Italy’s ITA Volare Offering Elite Status Match

Italy’s ITA Volare Offering Elite Status Match

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Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways), Italy’s new national airline, launched operations as of October 15, 2021. The airline has been offering a status match opportunity. I wanted to recap this since it’s ending soon, and also share my experience with a status match (as I just completed the process today).

ITA Volare status match details

Through November 30, 2021, ITA’s Volare frequent flyer program is running a status match campaign. Specifically, the airline is offering status matches from 24 different airline loyalty programs.

How does the status match work? First of all, if you’re not yet a member of the ITA Volare program, you should first register. Once you’ve done that, send an email to [email protected] with the following details:

  • Email subject: “program of origin” – “status of origin”
  • Body text: name; surname; “program of origin”; “status of origin”
  • Attach a legible copy of your current valid frequent flyer card (digital or physical) and a copy of your ID card (pdf format, jpg)

If your status match is approved, your status will be updated by December 31, 2021, and will then be valid for 12 months.

Here are the 24 airline frequent flyer programs that ITA Volare is matching (and obviously you’d need to have some status in order to match — just being a member isn’t enough):

  • Aeroflot – Aeroflot Bonus
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas – Aerolíneas Plus
  • Air Europa – Suma
  • Alitalia – Millemiglia
  • Air France/KLM – Flying Blue
  • American Airlines – AAdvantage
  • ANA – Mileage Club
  • British Airways – Executive Club
  • Czech Airlines – OK Plus
  • Delta Airlines – SkyMiles
  • Emirates – Skywards
  • Iberia – Iberia Plus
  • Korean Air – SKYPASS
  • Lufthansa – Miles & More
  • Middle East Airlines – Cedar Miles
  • Qatar Airlines – Privilege Club
  • Royal Jordanian – Royal Club
  • Saudia – Alfursan
  • Singapore Airlines – KrisFlyer
  • Swiss – Miles & More
  • TAP Air Portugal – Miles & Go
  • TAROM – Sky Team
  • Turkish Airlines – Miles & Smiles
  • United Airlines – MileagePlus

Should you request an ITA Volare status match?

So, is it worth status matching to ITA Volare? There are still a lot of unknowns about ITA, as the airline only slowly launched operations several weeks ago. The first thing that’s interesting is that ITA has joined the SkyTeam alliance, which means you’ll have access to some reciprocal elite perks. In other words, there could be benefits like a free checked bag or priority boarding when flying with other airlines, like Delta.

Furthermore, ITA Airways is matching elite status all the way up to the top tier. What are the benefits of status in the program, though? While the details are somewhat vague as of now, here’s what we know:

  • ITA Volare Plus is the entry level elite tier, and offers priority waitlisting, free ancillary services, dedicated customer service, and business class check-in
  • ITA Volare Premium is the middle elite tier, and offers lounge access, 24/7 dedicated customer service, priority boarding, and a dedicated onboard reception
  • ITA Volare Executive is the top elite tier, and offers free checked golf equipment, lounge access (including with a guest), food & drinks free of charge, invitations to exclusive events, and a dedicated reception

I think it’s worth taking a few minutes to match status with ITA Volare, because why not? This is a new(ish) airline, and it belongs to SkyTeam, so I imagine opportunities this generous won’t always be around.

My ITA Volare status match experience

I figured I’d request an ITA Volare status match just for fun, and wanted to share my experience. I first had to register for the ITA Volare program, which was a straightforward process.

After entering some basic information I was signed up, and just had to click a link in an email to complete the registration.

The next confirmation email contained a link directly to the status match page.

Note that when you register for the ITA Volare program you aren’t initially issued a frequent flyer number. That’s not an issue, as that’s not even needed to request a status match. At that point I emailed [email protected] with this very basic info:

  • Email subject: “program of origin” – “status of origin”
  • Body text: name; surname; “program of origin”; “status of origin”
  • Attach a legible copy of your current valid frequent flyer card (digital or physical) and a copy of your ID card (pdf format, jpg)

At first I screwed up because I just sent a screenshot of my American AAdvantage Executive Platinum account. My physical Executive Platinum card is expired, so I figured that wouldn’t work. That was rejected, but then I remembered that I could access a digital elite card through the American Airlines app, so I sent a screenshot of that. A day later I received confirmation that I had been matched all the way to the Executive tier.

Bottom line

Italy’s new national airline is offering a status match campaign for elite members of other frequent flyer programs. This is valid through November 30, 2021, so if you’re interested you’ll want to apply soon. I found the process of requesting a status match to be pretty straightforward. Whether or not this actually comes in handy at some point remains to be seen.

Do you plan on requesting an ITA Volare status match?

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  1. Jim F. Guest

    Strange...I, too, have EP status with AA but my match was only to ITA's "Premium" status; what gives?

  2. Alfredbali Guest

    Thanks for the reminder Benjamin, aplication process very quick and easy.

    1. GregsDC Guest

      Where is this “digital elite card through the American Airlines app” you speak of? Have looked through seemingly every screen and see no such thing. Would love a pro tip here!

    2. GregsDC Guest

      Sorry, I obviously "replied" to the wrong comment. Question still stands, if anyone can advise.

  3. Scott Schultz Guest

    Requested via their website after I registered. Used my BA Silver status to match to their Premium status.

  4. Lars Guest

    LH Senator only matched to Premier (which is Elite). Ridiculous

  5. Clemson New Member

    Just did this today and it was very simple. Registered, immediately requested a status match (you no longer need to send an email, once you create an account you can request the match on their website) and matched my UA 1k to Executive status. They confirmed the match within an hour or two of my request.

  6. Tony Guest

    FWIW - I tried to match AA Gold to this and got a response that they couldn't match as it wasnt a "premium" tier. Emailed back to ask what counted. If I get a response I will let you all know.

  7. Chris Guest

    Matched BA Gold to thier Executive level. Happy with that.

  8. Patrick Doak Guest

    It’s horrible. I’ve tried several times to match Alitalia, United and AA. Since I don’t have a actual card for any of these airlines they reject it even though you print off your account and send it in pdf format. It’s more bother than it’s worth and you’d think they’d make it easier for new customers to sign up for this. Not a good way to start earning a customer base and I’ll probably not fly with them at this point due to frustration.

    1. Onne Guest

      They approved me when after I used the print my card function of Iberia Plus (to pdf). Don't United of AA have this option? I think that looks a bit more trustworty than a printscreen (if that's what they are objecting to).

  9. Paul Maina Guest

    Does anyone know how to obtain my MilleMiglia card? Alitalia never issued me a physical MilleMiglia card. I was only able to obtain it on the Alitalia website which is now inactive. ITA Airways Volare program would not allow me to join the Status Match without this physical or digital card.

  10. David Guest

    Don't you need an account number from ITA to request the match? I for the life of me can't figure out how to get it. I did register, got an email, but the number was no where on it and I can't find it on the website. Anyone else have this issue?

    1. Christ Guest

      Same. I was approved but didn't get an account number from ITA ... was hoping to use it on a Delta flight next week

  11. TonyM Guest

    I was approved with in 2 hours from
    Milie Miglia to Volare Plus.

    Easy transition. Can't wait to Fly!

    1. Paul Maina Guest

      Tony. How did you obtain a physical or digital MilleMiglia card? Alitalia never issued me a physical MilleMiglia card and this program turned me down because I was unable to produce the document but only the code.

    2. ROGER NORWICH Guest

      I am in the dark ages vis a vis doing anything on the web, however I signed up without any problem using my BA Gold card.
      I have now taken the 2 flights before the end of December 2021 which apparently activates the reciprocal ITA card status and since they have my email linked to both the application and my ticket purchases I guess that in the New Year as suggested in their original...

      I am in the dark ages vis a vis doing anything on the web, however I signed up without any problem using my BA Gold card.
      I have now taken the 2 flights before the end of December 2021 which apparently activates the reciprocal ITA card status and since they have my email linked to both the application and my ticket purchases I guess that in the New Year as suggested in their original blurb that they will activate this deal, issue membership numbers to people who complied with the full rules by flying twice on ITA within the deadline which I think was December 31 2021. I flew 2 easy separate one way legs Bologna to Rome and Rome to London hassle free in Business and at a competitive fare.

  12. Ronny Guest

    Applied and approved within 2 hours. Krisflyer Gold to Volare Premium.

  13. Alison Guest

    I got a response in a couple of hours and my BA gold guest list is matched to the Volare Executive level

  14. Mark S Guest

    Applied and approved within about 3 days. AA Platinum = ITA Premium. Not sure I will ever use it but pretty easy to get just in case.

  15. HKD Guest

    Volare will have 4 elite status tiers – Smart (Bronze), Plus (Silver), Premium (Gold), and Executive (Diamond)

    The status match happens very quickly – I got matched to Volare Executive within 3 days of submission

  16. Massimo Guest

    I got a status match to level Premium with my British Airways Executive Club - SILVER status

  17. Andrew Guest

    I applied on 19 October to status match from QR Privilege Club Platinum, and just received the following response:

    Hello Andrew,
    Thank you for subscribing to our Volare loyalty program and for sending us your request to join the Status Match campaign.
    We are happy to inform you that your request has been approved and we are welcoming you to the new ITA Exclusive Club.
    Your tier status has been recognized as:...

    I applied on 19 October to status match from QR Privilege Club Platinum, and just received the following response:

    Hello Andrew,
    Thank you for subscribing to our Volare loyalty program and for sending us your request to join the Status Match campaign.
    We are happy to inform you that your request has been approved and we are welcoming you to the new ITA Exclusive Club.
    Your tier status has been recognized as: Executive
    Save this email and always take it with you to take advantage of some special services immediately!

    Still no membership number, apparently I have to show them the email. And a match to Executive, which doesn't seem to be one of the levels in Mike's message.

  18. Grant Guest

    The entire sign-up process is abrasive but isn't that any travel is in Italy.
    What about point accruded with Alitalia, has that gone the way of the 707?
    Does anyone have a legit phone number to call ITA from The States where it is not going to cost $5 p/m?

  19. Mike Guest

    Here are the Volare levels:

    Bronze Level:
    o access with the registration to the Program and accumulation of Points for each ITA expense;
    o access to an extensive network of commercial partnerships for the crediting and use of points, as periodically communicated according to the paragraph 5.g;
    o purchase of additional services using Points.
    Silver Level:
    benefits of the Bronze Level;
    priority waiting list;
    free additional services;
    ...

    Here are the Volare levels:

    Bronze Level:
    o access with the registration to the Program and accumulation of Points for each ITA expense;
    o access to an extensive network of commercial partnerships for the crediting and use of points, as periodically communicated according to the paragraph 5.g;
    o purchase of additional services using Points.
    Silver Level:
    benefits of the Bronze Level;
    priority waiting list;
    free additional services;
    dedicated customer service;
    check-in in Business Class.
    Gold Level:
    benefits of the Silver Level;
    access to Lounge;
    dedicated customer service 24/7;
    priority boarding;
    special welcome on board;
    two vouchers/year for theclass upgrade.
    Diamond Level:
    benefits of the Gold Level;
    golf equipment included;
    access to Lounge + guests;
    dedicated assistance 24/7;
    free food and drinks;
    invitations to exclusive events;
    complimentary upgrade to the first class;
    special welcome on board.

  20. m1lane Guest

    @vlcnc: Do not go to the English version of the website. The Italian version works and has more information. If you do not speak Italian, then with the Translator plug in you can choose to translate the Italian into the language of your choice.

    1. vlcnc Guest

      Found out after posting as the bf is italian and he went to the italian website! But still this is an issue they really need to sorta as it redirects to the specific website depending on your ip address.

  21. shoeguy Guest

    ITA will eventually morph back into Alitalia, livery and all, perhaps with some further tweaks. ITA Airways is not the final name for the airline and neither is that livery. It's all smoke and mirrors to give appearances that it is an entirely new company. It isn't. It just has 1/3 of the fleet, staff and reach AZ had.

  22. vlcnc Guest

    I mean currently their website doesn't even work lol, and its been days like that (just goes to blank page for me here in the UK) so not sure they're going to get many bookings! Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence...

    1. Chris Guest

      same here, from Switzerland.

      a blank page even with the Italian version.
      When I tried to book a flight, I got half of the filling form hided with a windows containing information about the flights... how many people give up, because it just say error ???

      It's like a child designed and tested the website.

    2. vlcnc Guest

      Yeah it doesn't bod well for this supposed new "better" "professional" airline does it lol!

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Clemson New Member

Just did this today and it was very simple. Registered, immediately requested a status match (you no longer need to send an email, once you create an account you can request the match on their website) and matched my UA 1k to Executive status. They confirmed the match within an hour or two of my request.

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GregsDC Guest

Sorry, I obviously "replied" to the wrong comment. Question still stands, if anyone can advise.

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GregsDC Guest

Where is this “digital elite card through the American Airlines app” you speak of? Have looked through seemingly every screen and see no such thing. Would love a pro tip here!

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