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Flying Blue is offering a status match to Flying Blue Gold Status (hat tip to View From The Wing) and I just took them up on the offer. The results of the status match were quick. I’ll take you through the status match process in this post.
Status Match Request
The status match request process is simple. First, navigate to the status match page here. Second, enter your information and attached a picture of your competing airline status card. I took a picture of my American Airlines Gold status card with my iPhone and uploaded that.
It’s important to note that the status match will only be good through May 30, 2013. So if you plan to use the benefits and not retain the status, better do so by May 30, 2013.
Confirmation Of Status Match
I wanted to verify the change in the Flying Blue system, so I pulled up my account through Award Wallet. Apparently the change will take some time to show in the Flying Blue system because it still showed me as an Ivory member.
Flying Blue Gold Member Benefits
The benefits of the Gold Member status match are outlined below:
Flying Blue Gold Members enjoying a wide selection of exclusive benefits, including:
- Enjoy an automatic 75% Elite bonus
- More award ticket flights
- SkyPriority makes it easier to find your way
- Preferred treatment
- Guaranteed seat in Economy Class
- Exclusive Elite reservation service
- Lounge access
- Check-in and transfer benefits
- Extra baggage allowance
- Weight concept destinations
- Carried over Level Miles
The status match process was fast and if done correctly should confirm the match was successful within seconds. The change on the Flying Blue website may take some time.
The biggest benefit will be the ability to book the elite only allocated award availability, but I haven’t yet proven this out. I’ve always seen great availability in Business Class for elite members but couldn’t book it. That should change in theory with this status match. I’ll report back the ability to book the elite only award availability soon, because as Gary said, this will benefit those with more Membership Rewards points than sense 🙂
In addition, elite members will also be able to book one-way and round-trip First Class award tickets on Air France. Air France’s Business Class is just fine for me, I really enjoyed flying Business Class on their A380, but it’s nice to have the First Class option too.