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[Expired] Apply for Spirit Airlines Elite Status Match From $49

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Do you have elite status with another airline or even a hotel program? You can jump on this limited-time elite status match opportunity to get “Free Spirit” Silver or Gold elite status for just $49 or $99, respectively.

The program will end on Sunday, April 23, at 11:59 p.m. PT, so you’ll want to get in your applications as soon as possible. Once you get approved for the status match, you’ll hold your newly-minted Spirit status for 12 months.

Spirit Airlines is well known for its unbundled fares, meaning you’ll pay for pretty much everything besides your ticket. From seat assignment fees to carry-on bags to checked bags, you can save a great deal by participating in this status match challenge.

Here are the details you should know.

New Spirit Airlines Status Match Challenge

To participate in Spirit’s status match program, you’ll need to hold elite status with one of 32 participating airline or hotel programs (detailed below). Depending on your status level, you can qualify for one of Spirit’s 2 loyalty tiers: Free Spirit Silver or Free Spirit Gold. You’ll need to submit your application by Sunday, April 23, at 11:59 p.m. PT to be considered.

If you match your status to Free Spirit Silver, you’ll pay a $49 fee. The lowest tier of Free Spirit status gets you the following benefits:

  • Earn points at a rate of 8x for fares and 16x for À La Smarte Options
  • Free Shortcut Security and Boarding
  • Free exit row seat assignment
  • Overweight baggage waiver
  • Same-day standby
  • Seat selection at check-in
  • Dedicated Guest Care line
  • Ability to create a Points Pool
  • Redemption fee waiver

Spirit ATL Self Bag Drop 4
Image Credit: Spirit Airlines

If you match your status to Free Spirit Gold, you’ll pay a $99 fee. You’ll get all of Free Spirit Silver benefits, plus:

  • Earn points at a rate of 10x for fares and 20x for À La Smarte Options
  • First checked and carry-on bag
  • Free inflight beverages and snacks
  • Zone 1 Boarding
  • Free Flight Flex (ability to modify your reservation)
  • Pet fee waiver
  • Group 2/3/4/5 seat selection at purchase

Once approved, you’ll hold Spirit status immediately for 12 months. Just note that you’ll be ineligible to take part in another Spirit status match opportunity for another 2 years.

How to Status Match to Spirit Airlines

First, you’ll need to provide your name, email address, and Free Spirit membership number. Once you advance to the next page, it’ll ask for the elite status that you hold, the loyalty number, and photo proof to verify your status.

Eligible Airline Elite Status Programs

Loyalty ProgramFree Spirit SilverFree Spirit GoldLoyalty ProgramFree Spirit SilverFree Spirit Gold
Aerolineas Argentinas Aerolíneas PlusGoldPlatinumDelta Air Lines SkyMilesSilver MedallionDelta 360, Diamond Medallion, Platinum Medallion, Gold Medallion
Aeromexico Club PremierGoldPlatinum, TitaniumFrontier Airlines FRONTIER Miles20K100K, 50K
Air Canada AeroplanPrestige 25KSuper Elite 100K, Elite 75K, Elite 50K, Elite 35KHawaiian Airlines HawaiianMilesGoldPlatinum
Alaska Airlines Mileage PlanMVPMVP 100K, MVP 75K, MVP GoldJetBlue TrueBlueMosaic+, Mosaic
American Airlines AAdvantageGoldConcierge Key, Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, PlatinumLATAM PassGold, Gold PlusBlack, Black Signature, Platinum
Avianca LifeMilesSilverDiamond, GoldSouthwest Rapid RewardsA-ListA-List Preferred, Companion Pass
Caribbean Airlines Caribbean MilesSilverExecutive Gold, GoldUnited Airlines MileagePlusPremier SilverGlobal Services, Premier 1K, Premier Gold, Premier Platinum
Copa Airlines ConnectMilesSilverPresidential Platinum, Platinum, GoldWestJet RewardsSilverGold, Platinum

Eligible Hotel Elite Status Programs

Hotel ProgramFree Spirit SilverFree Spirit GoldHotel ProgramFree Spirit SilverFree Spirit Gold
Accor – ALLSilverDiamond, Gold, PlatinumOmni Hotels & Resorts Select GuestPlatinumBlack
Best Western RewardsGoldDiamond, Diamond Select, PlatinumRadisson RewardsSilverPlatinum, Gold
Choice PrivilegesGoldDiamond, PlatinumShangri-La Hotels and Resorts Golden CircleGoldDiamond, Jade
GHA DiscoveryGoldPlatinum, TitaniumSonesta Travel PassPreferredElite
Hilton HonorsSilverDiamond, GoldTaj Hotels InnerCircleSilverPlatinum, Gold
World of HyattDiscoveristGlobalist, ExploristThe Leading Hotels of The World Leaders ClubClubSterling
IHG One RewardsSilverDiamond, Gold, Platinum, Royal AmbassadorWorld Hotels RewardsGoldDiamond, Diamond Select, Platinum
Marriott BonvoySilverAmbassador, Titanium, Platinum, GoldWyndham RewardsGoldDiamond, Platinum

Hot Tip: Did you know that many hotel chains offer complimentary elite status just by holding a cobranded card? You can then use that status to match to Free Spirit! 

Spirit Status Match Application Turnaround Time

Upgraded Points editor Juan Ruiz applied for the Free Spirit Gold status match with his World of Hyatt Globalist status. He received an approval within a few hours.

Free Spirit Status Match Approval
Image Credit: Status Match

You can also track your application status to see where it is in the process.

Final Thoughts

Spirit is offering a limited-time opportunity to match your existing status and test-drive the Free Spirit elite program. But is it worth it? Even if you fly Spirit a few times per year, you can save significantly on seat assignment and baggage fees, which can quickly stack up to hundreds of dollars.

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About Stella Shon

With a degree in media and journalism, Stella has been in the points and miles game for more than 6 years. She most recently worked as a Corporate Communications Analyst for JetBlue. Find her work in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.


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