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Skyteam is often considered to be the least attractive airline alliance, with members such as: Aeroflot, Air France, Delta, Alitalia, Garuda Indonesia, etc. But occasionally it is necessary to fly on a Skyteam airline, so wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy elite status? One Skyteam member is offering a status match, but you’ll need to hurry. The deadline for applying is midnight on Friday, 21 December, 2018.
The Skyteam partner in question is Aerolineas Argentinas. Strangely enough, not only is the airline willing to consider status matching any non-Skyteam airline, but it is also willing to status match from hotel status, with Hilton Honors specifically mentioned.
How to Request the Status Match?
Step 1. Become a member of Aerolineas Plus. Click here to sign up. Make sure to write down or screenshot your assigned account number, as you will need it to login (and may not receive an email confirming your membership).
Step 2. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “DESAFIO STATUS MATCH“. In the body of the text, you could write:
Buen dia. Me llamo [insert full name] y mi número de socio Plus es [insert membership number]. Pido que me igualen mi estatus con [insert airline / hotel chain].
Reciben un cordial saludo. [full name]
(of course you can just write in English if you prefer – although the T&Cs of the status match are only provided in Spanish)
Step 3. Attach proof of competing status. Either a screenshot of your account or a scan of your membership card. The most important element is that said status must not expire within the next three months.
If you wish to read the terms & conditions through an auto-translate function, you can click here. The most interesting clause is number 4:
The airlines and hotel chains participating in the Challenge are: Latampass, Gol Smiles, Avianca LifeMiles, Iberia Plus, United Mileage Plus, AAdvantage, BA Executive Club and Hilton Honors. This list is open, and any other airline or hotel chain submitted by the applicant is subject to approval by Aerolíneas Plus. Skyteam alliance airlines are not eligible to participate in the Challenge.
If successful, you will receive one year of Gold or Platinum status from Aerolineas Plus. The standard Skyteam elite benefits are:
- Lounge access
- Priority check-in and boarding
- Excess baggage
But perhaps more importantly, those without any airline status at all – but with Hilton Honors or another top tier hotel chain status – can obtain their first airline elite status. Subsequently, you could cross your fingers and hope that 2019 offers a status match from Aerolineas Argentinas TO a more attractive Oneworld or Star Alliance programme.
HT to my Argentine friend Julio.