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I don’t fly a lot for work, so airline elite status (free bags, ability to jump lines, bonus miles etc.) doesn’t matter to me. I’d rather have hotel elite status instead because I spend more time in hotels than in planes!
But for those of you who do like airline elite status, via Frequently Flying, United is offering to match your existing airline entry and mid-tier status to their Premier Silver, Premier Gold, and Premier Platinum. However, they won’t match your existing Star Alliance Gold or Silver status.
Unfortunately, this promotion doesn’t match you to United’s top tier Global Services and 1K status either.
This status match challenge is a bit restrictive and you have to fly a certain amount of miles or segments within 3 months to retain your matched United status. If you don’t complete the minimum requirements, you lose the matched status.
You have to complete the required flying on flights operated by United, Continental, United Express or Copa Airlines. This means that flights on Star Alliance partners (Lufthansa, Swiss etc.) won’t count!
You can’t take part if you have previously matched your status to United or Continental in the last 5 years.
And you don’t get access to Star Alliance lounges and certain other partner airline benefits immediately.
I could match my American Airline lifetime Gold status to United, but since I don’t have any United flights in the next 90 days, it doesn’t make sense for me to do so.
Bottom Line: This could be worth considering for those of you that do fly a lot and would like to try elite status at United.
(Hat Tip to Frequently Flying!)