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

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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.

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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.  Virgin Atlantic, on the other hand, ran a status match for British Airways customers in 2021.

(Virgin Atlantic now openly matches the airline status of anyone with a Premium or Upper Class flight booked – see here.)

I have written about specific matches on Head for Points in the past.  Hilton and IHG have been very aggressive over the last year – you will normally be given status for 90 days or so with the chance to retain that status by doing a handful of stays. Keep an eye on HfP to be notified about these offers as they come and go.

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 run a Platinum Elite challenge in the past for example – it is how I first got my Bonvoy (well, Marriott Rewards as was) top tier status – although I am not sure if it is running at present.

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 (22)

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  • Alex Sm says:

    What _could_ prompt BA to change its approach to that? Even if we just speculate for now

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Declining customer acquisition I would suspect would prompt a debate

    • Yakov says:

      Right now the number of customers with status is probably an all-time high. Once is goes down in 2024 following some people failing to requalifying with the pre-covid thresholds, it will possibly be on the cards.

  • yonasl says:

    I wouldn’t mind matching to VA gold as I am BA gold until 2024 thanks to the reduced tier points threshold.

    What I cannot figure out with VA is how much does it takes to keep the status. They mention having to earn 1,000 TP but while I am familiar with BA charts (140 to US, 80-40 in Europe) with VA I may end up travelling more with KLM or AF so it gets a little complicated. Has anyone got a summary of the earning tables?

      • yonasl says:

        Thank you Rob! Very informative (I wonder if you need to update the mentions to flying blue and sky team however)

        I find the TP requirements quite high. BA’s silver is a nice sweet spot and can be achieved with a couple of return business class (LH) flights and some more activity (a single Europe business class flight for instance).

        Meanwhile with VA/Flight blue you need to get to gold (silver being useless). For that you have to make 5 long haul return business class flights. Premium is half the TPs (while BA gives you 90 vs 140).

  • Lady London says:

    Sites like statusmatcher rely on your contributions of your own success or failure in getting a match, to work. So please consider also sharing as well as using as a reference.

  • Ryan says:

    Statusmatcher ‘does’ give you and Statusmatcher ‘does’ offer a useful service. The negativity in this article is breathtaking.

    • yorkieflyer says:

      How is that negative?

      • Ryan says:

        Look up the connotation of using the word ‘does’.

      • Ryan says:

        Has there been other articles where the author says ‘I think HFP readers should know about’?

        There’s a breath of dubiety in the language throughout the article.

        • Rob says:

          This article was originally written in 2013, so almost a decade old. It gets partially rewritten every time we update it but the standard language goes back to the very beginning of the site.

  • HughM says:

    I used statusmatcher this week after joining Avis President’s club through my new Barclaycard World Elite Mastercard. Got accepted as an executive by Europcar: it could make a marginal difference (Corsa rather than Fiat 500).

    Do these unofficial status matches cross boundaries, e.g. car hire –> hotel?

    • Patrick says:

      There used to be in reverse, some airline statuses would given you car hire (LH or AF for instance)
      There used to be a way with Radisson, giving you Sixt Platinum, but it was ages ago and I’m not sure whether this is still valid

  • Nick says:

    Bit of a niche admittedly, but BA is currently (and quietly, but they’ll do it without question) offering status match to customers with a home address in any of the major UA cities in the US. You can probably see from this where they consider the current threat to be…

  • cinereus says:

    Data have.

  • Aceman says:

    VS denied my status match from BA gold because I once had silver with them. (Possibly through an accelerated promo or straight comp from something). Was told that since I “couldn’t maintain” the status it was pointless them matching it. Must have been 5+ years ago. Guess they hold a grudge. So make sure you will actually use it

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