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Latam Status Match
LATAM is offering a status match to many airlines for a fee of $39 that could be advantageous if you have any future travel on LATAM, or are considering leveraging it to get status on an airline you fly more regularly. For instance, if you currently have AA Platinum Pro, you could match to LATAM Black, and then use that Black status to match to another airline before it expires in 3/31/23. If you’re thinking of doing this, one consideration to make is that many airlines won’t match a match…you’d need to have activity on your LATAM account to leverage it down the road.
Unfotunately, LATAM isn’t a member of any alliances, so
Things to focus on with the LATAM status match
- Go here: https://latam.statusmatch.com/
- Qualifying airline listed below
- Match to Gold Plus, Platinum or Black status
- Must match by 10/31/22
- Status will last until 3/31/23
- Cost is $39
If you don’t have one… create a LATAM account
You’ll then fill out the information for the status match here
Airlines that qualify for the LATAM status match
Here’s a list of the airlines and the status that will correspond should you decide to match
Will I be doing this?
I’m conflicted. The worst case is I waste $39, which is probably the cost of a cocktail in NYC these days. I currently have Delta Diamond, AA Platinum Pro, and Air Canada Aeroplan 75k so I would match to LATAM Black. I won’t retain any of those statuses next year since I’ve done very little flying on those airlines this year. The $39 for this match would be a hedge to keep this status in my back pocket and then use it for a status challenge or match come after my other airline statues expire, but before LATAM expires next March.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.