Virgin Atlantic offering a Status Match for 12 airlines, and a bump for your British Airways status

Virgin Atlantic, the British airline now a member of the SkyTeam alliance and a competitor to British Airways, has released a new status-match promotion, which will be valid if you apply through February 14, 2024.

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Virgin Atlantic’s New Status Match Promotion

Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club is offering a status match to the elite members of 12 eligible airlines. Here are the airlines and the status that you would match.

Airline Loyalty Programme Flying Club Silver Tier Flying Club Gold Tier
American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Pro Executive Platinum
British Airways Executive Club Silver Gold
Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold Diamond
EL Al Matmid Gold Platinum
Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings Silver Platinum, Gold
Iberia Iberia Plus Oro Platino
Lufthansa Miles & More Senator Hon Circle
Pakistan International Airline Sapphire Diamond
Scandinavian Airlines SAS Eurobonus Gold Diamond
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Silver Gold
South African Voyager Silver Gold, Platinum
United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Platinum Premier 1k

To receive the status match, you must have a future revenue or redemption flight booked with Virgin Atlantic in Premium (Economy) or Upper Class to fly on Virgin Atlantic. The redemption bookings must be booked with Virgin Atlantic miles for travel on the airline. You should not have previously received a Flying Club Gold or Silver status through a status match.

British Airways Executive Club Elite Members to get a status bump.

British Airways Executive Club Elite Members will have it even better. Virgin Atlantic is trying to poach members, and for all the members who want to jump ship, Virgin Atlantic is offering an even higher tier for applications received through February 14, 2024.

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You need to head to this link to apply for your status match. As per Virgin Atlantic, this is how they will match the status in

  • Executive Club Gold and Silver: Flying Club Gold
  • Executive Club Bronze: Flying Club Silver
Again, you need a live booking (Premium or Upper Class) to receive the status match. Virgin Atlantic will upgrade your status 72 hours before your qualifying flight. Since Flying Club has a rolling elite year, you will have a longer runway to requalify next year, contingent on your first flight on the airline. You must apply for this Status Bump by February 14, 2024, even though your flight could be later. Remember, if you cancel the flight, you also lose the status match, so this is not a promotion to be gamed.

Why do it?

Earning Virgin Points is easy through Flying Club on Virgin Atlantic and their 27 partner airlines. Additionally, Virgin Points never expire, and you earn Tier Points on your reward flights and Virgin Atlantic Holidays bookings, which allow for easier qualification and maintenance of status.

Gold members enjoy Upper Class check and private security in London Heathrow, access to Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouses and Revivals Lounge, 60% more Virgin Points on all Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Atlantic Holidays bookings, as well as SkyTeam Elite+ recognition extending your benefits across partners to over 1,000 destinations.

Silver members get 30% more Virgin Points on all Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Atlantic Holidays bookings, free extra checked luggage, Premium check-in, priority boarding, and SkyTeam Elite recognition.


Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is offering a new promotion, where they will match the status of twelve airlines for one year. Not just that, but if you are an elite with British Airways, you will get a status higher than your existing status on British Airways for a whole year. For both the status match and the status bump, you need to have a redemption/revenue booking in Upper Class or Premium Economy with the airline booked.

What do you make of the new promotion for a status match from Virgin Atlantic, and will you partake in this promotion?

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