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Virgin Atlantic’s current status match promotion allows certain U.S.-based frequent flyers to match their status to the U.K.-based carrier’s frequent flyer program, known as Flying Club.
If you’re a top-tier American AAdvantage or United MileagePlus elite member, you’ll be able to match your status instantly to Flying Club Silver or Gold status.
But there’s a catch, which we’ll discuss below.
Get Virgin Atlantic Elite Status in a Few Clicks
Members of American Airlines, United, and a host of international airline frequent flyer programs are eligible to match their status with Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club. Delta SkyMiles Medallion status is already acknowledged by Virgin Atlantic thanks to the joint venture between the 2 airlines.
To receive your shiny new Virgin Atlantic status, head over to Virgin’s status match form and provide the airline with some information. The first requirement is easy: provide a photo or screenshot of your current airline status.
Now, for the catch we mentioned earlier: you’ll also need to prove that you have an upcoming Virgin Atlantic flight — booked in any cabin class — to match with Silver. If you’re shooting for Gold, you’ll need a flight in premium economy (Premium) or business class (Upper Class). If you don’t have a flight booked already, this could prove to be an expensive status match.
|Status Matched To Flying Club||Eligible U.S.-Based Status Holders||Upcoming Virgin flight booked|
|Virgin Atlantic Gold||Premium economy (Premium) or business class (Upper Class)|
|Virgin Atlantic Silver||
||Any cabin class|
Your shiny new Flying Club status will be valid for 12 months from the date the status match is accepted, which could take up to 30 days. You’ll be eligible to retain your new status when you earn 1,000 Tier Points as a Gold member or 400 Tier Points as a Silver member.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Elite Status: What Do You Get?
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has 3 status tiers: Red, Silver, and Gold. With this promotion, you can match to Silver and Gold — and fortunately, they come with the most benefits.
Silver benefits include 30% more Virgin Points on flights, premium check-in, and free seat selection with “Economy Light” (basic economy) fares.
Status matches are a great way to be rewarded for the time and money you’ve spent earning your airline status with 1 particular airline — especially when it costs you nothing to do so.
While this latest status match from Virgin is technically free, the requirement to have a flight booked does muddy the waters a little. If you’re not a Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer and would need to book a flight just to be eligible for this status match, then chances are you won’t even benefit from the Silver or Gold status anyway.
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