Now that it’s almost July 1 and the industry has changed a bit, I thought it was time for a status match post.
Back in February I posted about status matching to NW, saying that it’s basically a “free” status match, since I doubt the new DL system would pick up on those that have status matched with NW in the past and disqualify them. Now that it’s almost July 1, you could still status match to NW and have status through Feb. of 2010. This is particularly tempting because for the time being it still means upgrades on both CO and NW, not to mention when the time comes status in the new airline.
Similarly, now that CO and UA have announced an alliance, status matches will likely no longer happen between the two carriers starting on the alliance date (which could still be a year from now). Considering that CO is the only legacy carrier to match to top tier (Platinum), it’s awfully tempting to do a status match. Matching after June 1 would give CO status through Feb. 2010 as well, and since they’ll be joining the Star Alliance, miles might actually be worth something with them. While their current award prices are a bit higher than UA, Platinum members do earn a 125% mileage bonus, so that makes up for it a bit.
While I don’t plan on leaving UA, I enjoy a little bit of variety once in a while, especially if I can get top tier. While I think Star Alliance is by far the best, I’ve done basically all of the Star carriers and would like to try out the international premium products of CO, Dl, and NW, as crazy as it might sound.
Decisions, decisions…. so is anyone planning any status matches as a result of the new situation, or is everyone sticking to their airlines?