US Airways doesn’t do status matches, if you want expedited elite status they will sell you a ‘challenge’ where you get temporary status for 90 days and then have an opportunity to fly to keep that status on an accelerated basis.
Trial silver costs $200, trial Gold $400, and trial Platinum $600.
Then your travel on US Airways flights determines whether or not you keep status:
- Silver: Fly 7,500 miles or 10 segments
- Gold: Fly 15,000 miles or 20 segments
- Platinum: Fly 22,500 miles or 30 segments
- Chairmans: Fly 30,000 miles or 40 segments
Here’s something that’s implied by their chart, but that I didn’t actually know — the level you pay to sign up for is just the amount of temporary status that you have during your 90 day challenge. Put another way, the status you actually receive is determined solely by the amount you fly during your challenge. If you sign up for a Silver Preferred challenge, but you fly 22,500 miles in 90 days, you actually do get to keep Platinum status! You do not need to pay $600 for a Platinum challenge in order to earn and keep Platinum. You can do a Silver challenge for $200 and then fly enough to earn Platinum (or to earn Chairmans) on an expedited basis.
Something I learned from Jeanne’s experience that I didn’t already know, and always assumed that the opposite was the case. Don’t know how many this will help, but one to file away for those interested in challenging for status on US Airways, also useful because you do not already need to have status with any airline in order to do this.