Virgin Atlantic has rolled out an aggressive status match promotion aimed at snaring top-tier frequent flyers from competing airlines.
The deal will give eligible travellers Gold or Silver status in Virgin's Flying Club loyalty scheme, based on their existing status with American AAdvantage, British Airways Executive Club, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, Jet Airways JetPrivileges, South African Airways Voyager, and United MileagePlus.
Here's how the frequent flyer tiers line up:
Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club status match is valid for a full 12 months of perks such as lounge access, priority checkin and priority boarding, free seat selection, bonus frequent flyer miles and one extra piece of checked luggage. Similar perks apply when you fly with Virgin Atlantic partner Delta Air Lines.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold also has some benefits with Virgin Australia including lounge access, priority check-in and Premium Entry at Sydney and Brisbane, priority security screening and boarding.
There's one caveat in all of this, however: Virgin Atlantic requires that you have one future booking with the airline – so the usual copy of "your other airline’s frequent flyer statement" alone won't cut the mustard.
For more details, click through to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club status match promotion page.