Virgin Atlantic has launched a new status match promotion that allows 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 an 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 1 small catch, which we’ll discuss below.
Get Virgin Atlantic Elite Status in a Few Clicks
Flying Club is extending the eligibility of its current status match from just British Airways Executive Club elite members to those of the following airlines: American, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, South African Airways, and United.
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, you’ll need to head to Virgin’s status match form and provide the airline with a couple of pieces of 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. If you don’t have a flight booked already, this could prove to be an expensive status match.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Elite Status: What Do You Get?
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has 3 status levels: Red, Silver, and Gold. Silver and Gold are the levels you can match to in this promotion, and fortunately, they come with the most benefits.
Silver benefits include 30% more Virgin Points on flights, access to premium check-in, and free seat selection with “Economy Light” (basic economy) fares.
Gold members receive 60% more Virgin Points, access to Upper Class check-in, Clubhouse and London Heathrow Revivals lounge access no matter which cabin you’re flying, and extra checked luggage.
To match to Virgin Atlantic Gold status, you’ll need to have top-tier American AAdvantage Executive Platinum or United MileagePlus Premier 1K status. For Silver, you’ll need to be an American AAdvantage Platinum Pro or United MileagePlus Premier Platinum member.
The Fine Print
You’re eligible for the status match whether you’re a longtime Flying Club member or a complete newbie (signing up is simple).
Your shiny new Flying Club status will be valid for 12 months from the date the status match is accepted, and 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.
Hot Tip: Learn about the best ways to earn lots of Virgin Points and the best ways to redeem Virgin Points for maximum value.
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 to complete the match 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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