Everyone and their mother seemed to want to know more about status matching in the free BMI Silver Elite Status post. By matching airline elite status you can get free bags on every major US airline! Don’t have BMI status yet? Grab it before it’s too late!
Generally speaking, you can only get a status match once in a lifetime. To get a status match just tell the airline that you are considering switching your business to them. Give them your elite mileage number from another airline and your non-elite mileage number with them. Send a printout of your status or statement online and a scan of your elite membership card if you have one. (It can take a month or so before you will get your BMI Silver card) And be sure to give a contact home address, email address, and phone number as well.
The status matching process can take anywhere from 1 week to 1 month.
Airlines will usually status match you to an equivalent level, so bottom-tier status on BMI should only earn you bottom tier status on another airline. Unless you get lucky like this DansDeals Forum member did!
Airlines will only match airlines and hotels will only match hotels.
Warning: If you status-match before July your matched status may only last through 02/29/12. If you status-match in July or later your matched status should be good through 02/28/13! That’s the general rule at least, the exact cutoff date is usually sometime in June. Of course any program can stop status matching at any time, so you do run the risk of getting nothing if you want.
Airlines generally won’t match the status of other airlines within the same alliance.
There are 3 major airline alliances. You’ve got status with Star Alliance, now you can get status with the rest.
Delta: A member of the Skyteam Alliance. They will match your elite status from just about any airline in the world. BMI Silver should get you Delta Silver, although a DansDeals Forum members reported that he faxed Delta a request to match his status on BMI and they gave him Delta Gold status after sending in his BMI Silver information. Delta generally matches bottom-tier status to Silver, and mid-tier or top-tier status to Gold. They also match some top-tier status, like from Continental or United, to Delta Platinum.
Either way you’ll get at least 2 free 70 pound bags, bonus miles, and free first class upgrades.
To get a match you need to fax proof of your competing elite status to 404-773-1945.
AA: American is a member of the OneWorld alliance and has just started offering status matches. American may only be matching US-based program so to match from BMI you would have to first match to Delta and then match to AA. They will match bottom-tier status to Gold, and mid-tier or top-tier status to Platinum. Executive Platinum can only be attained by completing a flying challenge for which you need to call 800-882-8880 to enroll.
With any status you’ll be getting 2 free 50 pound bags, bonus miles, free exit-row seating, waived award expedite fees, and waived standby fees.
To get a match you need to fax proof of your competing elite status to 817-963-7882.
Alaska: They will match bottom-tier status to MVP, and mid-tier or top-tier status to MVP Gold.
You’ll not only get free bags on Alaska but you’ll get free bags on Delta as well!
To get a match you need to fax proof of your competing elite status to 206-433-3477.
Continental/United: Continental, a Star-Alliance carrier, used to match status but as of mid-January stopped matching status as they continue their merger process with United (although they will match your status on United). Instead they now offer a challenge that will give you matched status for just 90 days and requires you to fly a certain amount of flight to retain that status. Continental will do this for Silver, Gold, or Platinum challenges and United will do it for 2P, 1P, and 1K challenges. Silver and 2P, the bottom-tier levels earn Star Alliance Silver. 1P, 1K, Gold, and Platinum all earn Star Alliance Gold.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for a Challenge.
BMI: A member of the Star Alliance. BMI will even match to Gold, so if you hold mid or top tier status on another airline alliance try matching to BMI Gold to get all of the amazing benefits of Star Alliance Gold like free worldwide lounge access and 3 free bags of 70 pounds each!
Email proof of competing elite status to firstname.lastname@example.org
Starwood: Starwood will match Hyatt Dimaond, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum, and Shangri-La Elite to Platinum.
Free suite upgrades and wi-fi await.
Email proof of competing elite status to email@example.com
Hyatt: Hyatt will offer a Diamond challenge if you have Hilton Gold, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold, Marriott Platinum,
Starwood Platinum, or Priority Club Platinum.
You will get Diamond membership for 60 days. If you stay in a Hyatt for 12 nights in 60 days you maintain Diamond through 02/28/13 and will earn 1,000 bonus points on your first six nights within 60 days.
Hyatt Diamond is ‘da bomb. They have catered lavish kosher breakfasts with kosher wine or champagne for free for me along with confirmed suite upgrades and free wifi.
Fax proof of competing elite status to: 402-593-9449
Best Western: Best Western will match most programs up to top-tier status.
Email proof of competing elite status to Statusmatch@bestwestern.com
Priority Club: Priority Club will match most programs up to Platinum
Just call them to request a match at 800-621-0555
Have you done status matching before? I have top-tier Continental Platinum this year from a status match and I have Starwood Platinum from matching my Hyatt Diamond status as well! Post a comment to share your experience with status matching!