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While I don't have direct experience with status matching to VA, I often find myself in a similar situation--because I do much of my flying internationally on partners, I often end the year with lots of status credits, but a deficit of segments. VA has made it clear to me that as a renewing member, the segment requirement isn't negotiable, but obviously that isn't quite your situation. From what I've heard, and based on the StatusMatcher.com stats, it doesn't look like VA is in the business of formal status matches--but the Velocity support team is empowered to do an early card upgrade at their discretion. This generally happens when you're a few SCs short of your tier, and have an upcoming flight. I've never heard of the same thing happening for sectors, though--maybe that's because this situation is much rarer. If you can get to the premium support team, they're the people to ask--I'd steer clear of calling it a status match, and as you've said focus on the early upgrade aspect. If VA won't play ball, don't despair, though. In the interim, your DL Diamond status has significant partner benefits on VA as well, and with a little careful management, you can most certainly take advantage of your benefits while earning segments on VA.
Expediting your segment qualifications is also pretty straightforward, if you don't mind a little extra flying, especially if you'll be traveling beyond LAX into the United States. Keep in mind that all flights booked on a VA flight number count as segments, so on both ends you can usually add a connection that counts as a segment. For example, flying from SYD to SFO, you can get four segments one way by flying SYD-BNE-LAX-SFO, with a VA codeshare on the final DL flight. There are often cheap domestic routings with extra stops that you can book at little extra cost. When my family or I are down on segments, I'll often schedule a direct turn to OOL on the way to CBR. Thus, for example, a single segment SYD-CBR turns into a three-segment SYD-OOL-SYD-CBR for just a few dollars over direct.
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