United Airlines has now updated its status match program to include US Airways now that it is no longer a Star Alliance member.
United Airlines doesn’t do straight status matches, but upgrades your MileagePlus status to Silver, Gold or Platinum for 90 day period during which you need to fly certain number or PQM’s (Premier Qualifying miles) or PQS’ (Premier Qualifying Segments).
You can access this offer on United’s website here.
Note that United won’t entertain status matches if you have done previously with current United (former Continental Airlines) in the past five years.
Status Match Requirements
The flight or segment requirements have stayed the same.
The ideal time to do the match would be now, as the 90 day period would stretch over the July 1, 2014, that would stretch the newly acquired status validity all the way until January 31, 2016.
United just added the US Airways in addition to Delta on the chart that it has up on United.com. United does, however, matched other airlines too as long as they are not Star Alliance members.
Note that United has done some matched to 1K status for Delta Diamond members, but it is unclear if they still do. The flight requirement for the 1K match has been 35,000 PQM’s
How To Request Challenge
To be considered for Premier status through this promotion, please send your request with all necessary information by email, fax or postal mail, as follows.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax 605-343-4104
- Postal mail
Mileage Plus Service Center
Attn: Premier Status Match
P.O. Box 6120
Rapid City, SD 57709-6121
- Your MileagePlus account number (If you are not yet a member, join today.)
- Your name, complete current mailing address and email address
- A copy of your most recent mileage summary or 2014 membership card that clearly identifies your current elite status in the frequent flyer program you are matching from
Please allow 7-14 business days for processing after receipt of your request.
Confirmation will be sent by email if your request is approved.
A LoyaltyLobby reader did a match last week that was processed within 5 hours, although it says above that it can take 7 to 14 business days.
I would have expected United to offer status matches for US Airways elites without the requirement of flying certain number of miles/segments during the 90 day period.
You should take advantage of the match only if you know that you can actually fulfill the requirement, as you cannot do these back to back.
Here are the terms and conditions of this status match offer:
Offer valid for qualifying paid travel completed within 90 days from time of account upgrade (the “Offer Period”).”).Participation does not guarantee Premier status. Matched status will expire after 90 days, unless the matched level or a higher level of Premier status is earned or awarded prior to that date. Valid on flights operated by United, United Express, Copa Airlines, and Copa Airlines Colombia. Not valid on United- or Copa-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers. Flights must be posted to the MileagePlus account in order to qualify. MileagePlus award travel does not qualify for this offer. Class-of-service bonus Premier qualifying miles (PQM) and Premier qualifying segments (PQS) will count toward this offer; however, other bonus PQM/PQS, promotional PQM/PQS, and/or credit card PQM do not count toward this offer. Other restrictions may apply. Offer subject to change without notice. Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the program. United, its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. United reserves the right to change or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time without notice. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, visit united.com/mileageplus. (TB8230)