For those unfamiliar with what a status match challenge is, it’s when one loyalty program (typically an airline) but also applicable to hotels, rental cars, etc will offer to match your current status with a competitor. Occasionally a company will match your status just by providing proof of your existing membership in their competitor’s program. Most times, however you need to meet a minimum requirement to receive the match for the rest of the program year through the next. I’ll be updating this master post documenting my experience attempting to achieve American Airline’s AAdvantage Executive Platinum status as a match to my current United Airlines MileagePlus Premier 1k status.
Part I: Is It Time To Say Goodbye?
At the beginning of August I found myself searching for a way to retain my prized United Airlines Premier 1k status. Not unlike Andrea Bocelli, it appeared that after 350,382 lifetime miles (more than half of all the miles I’ve flown), I was going to have to say goodbye to the “Friendly Skies”…
Time to say goodbyeto countries I neversaw and shared with you,now, yes, I shall experience them.(just not on United)
Challenge Status as of 8/28/18
$764 EQDs (Currently appealing to have a $450 day-of paid upgrade to Business Class be included in that spend)
Only $3,236 EQDs & 24,409 EQMs to go…