Travis first wrote about Copa’s status match opportunity last week, whereby Copa has been matching status from other airlines, all the way up to ConnectMiles Platinum status. The benefit for United flyers in having Copa Gold status or above is that it comes with Star Alliance Gold status, which gets you United Club access even when traveling domestically (United Star Gold members don’t receive lounge access when traveling domestically).
For a bit of background, Copa used to have MileagePlus as their frequent flyer program, but earlier in the year they decided to create an independent program (after all, these can be huge profit centers for the airlines). Copa seemed to be matching status from just about every program, both within Star Alliance and outside the alliance.
Earlier in the week I explained how I status matched to Copa ConnectMiles Platinum status, using my American Executive Platinum status. The status is good through February 2017, and while I’m not a big Star Alliance flyer anymore, I’ll certainly get value out of having some Star Alliance status for those times I fly with Star Alliance.
On top of that, those being matched to Platinum status were receiving three Connect Regional Upgrades, which can be used to confirm upgrades on Copa.
I encouraged others to status match as well, since the terms of these offers are often changed pretty quickly.
Not surprisingly, based on anecdotal reports it seems like Copa may have already changed the terms of their status match program. I’ve received several reports from readers who have been told the following when requesting a status match:
Greetings from ConnectMiles and thank you for contacting us.
We have received your request for a status match; however, we only make status match with airlines that are part of our region.
My guess is that they’ll continue to match MileagePlus members (since their passengers used that as a program for so long), as well as members from other airlines in “their region” (whatever that includes).
Anyway, we don’t have enough data points yet to truly know how Copa is defining “their region,” though it’s clear that something is changing. And that’s why it usually makes sense to take advantage of promotions as quickly as you can, since terms do change over time.
If you’ve requested a status match with Copa, please leave a comment below with which airline you matched from and what response you received!