If you’re a Premier member on United (Silver, Gold, Platinum, 1K) and would like to experience the benefits of status on American, now is your chance. While American usually offers status matching through challenges that require flying a certain number of points (combination of fare class and distance) in 90 days, they’re now offering a direct status match for UA fliers discontent after the merger and the problems it brought.
As noted in this thread on Flyertalk, here are the details:
Call AA at 1-800-882-8880. They will send you an email that will detail the required documentation to process the match:
In order to proceed, please provide us with documentation reflecting the Premier level that you hold with United Airlines.
Please send us the following documentation. Simply “Reply” to this message, and for prompt service, do not change the subject line:
- A copy of your dated elite membership card reflecting your name and Premier status level for the 2012 Membership Year (.pdf, .tif, .jpeg, .bmp formats, not to exceed 1MB). Alternatively, you could send a copy or screen shot of your most recent account summary, reflecting your name and Premier status level (.pdf, .tif, .jpeg, .bmp formats, not to exceed 1MB).
- Your AAdvantage number and phone number
Once your documentation is accepted, you will receive an email within10 days confirming your new AAdvantage elite status, which will be valid through February 28, 2013. Your credentials will follow in 3-5 weeks. Please note the following status equivalents:
- AAdvantage Gold® membership for Premier Silver
- AAdvantage Platinum® membership for Premier Gold or Premier Platinum
- AAdvantage Executive Platinum® membership for Premier 1K
It’s important to note how significant this offer is in two ways:
- On UA, Premier Golds and Platinums get a 50% and 75% mileage bonus, respectively. With the match to AAdvantage Platinum that bonus is 100%. That’s double the bonus for Golds and a third more for Platinums.
- American Airlines very rarely offers a direct match to Executive Platinum. This should be considered a limited time offer, as it’s not likely to be repeated anytime soon.
If you’re a UA flier you should jump on this. There’s nothing to lose, and you get to experience what life on the other side of the fence is like without having to start from the bottom. Take it from me – my UA Premier Platinum will expire this year and I won’t miss it a bit. Flying American is a night and day difference in terms of service and professionalism, and the benefits of Executive Platinum status are consistently useful for this frequent flyer.