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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
  • SWISS
  • 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
  • TAROM
  • 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?

Yes.

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.

Conclusion

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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  • Finn says:

    Damn, got Finnair Gold, so no matching for me right?

    • Andrew J says:

      From all accounts you’re not missing out on anything anyway.

  • alan says:

    Seems to be a data grab to pepper you with marketing material. The status is worthwhile.

  • Trystan says:

    I matched last year with BA Gold and flew KLM to Bilbao and back via Amsterdam last week. I got all the Sky Elite benefits both ways. Priority checking, the free luggage allowance, access to the crown lounge. For sure they had to input my Volare membership number when checking in and for lounge access as I couldn’t do it during the booking process, but they seemed to be aware of this glitch. For me, I will for sure use KLM to fly to Amsterdam this year instead of Finnair, it was very nice to get a complimentary sandwich and a beer and also a coffee and pastry when flying economy on all 4 legs of my last trip.
    For those saying it’s not worth it, I would strongly argue agains that.

  • Nick says:

    Applied for the status match yesterday with BA Silver, and just received match acceptance email today, with details to follow in next few days.

  • Hugo says:

    Flying KLM in business in June return to Tanzania, have Swiss M&M Frequent Flyer…wondering if this is worth my data…?

  • Lucy J says:

    Every time I try to upload a file (.jpg and under 5mb), it says invalid file:( Does anyone have an email address to send them please?

    • Rhys says:

      It did that for me too, although with PNG. I just converted it to JPG and was fine. Are you sure you are uploading JPG and not JPEG? The IT system may not be smart enough to recognise they are the same.

    • Tonode says:

      It didn’t work for me either as PNG. I converted to JPG and JPEG but it still didn’t work. Then I converted to PDF using “Print as PDF” and it worked. I got confirmation this afternoon mine had been accepted. I applied in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 20th. BA Silver

      • Lucy J says:

        Ive tried every format suggested:(

        • Tonode says:

          I think that when the error has already shown, you may only clear it by restarting the form and using the PDF format. I can also further suggest that the file name of the files you submit shouldn’t have any spaces, but I am not certain of this, as I was just using all my IT experience to troubleshoot since I work in IT.

          Both my Passport copy and the BA card were eventually submitted as PDFs after I converted the card from PNG. In addition, I also removed spaces from the file names and restarted the form when it gave the error. It finally went through.

      • Rob says:

        Go online and google ‘jpg to pdf convertor’ or ‘jpg to pdf convertor’ and convert your file, at the lowest possible level of detail to get it under 1MB. Should then work.

  • Nick says:

    I just received the upgrade to Volare Club Premium and the expiry date is showing as 01/24? Maybe it’ll just drop out on 15/04/2023, as posted in the rules, but somewhat confusing, so will just have to wait & see I guess.

  • Kirsty Moody says:

    Saying that jpeg and pdf are “invalid file” (for pic of passport) although web page says these formats are acceptable… 🤔

    • Alex D says:

      I’m having the same issue. I’ve tried uploading PDF and JPEG and I’m told invalid file. Did you find a resolution?

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