Virgin Atlantic Is Offering Status Matches To Their Gold & Silver Tiers

Filed Under: Virgin

Historically Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program hasn’t been especially generous when it comes to status matches. At the end of last year they announced some major changes to the program, and now they’re also offering some pretty aggressive status matches, which suggests to me that their elite target numbers might not be quite where they had hoped.

At the moment Virgin Atlantic is offering status matches to both their Silver and Gold tiers to members of American AAdvantage, British Airways Executive Club, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, Jet Airways JetPrivileges, South African Airways Voyager, and United MileagePlus.

Below is a chart that shows what status they’ll match to Gold (top tier) and what status they’ll match to Silver (second tier):

If you want to take advantage of this promotion, you’ll have to email [email protected] with the following details:

  • Your other airline’s frequent flyer programme statement, showing routes you’ve travelled and tier points
  • Your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club membership number (if you have one already)
  • Details of your future Virgin Atlantic booking

Virgin Atlantic 747

It’s interesting that Virgin Atlantic asks to see the routes you’ve traveled and details of future Virgin Atlantic bookings. The terms of the promotion don’t indicate a requirement to have any travel booked on Virgin Atlantic, so I’m not sure if they’re asking out of curiosity, or if it’s actually a requirement.

The status match will be valid for 12 months from when your account is upgraded. If you want to requalify for status, you’ll need the standard 400 tier points for Silver or 1,000 tier points for Gold.

So, what can you expect in terms of elite benefits? You can find the full Flying Club Silver benefits here, and the full Flying Club Gold benefits here.

To summarize, Silver status offers a 30% mileage bonus, free seat assignments up to 14 days out, premium economy check-in, and priority waitlisting. I sort of love how they describe some of these benefits, like premium economy check-in: “Take pride of place in our Premium Economy Check In area.” LOL!

Gold status offers a 60% mileage bonus, free seat assignments at booking, an extra checked bag, Upper Class check-in, Clubhouse and Revivals lounge access, priority boarding, and more.

Get Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse access as a Gold member

You’ll also get limited privileges when flying with Delta. For example, when Gold members fly Delta they receive 100% bonus miles, extra baggage, priority check-in, baggage, and boarding, and access to Delta Comfort+ 24 hours before departure.

Bottom line

This is one of the most generous status match offers I ever recall seeing from Virgin Atlantic. However, do note that this will only be valuable if you’re actually flying Delta or Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic status doesn’t come with upgrade certificates, or anything, though the privileges on Delta might be worth it for some.

Anyone plan on taking advantage of this Virgin Atlantic status match offer?

(Tip of the hat to The Unaccompanied Flyer)

  1. I assume they ask for statement activity to prove you actually fly and credit, rather than being a serial status matcher that will use the benefits without crediting anything.

  2. The auto responder on the email address suggest it’s meant for internal use only:

    Thank you for your email, we will aim to respond to you by close of business on the next working day.

    IMPORTANT: Please note that the email address [email protected] is for internal use only and emails sent from outside Virgin Atlantic Airways will not be replied to. If you are not a Virgin Atlantic employee and you need to contact the Flying Club department, please use the following email address: [email protected] . Thank you.

  3. I’m sure someone else will point this out, but the images you posted above about this offer (the gold and silver images) note the requirements re future bookings – need a future booking in PE or Upper Class to get Gold, or in any class to get Silver. So it is not as generous as all that.

  4. Very stupid to use Platinum Pro for AA: first there must be a handful as of today and second it’s not fair when compared to the other airlines.

  5. Well, it does say you need to have a valid booking with VS:

    To qualify for fast track Gold Status, you just need to:

    • Already have a future flight booked with us in either Premium Economy or Upper Class

  6. No way is Virgin Gold equivalent to Oneworld Emerald, more like Saphire , so it’s not really a status “match”

  7. Yes as Alex says it’s not enough to tempt me over from BA Silver – just not comparable to Virgin Silver.

    BA Silver I get seat selection from booking, business check-in, lounge access….

    Virgin Silver you get seat selection from 14 days, premium economy check-in, no lounge access… really much more equivalent to BA Bronze / Oneworld Ruby.

    So nowhere near tempting enough to make a booking on Virgin just to take advantage of the status and try it out. Pointless.

  8. And further to my last comment, as the vast majority of my long haul travel is transatlantic, and largely from London to either New York or Miami, I am surely part of a target market for this offer. But it’s not tempting at all.

  9. As a BA Gold member, and one who flies regularly on the VS network, but with no upcoming VS bookings, I got this reply:

    Thank you for your email.

    Unfortunately you do not meet the criteria for our Status Match. To meet this you would need the following:

    Instant Gold
    • The member needs to be top tier of a competitor loyalty programme
    • The member needs to provide a valid, current statement that will show they have sufficient travel on the VAA (or JV) network to maintain the status
    • The member needs to have a future flight booked with VAA in either Premium Economy or Upper Class

    Once you have booked your future flight with us please feel free to contact us again and then we can look into your request further.

    Many thanks

    Kind regards

    Flying Club Support

  10. I also tried to match my Silver Status but got the same reply as Vand.
    I provided all the information needed for Silver Status, including my future booking with Virgin Atlantic in Premium Economy in a couple of months time but it would appear that they do not want to match my status.

  11. This is a complete and utter scam to draw customers to buy a flight on Virgin then they come out with BS excuses as to why you can’t status match. Compound that with the fact that they have the worst cancellation policy means Im stuck with a Virgin Upper Class return flight that could have been BA or American.

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