Three words: domestic lounge access. That’s the primary reason I hope to take advantage of the Air Canada Aeroplan status match, though it may end up not being the only reason…
Air Canada Status Match – I’m Taking Advantage
I have Premier 1K status with United which I will re-qualify for this year, even if elite status is not extended for another year on a complimentary basis. I will have flown enough and spent enough, coupled with several quarterly bonuses, to meet the reduced re-qualification threshold.
American Airlines is another story. I’m about halfway to re-qualifying for Executive Platinum status and while I have a trip booked next month that would take me over the top (thanks to this promotion), that trip is now in jeopardy…
Air Canada is currently offering a generous status match promotion for U.S. residents who hold elite status in major U.S. airlines, including:
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Delta Air Lines SkyMiles
- Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
Noticeably missing from the list is United Airlines, which is a Star Alliance and joint venture partner with Air Canada, so the omission is not surprising.
The status match involves two steps:
- Upload your credentials here
- Your request will be approved or denied in three days
- Status will be granted instantly with no challenge necessary
- Status expires December 31, 2021
- Fly one round-trip on Air Canada by January 15, 2022 in order to maintain status through December 31, 2022
This is a very good deal for me. I fly United so often but I don’t splurge for an annual membership to the United Club…frankly because I question the value proposition with Priority Pass and American Express offering compelling alternate options. Furthermore, much of my travel is international and I already have access on international trips as part of my 1K status.
But being able to access United Clubs when I travel domestically would be helpful, if for nothing else than an illy espresso and croissant before my flight.
As soon as the Air Canada Café reopens in Toronto, I’m flying there to review it and review the recently re-opened Park Hyatt Toronto (I want to fly WestJet too…). The single round-trip on Air Canada will be no problem. Let’s hope Mr. Gupta is not onboard…
But View From the Wing points out that Aeroplan has become much more lucrative as a loyalty program with new upgrade currency and reduced-price Priority Rewards. It could well be that this program grows on me, especially because the Star Alliance redemption pricing is better than United MileagePlus and Aeroplan has many additional great partners like Air Serbia, Etihad, and Gulf Air.
Air Canada is offering a generous status match that I intend to take advantage of in order to access United Clubs when I fly domestically. But the more I look at Aeroplan, the more attractive that program becomes.
Will you take advantage of the Air Canada status match?