Got a trip on United Airlines coming up this year? If so, make a note to take up United's MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge.
That marketing mouthful translates into three months' of Premier Silver, Gold or Platinum status with United's frequent flyer program, delivering you a handful of benefits such as extra checked luggage allowance and earning more points when you fly.
The promotion is open to December 31, 2012, but your newly-minted status is valid for only 90 days – during which you need to complete a specific number of United-Continental flights to remain at that membership level.
But even if your United trip is likely to be a once-only affair we suggest you jump in and sign up anyway, just to get those one-off perks.
Just be sure to apply for the status match well ahead of your flight, as United advises that processing your request can take 7-14 business days.
To qualify for the MileagePlus status match you'll need to hold equivalent Silver, Gold or Platinum status with the frequent flyer program of almost any airline, not just US competitors American and Delta. However, United stresses that "customers who hold Star Alliance Silver or Gold status are excluded from this offer."
For more details, click through to United's MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge page.