Status match: get Silver, Gold, Platinum in United MileagePlus

By David Flynn , January 23 2012
Status match: get Silver, Gold, Platinum in United MileagePlus

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.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

09 May 2011

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Would UA codeshare flights also count here? Or would they need to be UA-operated? Otherwise, it's a pretty nasty deal.

24 Oct 2010

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Do you mean, would your status be valid for UA codeshares? Don't see why not. I don't mind the deal myself – sure, not as good as a full year, and this is really aimed at US flyers, but for Aussies doing a one-off UA trip (eg SYD-SFO) it's better than a poke in the eye with a blunt TSA-approved plastic eating utensil.

09 May 2011

Total posts 294

In particular I mean for the "retain status" thing -- would taking, say, an Air NZ flight on a UA codeshare (tickets for these do extist and are sold by UA), count towards the minimum number of flights?

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2404

A reading of the T&Cs at the page linked at foot of the article indicates not – "Valid on flights operated by United, United Express, Copa Airlines, Continental, Continental Express®, Continental Connection™ and not on United- or Continental-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers." Which is a Bugger™, but in keeping with this mainly being for the US market where travellers are more likely to rack up miles on those core US airlines instead of international codeshare partners. All the same, I'm headed to the US in April and will sign up for this in case it comes in handy on domestic flights!


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