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Alitalia still offering SkyTeam status match to BA Silver and Gold

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Given that it is two months since I first mentioned this, it is worth a reminder.  Alitalia is currently offering a status match to British Airways Executive Club Gold members as well as other top-tier and middle-tier status holders with other airlines.

Full details can be found on the Alitalia website here.

This is, presumably, part of the relaunch of the airline under the pseudo control of Etihad.  Etihad has recently outlined its plans for turning around the struggling carrier and a willingness to match status cards from other airlines – a technique which Etihad Guest has used aggressively – is a way of getting people to try it.

The scheme

The Alitalia frequent flyer scheme is called MilleMiglia.  There are four elite levels which are outlined here.

As a BA Gold, you should expect to be matched to Freccia Alata Plus.  This level is equivalent to SkyTeam Elite Plus which is the equivalent of oneworld Emerald.

As a BA Silver, you should expect to be matched to Freccia Alata.   This is ALSO considered to be SkyTeam Elite Plus.  This means that you would get worldwide lounge access with SkyTeam except on US domestic flights with Delta.

Alitalia card

Why you should do this even if you never fly Alitalia

Alitalia is now a member of two airline alliances!

The formal membership is with SkyTeam.  Your Freccia Alata Plus card would get you top tier privileges, including lounge access (except on domestic Delta flights in the US, I think), with the following airlines:

  • Aeroflot
  • AerolineasArgentinas
  • AeroMexico
  • AirEuropa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • MEA
  • Saudia
  • Tarom
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Air

Alitalia is also a member of Etihad Airways Partners.  This is not yet finalised, but the eventual plan is that a status holder with any of the following airlines – all of which have received equity investment from Etihad – will have reciprocal privileges with the others.

  • Etihad
  • Jet Airways
  • airberlin
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Seychelles
  • Etihad Regional

Alitalia also has partnerships with GOL, Malaysia and Qantas but I’m not sure if they offer any benefits for Alitalia top tier cardholders.

There is another reason to get a match.  You never know when there might be an opportunity to match your Alitalia status to a different Star Alliance or oneworld airline!

How do I get a status match?

You need to email a scan of your British Airways Gold card and your MilleMiglia account number (so you need to open an account first) to [email protected]

Here are the rules:

You have until December 2015 to ask for a match

The match will last until March 2016 UNLESS your existing status card shows an expiry date beyond March 2016.  If it does, your matched card will be issued until March 2017.

ANY elite status card from an airline which is not part of the SkyTeam alliance will be accepted


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Comments (60)

  • Steve Blower says:

    I enrolled when you did the first posting of this a while back. Never heard anything back from them, and forgot about it, to be honest.
    So, prompted by this reminder, I tried enrolling again, but it fails, telling me I am already enrolled.
    Unfortunately, any route to get this sorted seems to have to be by phone, either to Italy, or to an 0871 number in the UK… All blocked on my phone….
    Stumped.

  • Firemin says:

    Trying to enrol with Alitalia but it doesn’t recognise the hyphen in my surname – presumably if I register without the hyphen it will cause problems trying to match to my BAEC card (which does display the hyphen)???

    • Alan says:

      They process the matches manually (and inconsistently!) so you’ll likely have no more of an issue than many of us have had. Certainly worth a punt!

  • May Lim says:

    Sorry, this might seem a stupid question. If you hold a BAEC & you are status matched to MM, then you should be given its FRECIA ALTA club. Does that you mean automatically be entitled to the 4 free upgrades? If yes, how to use this? Buy first then apply for upgrade, or contact them directly. Many thanks.