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  1. Mick

    hi all! I just recently lost my united gold but have a work trip booked in three weeks on American to London in business. Can I still status match to gold on American? From what I understand this one flight will be enough. It’s around $5500. One leg is on ba. Does that matter. Thanks so much for advice

  2. rickyw

    Mick, where are you traveling from? Unless you’re in full fare business (J class), you won’t earn enough elite qualifying miles from 1 round-trip to London to qualify for status. The dollars will be enough, but that’s only half the qualification criteria.

    You might find it worthwhile to do a status challenge, which Lucky wrote about here:

    If you don’t have many more trips coming up, I wouldn’t worry about it too much though. If it’s just one trip, I think you’ll arguably get just as good customer service, if not better, by being in business class versus being an elite member.

  3. Mick

    Hi Ricky! Thanks for the reply. I’m hoping to status match as I was gold up to last week. I thought 8000 miles return with the bump form business would meet the eqm requirement.

    Ord to lhr.

    Appreciate your help!!!!!

  4. rickyw

    Do you know you’re booking class? If you’re in J, you’ll have 3x the miles flown for EQMs. If you’re in I or D, you’ll only have 2x.

    Chicago to London is 3,953 miles. So you’ll either be at 15,812 or 23,718. You need 25,000 EQM for Gold.

    Worth a shot to status match though! If you get it, the extra bonus you’d get just on redeemable miles would be over 10,000 miles because of your fare.

    Also, FYI, United Gold is equal to American Platinum (mid-level status). AA Gold is their entry level.

  5. Mick

    Ok that’s awesome. I didn’t know good was platinum. Thanks very much.

    Do you think it matters that my gold ran out Jan 31?

  6. rickyw

    Maybe don’t mention it right away 😉

    You can see the phone number you have to call here:

  7. Mick

    Just to finish the loop. I rang American and asked for a status match. Ended up doing the “elite challenge” which basically meant paying $200 to have the requirements for status drastically cut. My trip to London return already gets me platinum! I could have paid $300 more to have platinum in the interim which would have accelerated my miles earn but didn’t seem worth it.

    It seems strange that you can get status this way without even.

  8. Mick

    Oops. That got cut off.

    Seems easy way to status without having to even show status another airline. Perhaps only like this because you can only do once?

    Could I then turn around and use my American status to get star alliance status with another airline?

  9. No Name


    The website that [USER=1436]@rickyw[/USER] posted above is your best bet for finding status matches.

    All airlines;

    No *A airlines are matching at the moment, other than UA at the moment TK, AC and NZ is offering challenges.

    Which airlines that status matches changes all the time so your best bet is keep an eye on and see what happens.

  10. David W

    Does anyone know if Alaska offers status challenges?

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