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LAST CHANCE: Alitalia status match ends in two days – get status with 26 airlines

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Time is running out to take advantage of the Alitalia status match.  This will get you status with all 20 airlines in the SkyTeam alliance PLUS the 6 members of Etihad Airways Partners.  That is 26 airlines in total.

Alitalia is currently offering a status match to British Airways Executive Club Gold and Silver members as well as other top-tier and middle-tier status holders with other airlines.

Full details can be found on the Alitalia website.  The promotion ends on Sunday.

Alitalia card

The scheme

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

As a British Airways Gold, you will be matched to Freccia Alata Plus.  This level is equivalent to SkyTeam Elite Plus which is the equivalent of oneworld Emerald.

As a British Airways Silver, you will 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.  It isn’t yet clear if it gets you into the Etihad lounge when flying on Alitalia.  It does get you in when flying on Etihad.

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

Here are the rules:

You have until 31st January 2016 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

Comments (82)

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  • Adam Mosey says:

    I did mine back on he day before it ended and had no mail or anything. Just logged into my account and I’ve been matched. Card expiry is Sept 2017. Worth checking.

  • andreas markitanis says:

    I didnt get acknowledged either – Just checked and got matched too.

    However I cannot change my postcode to a UK one for the life of me.

  • The Paw says:

    Sent email on last day (January 31st) and no upgrade as of yesterday. However, this morning an AwardWallet refresh is showing Freccia Alata valid till March 2017. Since I applied on the last day, I’m **guessing** everyone (who won’t be required to provide further documentation) will be upgraded by today?

  • JamesW says:

    I put in for this on the last day using Qatar Platinum for the match.
    Not heard a thing yet 🙁

  • Andrew says:

    Well, mine has still not posted online! I’m going to have to call their helpline, I think. From the website, the support number appears to be 03335 665544

    • sunszajn says:

      did you try calling? did it work? their status match special email no longer works

  • sunszajn says:

    I have requested a BA silver match within the deadline. Still nothing. I chased via email and no response 🙁

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