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Earlier last year I booked a United Business Class award for the Weekly Flyer’s that I ended up needing to change. Since I didn’t have United status I had to result to tricks to cancel or change the award tickets for no fee. Thanks to the old United award ticket change policy I was able to modify an award ticket for free and then cancel one of the tickets due to a schedule change and have the miles put back in my account for free.
I had one ticket left that I was able to move the schedule out to middle of next year, but I wasn’t able to refund the miles since there hasn’t been a schedule change. For this reason and a hedge against future Delta Medallion changes, I’ve been seeking a status match or challenge with United.
First Status Match Attempt = Fail
My first attempt was a similar approach to the one Rapid Travel Chai took a few weeks back. I gathered my information and sent the following email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to request a status match to United’s Premier Platinum from Delta Platinum status. I have attached a copy of my most recent statement showing that I am Delta Platinum and have included the other requested information.
United Account #:
<Other Airline Platinum Account Statement>
Please advise on the status match request.
The results weren’t as anticipated. Based on a previous Continental status match, United sent the following denial message:
Dear Mr. Weekly Flyer
We’re always glad to hear from MileagePlus® members like you. Thanks for writing.
We are unable to offer a Premier Status Match Challenge since you have been matched to another airline within the last five years.
I didn’t give up on the first request and asked them in response when I had previously status matched to UNITED if it was Continental, could they make an exception. But again, got the following denial message:
We show that you were matched by Continental OnePass in 2009. The matched status that was awarded was valid from November 2009 through January 2011.
Since that approach wasn’t going to work for me I pretty much gave up for the past few weeks.
Second Status Match Attempt = Homerun
I had all but given up on a United status match for a few years until I came across an official status match program from my current company. After filling out a company specific form with the exact information I had already provided a few weeks back, I sent the same information to a slightly different email address, email@example.com.
Shortly after sending the information, 12 hours to be exact, I received the following message confirming my status match to United Premier Platinum from Delta Platinum Medallion.
Dear Mr. Weekly Flyer,
It is my pleasure to inform you that your request for Premier Platinum status has been granted!
Your Premier benefits and privileges are effective immediately and your Premier credentials should arrive in 3-4 weeks. Until your Premier card arrives, you may print a card online. Please visit www.united.com and from the “My Account” page, click “Print Duplicate MileagePlus Card.” For help with reservations you may contact the Premier Line at 800-225-8900.
Please visit our website: http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/mileageplus/premier/default.aspx for complete details about the Premier program. Here you will find how to maintain your Premier status and the many exciting benefits of being a United Airlines Premier Platinum member. Please visit our website: http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/mileageplus/default.aspx for complete details about the MileagePlus program.
We realize you have a choice of airline carriers and are pleased you decided to select United Airlines.
I was able to submit my status match to have my Delta Platinum status matched to United’s Premier Platinum status. But other airline programs have different status match levels. Here is a breakdown of the other airline’s status levels with United through the status match.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Within 12 hours of submitting the request, my new status is already reflected in my account summary on United.
Status matching to United Premier Platinum will allow me to realize all the benefits of the status including the most important one in my opinion, the no fee for award changes.
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