Virgin America matching United, AA elite status

This just in from Virgin America— something I’ve been waiting for for a while now… will you take Virgin up on the offer? Is it enough to force you to break away from your Mileage Plus addiction? Please leave your comments below! 

Here’s Virgin’s announcement:

This week, we’ve just launched a status match program where, between now and April 30, 2013, qualifying elite level flyers from United Airlines and American Airlines’ frequent flyer programs will be able to request matched status to Virgin America’s Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver Status levels without giving up their status (or any points/miles) in their current program.

Applicants will need to sign up for the Elevate program if not already a member, and can expect their Elevate status to be updated within 7 to 14 days after submitting their application. Approved members will receive their new Elevate status good through April 30, 2013, and will have an opportunity to retain their status through the end of 2013 by earning sufficient status points by flying Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. For full details please see: www.virginamerica.com/statusmatch.

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As you may remember, this summer, Virgin America launched a suite of enhancements to its Elevate frequent flyer program this summer – including the new Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver Status levels.  Matched members from United’s MileagePlus and American’s AAdvantage programs will get to enjoy almost all the benefits currently offered to Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver members during this period – such as: points earning bonuses, priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; free checked bag allowances; enhanced digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin. 

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  • Sam

    I have a question for other readers:
    I’ve been having a long term relationship with UA, but have considered breaking up since ‘the other woman’, Miss Continental came on the scene. I travel both internationally (mostly to LHR) and domestically for business so my question relates to how well linked the Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America loyalty schemes are? Unless they are intechangeable in terms of benefits, it’s really not worth it. I’ve scoured both web sites to no avail. Also, can you still transfer Amex points directly into Virgin miles? I did have status on Virgin Atlantic a long long time ago, but let it lapse.
    Thank you!

  • Dean

    Good news! I have already changed my flying, where practical, to Virgin America because they are great. But, they are still route and schedule “poor” and need to step it up for this latest move to really be impactful.

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