Status matches offers have been abundant and aggressive the past several months, for instance from Royal Air Maroc (for oneworld status) to ANA (for Star Alliance) to ITA (for SkyTeam). The ANA offer is still live.
As travel returns, airlines have been looking to juice their elite ranks. One way they do that is by poaching customers from competitors. It’s hard to attract a customer used to elite treatment and asking them to start with your business at the bottom. So giving them an easy path to switch makes sense.
It also picks up a lot of customers, potentially, who won’t stick around. I matched to Royal Air Maroc Gold in order to get American Airlines club lounge access – even Flagship lounge access – when flying domestically.
LATAM ran a status match for residents of Colombia only back in the spring. Now they’re after U.S. residents with this new offer.
- The offer is supposed to last until October 31
- They will match like-to-like up to Black status and they are matching almost every North American airline and some South American ones too.
- Status upgrades should be approved within 3 business days, and then processed within 6 business days.
- The status will be valid through March 31, 2023
- This is available to residents of the U.S. and Chile.
- $39 to apply.
They will match against Delta and even Alaska and JetBlue, but not Spirit or Frontier:
|Airline||GOLD||GOLD Plus||PLATINUM||BLACK||BLACK Signature|
|PRESTIGE 25K||ELITE 35K
SUPER ELITE 100K
|MVP||MVP GOLD||MVP 100K
|Delta Air Lines
|SILVER MEDALLION||GOLD MEDALLION||DELTA 360
Miles & More
|FREQUENT TRAVELLER||SENATOR||HON CIRCLE||–|
|A-LIST||A-LIST PREFERRED||COMPANION PASS||–|
|TAP Air Portugal
|CLASSIC PLUS||ELITE||ELITE PLUS||–|
|PREMIER SILVER||PREMIER GOLD||GLOBAL SERVICES
This is another status match offer from StatusMatch.com, ‘status match as a service’ offered by the former head of Malaysia Airlines Enrich. Air Canada and Frontier Airlines matches, among others, have run on this platform.
One thing to watch out for, though – they have a pretty good database of status match requests as a result. I wouldn’t submit Air Canada elite status that you got through one of their matches, for instance, since they will know that you didn’t earn that status.
LATAM is no longer a oneworld airline. It left the alliance as part of its new tie-up with Delta, and Delta’s taking an equity stake in the carrier. It is also not a member of SkyTeam. The greatest interest here will be for those that will actually use the status for travel on LATAM though there are benefits with their partners as well.
Some benefits do extend to travel with Delta (priority access/baggage and lounge on international trips), Aeromexico (lounge), Iberia (priority checkin and lounge), Qantas (lounge access) and Qatar (priority checkin/boarding and lounge).
At the Black level status includes up to 167% bonus on flights; upgrades; lounge access; priority check-in and boarding; extra baggage allowance; same-day confirmed changes traveling on Iberia.
By contrast Delta offers 3 months of status with a challenge to requalify which may be more attractive for those seeking benefits with Delta, though status lasts for a shorter period of time for those who do not qualify to extend it.