Airlines – particularly legacy US carriers — value their elite passengers. These passengers are widely viewed by the airlines to be some of their most profitable passengers, and as such, those passengers are extended numerous perks such as priority boarding, free checked bags, and first class upgrades. For quite some time, most airlines offer published and un-published opportunities for elite passengers of its competitors called status matches or status challenges. The basic premise of a status match is that an elite member of Airline A would request and be granted equal status with Airline B once their elite credentials were verified. A status challenge is where an elite member of Airline A is granted equal status with Airline B provided that the member flies X amount of miles/points/segments in Y amount of time (months).
What is an American Airlines Status Challenge?
American Airlines currently offers varying levels of status challenge opportunities for elite passengers of rival carriers – primarily United and Delta, though YMMV with other carriers. There are currently three levels of status challenges: Continue Reading →