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It’s back: Get SkyTeam elite status (19 airlines) by matching your British Airways status

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ITA Airways, the ‘replacement’ carrier for Alitalia, has brought back the elite status match that it first ran last October.

This allows you, for free, to get elite status across the entire SkyTeam alliance – including Delta, Air France and KLM – by matching your British Airways status.

Even if you never plan to fly with SkyTeam, doing the match could even help extend your elite benefits with British Airways if another oneworld airline was willing to match your ITA status.

The offer runs to 15th April and you can apply here. Your new status will last until 15th April 2023, if I understand the wording correctly, although it is a little vague.

Match your British Airways to SkyTeam with ITA

I did the match last year when it ran. I’m looking forward to checking out KLM’s Crown Lounge in Amsterdam later this month on a flight to London, using my SkyTeam Elite Plus status.

Which 24 airlines are being matched?

It isn’t just British Airways status that is being matched. ITA is accepting applications from 24 airlines:

  • Aerolíneas Argentinas
  • Air Europa
  • Alitalia
  • Air France/KLM
  • American Airlines
  • ANA
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • EL Al
  • Emirates
  • Iberia
  • Korean Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Qatar Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Saudia
  • Singapore Airlines
  • TAP
  • Tarom
  • Turkish Airways
  • United Airlines

The absence of Virgin Atlantic is annoying, but of course it does not fly to Italy.

Some of the above airlines, such as KLM and Delta, are already members of SkyTeam. This is a little odd as airlines usually avoid poaching from their alliance partners.

ITA status match

Which airlines are in SkyTeam?

If you match your British Airways or other status to ITA Airways, your status will get you benefits with the following members of the SkyTeam airline alliance:

  • Aeroflot (if it returns)
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • AeroMexico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • ITA Airways
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • MEA
  • Saudia
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Air

How I do apply for the ITA status match?

You can apply for your match here.

Enter five random numbers where it asks for your postcode.

It will literally take you 1 minute to do. Once you’ve registered for Volare, all it wants you to email is a copy of your British Airways Executive Club status card (an online version is accepted) and a copy of your passport.

There is no requirement to send information on your flight history or to book any flights with ITA Airways.

ITA has an app which shows a ‘virtual’ membership card, which can also be exported to your mobile wallet. You don’t need to wait for anything to arrive in the post (if it ever will – I have never received anything).

Match your British Airways to SkyTeam with ITA

Will you get lounge access if you match from BA Silver?


British Airways Silver is being matched to ‘Premium’ in Volare. British Airways Gold is being matched to ‘Executive’ which is the top tier.

Both ‘Premium’ and ‘Executive’ are ‘Elite Plus’ when it comes to SkyTeam alliance-wide status, which gets you lounge access with a guest at SkyTeam operated lounges.

Looking at the rules, which are complex, it seems that you do not get a guest at third party lounges. This would include the Plaza Premium lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 which is currently being used by ITA.

There are reports of some lounges not accepting ITA status yet, so be warned. I will report back after my Amsterdam trip.


You have nothing to lose by requesting a status match from your British Airways Executive Club account to ITA Airways and its new Volare programme.

Elite members of 24 other schemes can also jump in.

At the very worst, you might be able to use it to match back to another oneworld or Star Alliance programme if your British Airways status slips.

Full details of the status match, and how to apply, are on the ITA website here.

Comments (86)

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  • The Jetset Boyz says:

    Volare status is worthless.

    There are numerous reports on Twitter, as recently as this week, of Volare elites being refused permission to lounges operated by Skyteam members… because there’s no agreement in place.

    ITA have only joined Skyteam for one year, so it’s really not surprising that members of other Skyteam airlines are able to status match into Volare.

    • Andrew J says:

      Thanks for the heads-up – I won’t bother then. There’s nothing worse than being turned away from a lounge!

      • Mike says:

        never yet got into a lounge at Manchester with Priority Pass.
        “there might be space in half an hour” is the best I have had

      • Mike says:

        “Nothing worse than being turned away from a lounge “ ! – Not strictly true

    • Paul says:

      +1 I was refused any sort of recognition or access on Airfrance last week both in the UK and at CDG.

      • Mike says:

        I can only imagine the trauma you must have felt at your personal status not being recognised

    • Prince Charles says:

      I was on the fence about doing it because I want to continue crediting miles from Air France / KLM and Delta Flights to my Virgin Flying Club accounr and not to a new scheme which I know very little about.
      If the Volare Gold status doesn’t even get lounhe access then I will just leave it.

  • Greg says:

    Except the registration website will not accept UK post codes. Error message incorect format 🙁

    • Nick says:

      Input ‘0000’ for your ‘Zip Code’ and, when registered, edit your postcode in your profile.

  • Auryn says:

    This is only available to Silver and Gold BA exec club members.

  • Gtellez says:

    Hi, has anyone been able to access to the benefits flying with Air France? It seems that the website only offers the option to add an Alitalia number. I’m flying at the beginning of May and it would be useful to get additional luggage and lounge access. Thanks!

  • Polly says:

    Was waiting for this type of offer. Very useful option to use it to status match back to One World. Our silver runs put end of September this year. Unless we get another extension for those of us beyond June expiration dates. Would aim for Qatar match if we can. Used this system very effectively back and forth with Air Berlin v CX when amex stopped the CX gold, on the Platform card all those years ago. Until we got ba silver. We just can’t get the flights in to retain Silver, atm.

  • James says:

    Can you check if ITA now have an agreement in place to use partner lounges. I was denied access to Crown Lounge in AMS flying KLM. No agreement in place. Like others said, worthless status match.

    • Andrew J says:

      Sounds like Rob will be disappointed on his trip to AMS then.

      • Pablo says:

        Reports on FT of access allowed into KLM crown lounge 52 (non-Schengen)

    • JDB says:

      May not be useful for lounges, but hoping it might be useful for extra luggage allowance on Aerolíneas Argentinas where even in PE, the highest domestic class each bag limited to 15kg without status. Also potentially Aeromexico domestic, although they are more generous and flexible than AR which also has big queues to pay excess.

      • The Jetset Boyz says:

        Won’t work because most (probably all) Skyteam airlines haven’t yet configured their systems for passengers to add a Volare FFP into bookings.

  • MS says:

    “Will you get lounge access if you match from BA Silver?
    Yes. British Airways Silver is being matched to ‘Premium’ in Volare”

    Not true – I matched from BA Silver and ended up with ‘Volaire Club Plus’.

    Waste of time

    • Rob says:

      Others did not, however.

    • AS says:

      I am BA Silver and the first time I tried a couple of months ago, was matched to the lowest tier, Club Smart. Last week I tried again and was matched to Club Plus, so still no lounge access! Third time lucky?..

  • MrIO says:

    I cannot find the link when I log in, where is the status match page (I have set up an account).

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