Upgrd 32: Match Game

This week we revisit elite status matching on the different airlines. Generally status matching is a one time event, so if you are going to match proceed carefully. In addition to airline status matches we discuss some recent airline news including:

Our main topic covers status matching on the following airlines:

Please leave a comment below on any points we missed.

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spkg August 16, 2009 at 01:21 pm

I think i was Hunter who mentioned there were alot of great fares from LAX-SYD on DL to qualify for diamond. I'm in the same boat, and trying to reach diamond. (i'll be at around 100,000 by the end of the year without any MRs) Can i ask where are you getting these good fares. All the ones i've found are $800+. That's more than 5 cpm? Am I missing somthing here?

Lucky August 17, 2009 at 02:44 pm

Yes, you're missing the fact that it's Hunter providing the advice on great mileage run deals. ;)

Sorry about the confusion - the sale has ended, and it's not the best deal anymore. I'm of the "I want the easiest thing possible" school, so despite the fact that the BE fares have also gone up, the ~2600 round trip is still an OK deal to me. More importantly, it's not a hard way to pull ~22,500 miles.

hermanni August 21, 2009 at 01:54 pm

About Lufthansa not doing status matching - oh yes they do. They are aggressively advertising their current status match campaign in several European countries. With an European address you could easily match your AA card to a LH card, or any non-Star Alliance card. I matched my BA Gold to a Lufthnsa Senator status. See http://milesandmore-aktionen.de/status/?cc=FI_EN

NWAsilvELITE September 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Hey guys. I was catching up on some of the podcasts and while listening to this one, I think you forgot to mention one thing. Unless I am wrong, I think that many of these programs only allow you to match / comp status once in a lifetime? Is that the case because after reading many threads on FT, it appears that this is what many are finding out? Not a big deal right now going for NWA Plat, which was a great comping come year end as was discussed in the podcast.

I think we need to get into further into the hotel matching programs (SPG, IC, and Hilton) and what are the pluses and minuses of each (upgrades to room type, suites, % of UG hits, point bonuses, exec. lounge priv, welcome gifts, etc.) and how many times you can do this as well.