United Status Match More Than Once in Five Years?


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For those readers who’ve been with us for a while, you know we are loyal Delta flyers. We’ve had a dalliance in the past with American Airlines, but recently found ourselves in a situation where we might need to fly United Airlines. So we set out to see if it’s possible to request and receive a United status match more than once in five years. In this post, we’ll highlight the results.

United Status Match

The formal United status match process is easy to complete. To request a status match you simply have to do the following:

  • Click this link to be directed to the United Status Match Form
  • Submit your MileagePlus account number
  • Add your name, mailing address and email address
  • And include a copy of your most recent mileage summary
    • Make sure it has your expiration date on it.

United Status Match More Than Once

United Status Match

If your status match is approved, you will have the appropriate United status within 7-10 days.

I submitted my United Status Match and received this confirmation email in response.

United Status Match More Than Once

United Status Match Levels

The United status that you are matched to, depends on the status with which you request. Below is a summary of the status matches that are available for other airline members.

For those of you that are Delta members, you can only be matched to Premier Platinum with United from Delta Platinum status.

For those of you with American Airlines, the same goes from you from American’s Platinum Pro status.

United Status Match More Than Once

United Status Match Requirements

Once status matched, you’ll have the appropriate status for a 90 day period. If you’d like to keep it for the rest of the year, you’ll have to meet the requirements in the matrix above.

For Platinum status, you’ll need to complete 18,000 PQMs or 22 PQS (segments) with United or United Express.

United Status Match Results

It only took a day after my submission to receive my response. I was optimistic that my status match would go through and I’d eventually be able to start enjoying the amazing United Platinum status benefits including:

Benefits

However my response was not so favorable. My status match request response is below:

As it turns out, you are only able to request and complete status match once every five years. Somehow I forgot this or I forgot that I had requested it in the last five years.

United Status Match More Than Once

Bottom Line

The United Status Match offers a 90 day status match to United status levels, up to Premier Platinum. To retain the status for the rest of the year, you’ll need to meet the thresholds.

If you are like me, and have already submitted a personal status match once in the last 5 years, you will likely not be approved for the status match.

Instead, you’ll have to try the next option like me, the corporate status match! Stay tuned for the results of the next status match round using this alternative approach.

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Comments

  1. I had this happen to me recently. I applied last fall for a match and never got a confirmation. Applied again a month ago and was denied since apparently it was approved without my knowledge. United did not care. I created a new Milage plus account from my work email and submitted it with the same credentials. Approved in 48 hours. Im not saying it was right, but it is a way….just sayin…maybe it’ll help you out.

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