Update, 6/29: Tomorrow is the final day to apply for a JetBlue status match.
It was originally supposed to expire on 5/31, but on June 1st they extended it through 6/30. Of course it’s always possible that it will be extended again.
Originally posted on 5/4/16:
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If you have elite status in an airline or hotel program you can often leverage that for an outright match or a challenge that can give status for a short period of time that can be extended if you meet a flight or stay requirement. Some airlines only allow this once in a lifetime, while others allow it every year.
Will match to Silver (OneWorld Ruby) or Gold (OneWorld Sapphire). Status lasts for 12 months days and will be extended if you meet a flight challenge requirement within those 12 months.
Will match AeroMexico, Air Canada, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Jet Blue, Southwest, United, and Virgin
America to MVP, MVP Gold, or MVP Gold 75K, all of which also have flight benefits when flying American or Delta. Email proof of competing status and a driver’s licence to email@example.com
-American offers a paid challenge for Gold and Platinum status that you enroll in by calling 888-697-5636. The price for the Gold challenge varies between $100-$140 and the price of the Platinum challenge varies between $180-$200 depending on when you sign up. Status may start right away or may only start after you complete a flight challenge requirement within 3 months. If you have status on another airline that may help with getting status right away, but you don’t need status to enroll in the challenge. If you enroll by 6/15/16 and complete the flight challenge the status will expire 2/28/17. If you enroll after 6/15/16 and complete the flight challenge the status will expire 1/31/18.
Will match Alaska, American, or United status to Silver, Gold or Platinum. Status lasts for 90 days and will be extended if you meet a flight challenge requirement within those 90 days.
Will match Alaska MVP/MVP Gold, American Plat/EXP, Delta Gold/Plat/Diamond, Emirates Silver/Gold/Plat, Southwest A-List/CP, United Gold/Plat/1K, or Virgin Silver/Gold to Mosaic. Status lasts for 2016 and will be extended for 2017 if you meet a flight challenge requirement within 90 days.
Will match or challenge to Elite (Star Alliance Gold) or Gold (OneWorld Sapphire). Challenges last for 4 months and can be extended to a year with a Turkish flight, matches last for 2 years. Contact via this form and click on new feedback>Miles & Smiles>Request>Membership Processing and send a copy of your elite status card and statement or account history.
Will match American or Delta status to Silver, Gold or Platinum. Status lasts for 90 days and will be extended if you meet a flight challenge requirement within those 90 days.
Will match American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, or United to Silver or Gold. Status lasts for 90 days and will be extended if you meet a flight challenge requirement within those 90 days.
Will match status from other hotels up to top-tier Diamond. Status lasts until 3/31/18.
Will match Starwood Platinum to Hyatt Diamond and may match other status. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of status and your Hyatt number.
Will offer a challenge to obtain Gold or Platinum status, email email@example.com
In the past there have been opportunities to get status instantly and use it to match to another airline or to get car rental status instantly and match that as well. So it’s always worth looking for the next opportunity to get status the easy way.
Then you have programs like El Al. They won’t match American status, but will be happy to match Continental or USAirways status 😉
What programs have you matched to?