A couple of weeks ago, I outlined how airline status matching works — you have elite status with one airline, which airlines are willing to comp you that same status, or let you fly a reduced number of miles to earn equivalent status in their program?
In that post I noted that “It’s rare for a non-US frequent flyer program to offer a status match” but also that Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program offered status matches up to top tier Platinum at the beginning of 2011.
It looks like Flying Blue is back with another status match offer although this time only for Gold status.
As I noted three weeks back, fellow Skyteam member Aerolineas Argentinas has a status match offer. For most US-based flyers, who won’t actually be flying Aerolineas Argentinas, this just amounts to free checked bags and priority boarding on Delta.
Skyteam doesn’t give lounge access to US members flying Delta domestically, lounge access only applies to international itineraries. So it is with Flying Blue Gold.
So again for many the Flying Blue offer just amounts to free checked bags and priority boarding on Delta, plus lounge access when flying international coach (business class travel would entail lounge access anyway).
One added benefit is the ability to book first class awards on Air France. It’s not that great a benefit because the Air France first class seat really isn’t up to the top of world standard, and always costs ‘double miles’. But it’s something they restrict to their own elite members. And for people with more American Express Membership Rewards points than sense, it’s an option.
In order to obtain the match, they want a scan of your current frequent flyer card that shows equivalent status to Gold. The offer says it’s available through May 30.
The last time they offered status matches it took an indeterminate although somewhat long period of time for a response.