Avianca joined the Star Alliance in mid-2012, which was an exciting development. Most points hobbyists have heard of them, even if they haven’t flown them yet. That’s because their LifeMiles frequent flyer program has frequently been selling miles at a discount, making them a great way to book Star Alliance airlines in premium cabins at a discount.
What many don’t realize is that Avianca Brazil joined the Star Alliance over the summer. They’re a separate airline with a separate frequent flyer program. While their Amigo frequent flyer program isn’t as lucrative as LifeMiles, it is worth noting that Avianca Brazil is presently offering status matches.
Between October 1 and November 30, 2015, Avianca Brazil is offering those with status in another program a status match. The status match page is only in Portuguese, though using Google Translate, here’s what it says:
If you own one of the highest categories of loyalty programs of other airlines, you can now have the unique benefits of the Program PAL and Star Alliance.
To take advantage of this opportunity, please send an email to email@example.com with a copy of your loyalty program card from another airline, with your full name and FRIEND number.
Based on their status match chart, it seems they’ll match all the way up to their top tier Diamond status, and status will be valid through March 31, 2017:
That being said, unless you plan on flying Avianca Brasil, it doesn’t really matter whether you get Gold or Diamond status, since both get you Star Alliance Gold status:
It seems like it could take up to 30 days from the end of the promotion for status matches to be processed, though in practice it could also be quite a bit faster than that:
Offer valid 10/01/2015 to 11/30/2015. Only cards within the validity and ownership of the same will be valid for promotion. The category upgrade will be granted within 30 (thirty) days from the end of the promotion. The PAL Program reserves the right to request further proof of the category of other loyalty programs, to assess the granting of category equivalence. Any requests that do not contain the required data or accompanied by readable documentation will not be considered for participation in this promotion.
Do keep in mind that Copa ConnectMiles is also status matching at the moment, though they have some restrictions as to which airlines they’ll match. I took advantage of the opportunity to status match to ConnectMiles Platinum, and also love that it comes with three upgrade certificates.
Ultimately I think the Copa ConnectMiles status match is a bit more straightforward, though it’s nice to have options. I’m not sure how long the Avianca Brasil status match opportunity will remain available, so if you’re interested I’d recommend status matching sooner rather than later.
Star Alliance Gold status with a non-US airline is a great way to access United Clubs, even when on domestic itineraries (meanwhile if you have status with United, you only get lounge access when traveling internationally).
Do you plan on taking advantage of either the Avianca Brasil or Copa status match opportunities?
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)