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StatusMatcher – what tier matches can you get from your existing airline and hotel status cards?

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If you read Head for Points via the website, you may have seen the link to in the ‘I Also Recommend ….’ box.  I thought it was worth giving this site a bit more publicity as it does offer a useful service to regular travellers.

A ‘status match’ is when you approach an airline or hotel company with proof of your high status with a competing airline or hotel group. You then ask to be immediately upgraded to the equivalent level with that company. This is not unreasonable, since it encourages customers to switch brands. People would otherwise be unwilling to give up their status benefits with the other group by starting from scratch with the new company.

Some groups love giving status matches, others don’t. British Airways will almost never status match, unless your company signs a major deal with them or you have a relationship with an overseas office.

Frequent flyer cards

I have written about specific matches on Head for Points in the past.  The main one at present is the one offered by Hilton Honors.  They will give you Gold status status for 90 days and give you the chance to retain that status for a full period – or be upgraded to Diamond – by doing a handful of stays during that period.  Details of the Hilton status match are in this HFP article.

Many other airlines and hotel groups offer UNOFFICIAL status matches.  You won’t find the details on their website, but they will do it if you ask. Marriott has a Platinum Elite challenge for example – I will do an updated article on this soon as we haven’t covered it since the Marriott Bonvoy launch.

The point of the StatusMatcher website is to provide a central point where people can report successful or failed status matches. It gives other readers a feel for who is worth approaching.

As has become more established, the data has become more reliable and more up to date.  You tend to need a decent level of feedback on any particular programme before you can ascertain a trend.

There is never a guarantee that a particular airline or hotel chain will match you even if it matched someone else.  On the other hand, if you have a number of flights booked with an airline then you might be successful where someone else failed.  Despite this, StatusMatcher does give you useful guidance and is worth adding to your arsenal of frequent flyer tools.

Comments (9)

  • Liam says:

    Rob, have you ever looked into/run an article on the American Airlines status challenges? It could be an easier way for people to get OW Sapphire than going for BA Silver. It’s slightly different to a status match in that you have to pay a fee and then hit a certain threshold over three months. This is what I was quoted the other day when I called:

    AA Gold (OW Ruby) challenge but no interim status: $120
    AA Gold with immediate Gold status: $300
    AA Platinum (OW Sapphire) challenge, no interim status: $200
    AA Platinum, immediate Gold status: $400
    AA Platinum, immediate Platinum status: $500

    To retain Gold for the remainder of the year you need 7,000 EQM and 1,000 EQD and for Platinum it’s 12,500 EQM and 2,000 EQD over the following three months after signing up. If you hit the target it’s good until the end of the year, and if you do it after June it’s good until the end of the following year.

    I’m flying LAX-LHR-ARN and back on BA next month, with the transatlantic legs in PE. Based on how AA credits BA flights, I should earn around 18,000 EQM and 2,250 EQD, so will easily hit the AA Platinum target. If I’d credited these flights to BA I’d be in line to receive 200 tier points. Clearly there are some BA-specific benefits that I won’t get in future, such as free seat selection at booking, but it will get me OW lounge access (with the exception of AA’s lounges on US domestic flights, but that’s a whole other issue), business class check-in, and priority boarding.

    • MAY L LIM says:

      As I am Asia based with no US bound flights, I would not be flying AA metal. Apart from paying $, is there a need to fly on AA metal? The $500 would be allayed by the lounge access & extra baggage allowance.

    • John says:

      OWS should get free seat selection on BA.

  • happeemonkee says:

    “They will give you Gold status status for 90 days and give you the chance to retain that status for a full period – or be upgraded to Diamond – by doing a handful of stays during that period”

    I wouldnt call 18 nights to reach Diamond a handfull Rob Rob eek!!

    • Peter K says:

      Neither would I, but time it right with a 7 day holiday at the start and it’s only about 1 stay a week going forward to hit diamond in the 90 days.

  • Yawn says:

    I would really like Virgin Atlantic to status match AF/KLM Flying Blue, but that seems unlikely.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Anyone ever had success matching to Accor or whatever it is called now. Planning on staying in a Fairmont in Barbados and have no stuaus with them. Have Hilton and IHG top level to match from but results don’t look good from status match

    • Rob says:

      Stayed there, decent hotel albeit rooms not huge. Friend of mine has started going regularly and is very keen.

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