Its like being turned down by someone you most like!
I just asked Emirates, my favourite airline, for a “status match” with Qantas where I hold Gold Frequent Flyer Status. One of the difficulties of being “high status” with one airline is that it does “lock you in”.
Gold Status comes with express check in, lounge access, bonus frequent flyer points and higher luggage allowances. I have Blue Status (the basic level with Emirates) because I frankly haven’t flown them enough. They don’t fly on most of the routes, I have been frequenting. In addition, when they are on a sector I am flying and I can choose between them an airline I have status with… there’s obvious reasons why thats not usually not attractive.
My travel to the Middle East and Europe is ramping up. So I asked Emirates for a “status match”. i.e. automatically granting me elite status with them in return for my flying them more often. Airlines do this with an expectation is that once you have been granted the status, you will transfer a chunk of your loyalty (or all of it) to the new airline. Some airlines don’t officially match, others offer them reluctantly and others use it as a competitive tool.
I can see why some airlines are reluctant to use it. They have got to think: “how loyal is that customer really going to be?” When will they rush off to someone else to get a match?
I can also see why others embrace it. It costs nothing for the airline to match a status until the passenger flies and when they use the service, they are actually paying for their ticket. And to keep the status, they will keep on flying.
The deal with Emirates is that said “no”. ie they turned me down! Jilted by my favourite airline!
Not the end of the world for my Middle Eastern trips. I am also Gold with Virgin Australia and that gives me status at Emirate’s rival Etihad so guess who I will be sampling?
Anyone had success with Emirates status matching?