Through May 30, 2013, Air France’s Flying Blue frequent flyer program is offering status matches to Gold level in their frequent flyer program.
The offer seems to be available to Gold members (which I assume equates to mid-tier elite members) of any alliance frequent flyer program. You simply have to fill out the short form with your name, frequent flyer numbers, and a scan of your elite card to be eligible.
There are three uses of this:
- Free checked bags on all SkyTeam flights
- Priority boarding on all SkyTeam flights
- The ability to book Air France first class award tickets, as they only release award space to elite members of their own Flying Blue program. However, you can only redeem for first class at the “flex” level, which is extremely expensive — think 200,000+ miles one-way in first class between the US and Europe. Still, having status with them is literally the only way to book a first class award on Air France (which frankly doesn’t seem like that great of an experience anyway, but whatever).
Doubt I’ll be taking advantage of this, unless I’m really desperate to sample Air France Airbus 380 first class, as it’s the only first class Airbus 380 product not really accessible on miles.
(Tip of the hat to Gary)