlines

    American Airlines has simplified its requirements to gain elite status. American Airlines' status is now earned with Loyalty Points. 1 eligible AA mile earns you 1 Loyalty Point. You can earn Loyalty Points in many ways, from flying to credit card purchases and online shopping through the American Airlines shopping portal or partners. 

    Moreover, it is also known that American Airlines still offers a status challenge, but you must pay a fee upfront to participate in the challenge. 

    How to Request Status Match Challenge with American Airlines

    • You can call American Airlines AAdvantage customer service at 1-888-697-5636 and request a status challenge. 
    • Go through the process with the agent to determine your eligibility for the challenge, cost, and registration for the challenge. 
    • You'll have 90 days to complete the requirements of the challenge. 

    ANA (All Nippon Airways)

    ANA offers a status match campaign from select airlines' frequent flyer programs such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Japan Airlines. Other airlines will be considered, too, but United and Air Canada are excluded. The matched status will be valid through March 31, 2023.

    How to Request Status Match Challenge with ANA (All Nippon Airways)

    • ANA status match campaign targets American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Japan Airlines. 
    • Members of select airlines' frequent flyer programs with valid 2021 or 2022 elite status. 
    • Valid for a legal resident of North America (the United States of the Americas, Mexico, or Canada. Residents of Quebec, Canada are excluded);
    • The offer ends on September 28, 2022.
    • Follow the Direct Link to the Offer to learn more and access the status match application. 
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Bamboo Airways

    Bamboo Airways is a Vietnamese airline, and it offers an easy status match request through December 31, 2022, for any frequent flyer members of Vietnam airlines, oneworld, Star Alliance, or SkyTeam. 

    How to Request Status Match with Bamboo Airways

    • You first must sign up for the Bamboo Club. The page is in Vietnamese, but you can select English at the top. 
    • Submit photo proof of your elite status with the other airline. A digital membership card is okay too. 
    • Complete the status match request form here
      • The form is in Vietnamese, so you can use Google Translate to translate the content. 
      • The form asks about the Vietnamese address to mail your Bamboo Club card. You can put in any address in Vietnam because the status match offers to worldwide frequent flyer members.
    • The offer ends on December 31, 2022. 
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Delta Air Lines

    UPDATES:
    • Delta Air Lines award tickets are now permanently counted towards status! See the official press release here
    • Amex Cardholders receive a targeted email offer for a status match + 1 level. Once approved, the complimentary status is valid through August 31, 2022. This is a targeted offer sent via email. So please check your email, including junk mail, or check your eligibility via the direct link to the offer here

    Delta Air Lines offers a status match that you can request. Once your status match request is approved, you will receive complimentary Delta's matched status immediately for 3 months. You will also need to earn enough miles by flying and spend a certain amount of money maintaining the status. 

    How to Request Status Match Challenge with Delta Air Lines

    • You may participate in Delta's status match challenge for SkyMiles Platinum, Gold, or Silver Medallion.
    • Complete the status match challenge request form with your Delta SkyMiles information. 
    • Upload the following proof of your elite status with the other airline. You can take a photo or screenshots of your app or computer screen to show the following required information:
      • A copy of your current elite status with the other airline with your name.
      • A current statement showing your earned elite status and activity with that airline program. 
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Etihad Airways

    Etihad Airways offers 40% bonus miles and 40% bonus tier miles when you transfer points to the program from the following select partners:
    • Le Club Accor Hotels, Marriott, Shangri-La, World of Hyatt, HSBC UK, Capital One, Hyundai Card, Hana Bank, KTC, Inbursa, SC Brunei, SC Singapore, Ping An, CIMB, Kbank.
    • Transfer by April 30, 2022. 
    • 40% Bonus Tier Miles will be added for every 10,000 miles transferred and capped at 20,000 Tier Miles.
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Hawaiian Airlines

    Hawaiian Airlines allows the status match request to their elite status levels. Once the request is approved, the status is good for 12 months. You will also not need to complete any challenges. 

    How to Request Status Match Challenge with Hawaiian Airlines

    • There's no standard form to request a status match with Hawaiian Airlines. 
    • You complete the contact form and attach a copy of your elite status and related flight activity with another airline program. A couple things to note:
      • Your flight history must include similar routes operated by Hawaiian Airlines to be considered. 
      • It also helps to include any upcoming Hawaiian Airlines reservation information because Hawaiian Airlines like to see that you are actually flying with them. 
    • Direct Link to Contact Hawaiian Airlines

    ITA Airways

    [Expired]

    ITA Airways, Volare program offers status matches from one of the 15 selected airlines in the Skyteam, including United Airlines. The campaign runs through April 15, 2022. 

    How to Request Status Match with ITA Airways

    You can request a status match by completing the signup form through the offer link below.

    JetBlue

    JetBlue, unfortunately, is not offering any status match or challenge at this time, but that does not mean the offer never exists. Subscribe to our blog posts below, and we can let you know when the offer returns. 

    JetBlue only has one simple, straightforward elite status level called Mosaic. Once you earn the Mosaic status in a calendar year, it will be valid through the end of the following calendar year. 

    LATAM Airlines

    [Expired]

    LATAM Airlines offer a LATAM Pass Status Match with another frequent flyer program of the airlines that operate in the region (Columbia). The offer is valid through May 12, 2022, and the granted status is valid until March 31, 2023

    How to Request Status Match with LATAM Airlines


    Southwest Airlines

    Southwest Airlines allows the status match request to Southwest A-List status from another airline. Once your information is verified and your request is approved, you will become A-List, and you have 90 days to keep the A-list for another 12 months after you fly three (3) roundtrips or six (6) one-ways within those 90 days. 

    How to Request Status Match with Southwest Airlines

    You can request a status match by emailing the following information to Southwest's dedicated email contact below:

    Thai Airways

    Thai Airways has an interesting new promotion that you can purchase a Royal Orchid Plus Gold elite membership and receive an air ticket cash credit voucher. The "Time To Gold" package costs THB 350,000, which is about$10,185. 

    The "Time To Gold" package includes the following:
    • Air Ticket Cash Credit Voucher valued at THB 350,000 (~$10,185).
    • Complimentary Royal Orchid Plus 2-year Gold membership status. 
    • The offer expires on July 31, 2022. 
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    United Airlines

    First, suppose you are a Marriott Titanium Elite or Marriott Ambassador Elite status member. In that case, you can receive the complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver status through United and Marriott Bonvoy's partnership (a.k.a Marriott Rewards Plus). You can register for the exclusive joint program's offer through the following link. Be patient after submitting your request. I submitted the request in January and did not receive the approval email until March. 

    United MileagePlus offers Premier Status Match Challenge that you can participate in. Once your status match request is verified and approved, you will be upgraded to equivalent MileagePlus status immediately for 120 days. Within those 120 days, you must earn a certain number of Premier qualifying flights (PQF) AND Premier qualifying points (PQP) on United-operated flights to keep your status. 

    How to Request Status Match with United Airlines

    • All 2022 Premier status match requests must be submitted by June 30, 2022, and started no later than June 30, 2022.
    • Complete the status match challenge form with required information such as your MileagePlus account number, email address, and a copy of your most recent mileage activity or summary, along with your 2022 membership card showing your name, current elite status, and status expiration date or validity period with another airline program. 
    • Allow 7-14 business days for your request to be processed and receive a response from United Airlines. 
    • Direct Link to the Offer

    Virgin Atlantic

    Virgin Atlantic offers status matches from specific airline programs only. Once your request is approved, you are matched to Gold or Silver, depending on your elite status with the other airline. You are also required to have a future revenue flight booked with Virgin Atlantic in a specific class of service. More below.

    How to Request Status Match with Virgin Atlantic

    • Virgin Atlantic only allows the status match from certain airlines. 
    • Become an Instant Gold member by proving you are in the top tier of one of the airline loyalty schemes. 
      • You'll also need to have a future revenue flight booked with Virgin Atlantic in either Premium Economy or Upper Class.
      • You'll also need to earn 1,000 tier points in the membership period to keep Gold status. 
    • Become an Instant Silver member by proving you are in the second tier of one of the airline loyalty schemes. 
      • You'll also need a future revenue flight booked with Virgin Atlantic in any cabin class.
      • You'll also need to earn 400 tier points in the membership period to keep Silver status. 
    • Once your status match is approved, it will be valid for 12 months from when your Virgin Atlantic account is upgraded. 
    • Direct Link to the Offer