Get status matched with ITA Airways for SkyTeam benefits (Members of 24 programmes around the world being offered a match)

On October 15, 2021, Alitalia shut operations and ITA Airways took its spot as Italy’s national airline. ITA Airways will acquire all the assets of Alitalia, but not their liabilities, so basically, it is a restructuring of the airline. The new airline has a new loyalty programme, called Volare, offering a very liberal status match.

ITA Airways, which is keen, perhaps, to swell its ranks of elites at the start itself, is offering a status match to everyone who qualifies. Except, their timeline to match you is long, and the new status takes effect only on December 31, 2021.

Update: The airline has been accepted into the Skyteam alliance on October 29, 2021, so, all members of the new Volare loyalty programme will be offered benefits in the Skyteam alliance as well.

ITA is offering a status match to elite members of 24 frequent flyer programmes worldwide, across various alliances, including Skyteam (the original alliance of predecessor Alitalia). The following airlines’ status will be matched:

  • Aeroflot: Aeroflot Bonus
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas: Aerolíneas Plus
  • Air Europa: Suma
  • Alitalia: Mille Miglia
  • Air France/KLM: Flying Blue
  • American Airlines: AAdvantage
  • ANA: Mileage Club
  • British Airways: Executive Club
  • Czech Airlines: OK Plus
  • Delta Airlines: SkyMiles
  • Emirates: Skywards
  • Iberia: Iberia Plus
  • Korean Air: SKYPASS
  • Lufthansa: Miles and More
  • Middle East Airlines: Cedar Miles
  • Qatar Airlines: Privilege Club
  • Royal Jordanian: Royal Club
  • Saudia: Alfursan
  • Singapore Airlines: KrisFlyer
  • Swiss Air: Miles & More
  • TAP: Miles & Go
  • Tarom: Flying Blue
  • Turkish Airways: Miles & Smile
  • United: Mileage Plus

You can get a status match if you are a “premium tier” member with these programmes—for instance, British Airways Gold or Lufthansa Senator. The status match will be available between October 15 and November 30, 2021.

  • The new status will be recognized in the ITA systems as soon as the matching process is completed. Members will receive a communication by email confirming the recognition by December 31, 2021.
  • The new status will be available and visible to Members from December 31, 2021.
  • The digital card and any physical cards will be available from December 31, 2021.
  • The assigned status will be valid for one year starting from December 31, 2021; its maintenance methods are indicated in the VOLARE program.
  • Any requests that do not include all the requested data or that are accompanied by illegible documentation will not be processed.

How to request the Status Match?

To request the status match form to ITA Airways Volare, you need to send an email to statusmatch@itaspa.com with the following information:

  • Email subject: “program of origin” – “status of origin” (for example, British Airways Executive Club – Gold)
  • Body text: Name; Surname; “program of origin”; “status of origin” (e.g. John; Smith; British Airways Executive Club; Gold)
  • Attach a legible copy of your current valid Frequent Flyer Card (digital or physical) and a copy of your ID card1 (pdf format, jpg)

Things to Note

There are many things to note before you get on the ITA Airways status match. Firstly, this programme is just for ITA Airways for now and not a gateway to Skyteam membership, as ITA Airways has not joined any alliance as of now. Second, there is no sense of where this is going or how long its going to take. For instance, I signed up for the Volaire programme, and I did not even get a membership number assigned, so I am not sure how will they find membership status to upgrade. Third, there is no information yet, on what the status tiers of the Volaire programme are, and how do they get mapped to other programmes.

Update: The Status Match comes in pretty quick. I got my “Executive” Status within 24 hours of applying. Although there is no number so this is pretty useless for now, and I sense I will get a membership number on or before December 31, 2021, when my membership starts. Also, in light of the Skyteam membership, I should be able to get Skyteam Elite Plus, which will get me benefits such as extra baggage allowance and lounge access for me and a +1 when flying a Skyteam member airline.

Bottomline

ITA Airways, the replacement of Alitalia, is offering a status match to the elite club members of various airlines across the globe. It may be a wise idea to try and get in on this, and then see where it goes from there, given there are a lot of open ends on this for now. But the Skyteam membership should be worth it.

Are you going to try and status match for ITA Airways Volare programme?

(The original article was published on October 19, 2021 and has been updated on November 5, 2021 with information about the Skyteam membership)


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Comments

  1. Thanks Ajay!
    Would Volare Plus be SkyTeam Elite?
    All I have is the status match confirmation from them.
    Their website portal is quite dire haha.
    Would it mean if we have a flight with a SkyTeam, we should be able to get the benefits?

  2. Hi,

    Do you know which Sky Priority will be given for the 3 levels of ITA Plus, Premium, Executive?

    And will they only become active on the 31st December?
    I have already got the confirmation for the status match, so it seems to be already approved?

    • @In-chan, the Executive tier will get SkyTeam Elite Plus for sure I guess. It will all come together on December 31, till then, you don’t have a number or a card to flash, right?

      • Thanks Ajay!
        Would Volare Plus be SkyTeam Elite?
        All I have is the status match confirmation from them.
        Their website portal is quite dire haha.
        Would it mean if we have a flight with a SkyTeam, we should be able to get the benefits?

  3. Applied and approved within about 3 days via email. AA Platinum got me ITA Premium. Not sure I will ever you use it but nice to have just in case.

  4. Hi Ajay, are there any status match options for Vistara Gold with airlines or hotels. Don’t see much headway there

  5. Status tiers of ITA Airways Volare program –

    Bronze Level:
    access with the registration to the Program and accumulation of Points for each ITA expense
    access to an extensive network of commercial partnerships for the crediting and use of points
    purchase of additional services using Points

    Silver Level:
    benefits of the Bronze Level
    priority waiting list
    free additional services
    dedicated customer service
    check-in in Business Class

    Gold Level:
    benefits of the Silver Level
    access to Lounge
    dedicated customer service 24/7
    priority boarding
    special welcome on board
    two vouchers /year for one class upgrade

    Diamond Level:
    benefits of the Gold Level
    golf equipment included
    access to Lounge + guests
    dedicated assistance 24/7
    free food and drinks
    invitations to exclusive events
    complimentary upgrade to first class
    special welcome on board

    • An update to the above – Volare will have 4 elite status tiers – Smart (Bronze), Plus (Silver), Premium (Gold), and Executive (Diamond)

      The status match happens very quickly – I got matched to Volare Executive within 3 days of submission

    • It’s pretty quick. I got my Premium status within 12 hours with my Gold match. Trying to find details on what these levels means somewhere? But your detail helps so thanks!

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