United Relaunches Status Match Program
MilesTalkers sure love status matching, there’s no question about that.
And if you are contemplating switching from one airline that you have status on to another that you don’t, it can be pretty tough to compare the service of the new airline fairly. That is why, historically, loyalty programs ave offered status matches.
United took their status match program offline late last year as it worked to retool the program to mesh with it’s new loyalty program that rewards purely based on spend and has absolutely no tethering to miles flown.
This weekend, United relaunched their status match program to American Airlines AAdvantage and Delta SkyMiles elite members.
United Airlines Status Match
You’ll get an initial 90 day match as follows:
|Frequent flyer program||Level||Level||Level|
|Delta Air Lines Medallion® level||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|American Airlines AAdvantage elite status||Gold||Platinum||Platinum Pro|
|Level matched to in MileagePlus||Premium Silver||Premier Gold||Premier Platinum|
After that, you’ll need to hit various PQP and PQF requirements to keep your status. The PQPs are the Premier Qualifying Points earned under the new revenue-based system and the PQFs are the number of flights you have to take to qualify.
You’ll have 90 days to meet the criteria for your specific United status challenge as follows:
|MileagePlus Premier status||PQF and PQP requirements|
|Premier Silver||Fly 4 PQF and earn 1,000 PQP on flights operated by United or United Express|
|Premier Gold||Fly 6 PQF and earn 2,000 PQP on flights operated by United or United Express|
|Premier Platinum||Fly 10 PQF and earn 3,000 PQP on flights operated by United or United Express|
As much as we all love alliance benefits, make sure to take heed the flights must be operated by United.
Definitely take the time to read all the details on the United Status Match page and note that you may wish to wait until July 1st if you can, to get an extra 6 months of status per this note on the site: “Earned 2020 Premier status: Customers who earn Premier status through this promotion will have their accounts updated in the system within five to seven business days of completion and posting of the outlined PQF and PQP requirements for the status level matched to in MileagePlus. Earned 2020Premier status is valid through January 2021. The MileagePlus status is valid through January 2022 for customers who earn Premier status through this promotion on or after July 1, 2020.”
Of course, do it when you know you’ll be able to satisfy the requirements.
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