Back in July I wrote about Virgin America introducing elite status levels to their Elevate program, which come with some pretty decent benefits. The elite tiers were revenue based, with Silver status requiring $4,000 of spend annually on Virgin America, and Gold requiring $10,000 of spend annually on Virgin America.
Well it seems they’ve now launched a status match program for American and United elites, with the following tiers corresponding:
- A copy or screenshot of your most recent mileage summary showing your name and current elite level.
- Or, a copy of your membership card that identifies your name and current elite level in the United Air Lines or American Airlines frequent flyer program.
The status match will be valid through April 30, 2013, and to maintain status beyond that you have to do one of the following:
Those earning requirements are much less than what’s usually required for status, which is 20,000 status points for Silver (the equivalent of $4,000 of spend) or 50,000 status points for Gold (the equivalent of $10,000 of spend. Instead you only need 8,000 status points to maintain Silver (the equivalent of $1,600 in spend) or 12,000 status points for Gold (the equivalent of $2,400 in spend). And as you can see that spend requirement is cut even further if you have the Virgin America Visa Signature card (in the interest of full disclosure that’s my affiliate link).
Virgin America elite benefits are as follows:
As you can see above the benefits include free checked bags, bonus Elevate points, priority security, and priority boarding. But there are also upgrade benefits, including complimentary space available Main Cabin Select upgrades as well as the ability to pay to upgrade to first class earlier than non-elite members can.
While status matches are once in a lifetime, something tells me it’ll be once in Virgin America’s lifetime and not our lifetime, as their expiration date is likely coming up pretty soon.
Regardless, a great opportunity if you’re planning on flying them anytime soon!
(Tip of the hat to Alex)