Virgin America just launched a status match program allowing elite level flyers from United Airlines and American Airlines’ frequent flyer programs to receive "matched" status Virgin America’s Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver Status between now and April 30, 2013. Loyalty members who request matched status won't have to give up any points or miles in their current program.
If you want the Virgin America points, you'll need to sign up for the Elevate program (if you're not already a member). According to the airline, approved Elevate members will receive their new status good through April 30, 2013, and will have an opportunity to retain their status through the end of 2013 by earning points on flying Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
United’s MileagePlus and American’s AAdvantage flyers will get to enjoy almost all the benefits currently offered to Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver members including priority check-in, security clearance and boarding, free checked bag allowances, private discounts, an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class and complimentary space-available upgrades to the Virgin's Main Cabin Select service.
If you've never flown Virgin America and you have loyalty points to match, now is a great time to take advantage of the airline's offer. Last month, Virgin America won top honors as both “Best Premium Class” among domestic airlines in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Business Travel Poll as well as “Best Domestic Airline” in the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
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