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MMMondayMemo: What is a Status Match or Status Challenge
Each Monday Miles has decided to drop a tip, hint, tutorial, trick that maybe you’ve missed or haven’t heard before. If you’re an expert in this field, some of these may be things you already know, but there are a lot of beginners out there who are just getting their feet wet. This week the Monkey Miles Monday Memo focuses on understanding a status match or challenge! MMMondayMemo: What is a Status Match or Status Challenge
A status challenge is where an airline or hotel will give you the opportunity to earn a certain level of status by fulfilling a specified number of qualifying nights, points, stays, miles, etc. in a fixed amount of time, and after fulfilling the requirement you earn that status. Some programs give you the status while you are challenging, others do not.
Hyatt has offered diamond status challenges whereby you must stay 12 nights in 90 days to earn Diamond status for the rest of that qualifying year, and if after July, you’ll keep the status through the next qualifying year. It’s Ridics.
It’s clear to see how valuable this can be if you’re looking to travel with the brand that you are challenging. Last year I did two different challenges: American Airlines Platinum and Hyatt Diamond. Last year’s investment yielded incredible return this year by starting me off with a higher status than I would have otherwise. It put my travel experiences on BLAST. BYAW BYAW
What is a Status Match?
A status Match is just given to you based upon what Status you carry with a competitor. A status match relies upon the wandering eye of loyalty. It’s the sweet sweet lure of greener grass. Oh perhaps a more Decked out Biz Class cabin with doors, or a club level that offers free Booze in the United States. Mine EYE is a wandering! Oh you’re a Hyatt Diamond…come on over here to Marriott and see how we will treat you. Oh you’re AA Executive Platinum and wanna see what Delta Platinum is like – we’ll just hook you up.
A great site to see which programs offer consistent matches is statusmatcher.com
- It provides a ton of data points to educate your expectations of match or challenge when there may not be publicly known or listed offers.
What will Miles be doing next year?
I will attain AA Executive Platinum by the end of the month and I’ll do what the dudes over at No Mas Coach are doing and match to Alaska MileagePlan MVP GOLD 75. The big trick to that status match is to do it after October, that way you get the status through the following year. My ambitious goal is to qualify next year for both AA Executive Platinum and Alaska MVP GOLD 75. For Miles and I – That is level of travel is BANANAS. But I really want those SWUs and the MileagePlan points…especially the 50k bonus awarded upon re-qualification.
I’d love to use those points to fly Cathay First!
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