A couple of weeks ago I wrote that Star Alliance member Copa, the Panama-based airline that used to use United’s MileagePlus as its frequent flyer program, is offering status matches.
Since all of their frequent travelers are United elites and their program is new, they’ve needed to offer a status match program.
You can send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring their service center at 1-844-287-0304 to request a match. And if you have top status with another carrier, they’ve been giving out status up to their ‘Platinum’ status level.
Copa has four elite tiers. Their Gold level is Star Alliance Gold, which means you can access United Clubs when flying United or other Star Alliance airlines same day — even on a fully domestic itinerary.
Top tier elites at other programs have been matched to their Platinum level, they have declined to give out their ‘Presidential Platinum’ status on a match.
While United Gold elites and higher get access to the lounges of non-US Star Alliance partners in the US they do not get United Club access unless they’re flying internationally. But Star Alliance Gold members of all other frequent flyer programs (like Aeroplan, Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles, Lufthansa’s Miles & More, etc) do.
One Mile at a Time reports that as a matched Platinum member he received (3) “Connect Regional Upgrades” in his account. They’re valid for a year from the date they were issued to him.
Copa’s confirmed regional upgrades will soon be valid on United, although not on the cheapest of all fares (they can also be used on Copa of course!).
These upgrade certificates confirm into the same upgrade inventory – R class – that United elites use. However, a certificate may only be used for a single United flight segment. Connecting flights require more than one certificate. United economy fare classes S, T, K, L, G and N are not upgradable with these certificates.
It’s big news not only that Copa is status matching, but that if you get matched to their Platinum level you get confirmed upgrade instruments valid on United as well!