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Status Match: Buy Etihad Gold Status For $99

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Immanuel Debeer | 05/02/2024

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Etihad in partnership with Loyalty Status Co is running a status match of sorts but unlike a regular match, you’ll need to fork out US$59 for a Silver Status match or US$99 for Gold…

The promotion is currently open to residents of Australia and India, however, the airline programs eligible for the match are much more international and include:

  • AirAsia BIG Loyalty
  • Air Astana Nomad Club
  • Air India Express NeuPass
  • Air India Flying Returns
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Cathay Pacific Cathay
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • Korean Air Skypass
  • Lufthansa Miles & More
  • Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • Royal Brunei Royal Skies
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
  • Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • United Airlines MileagePlus
  • Vietnam Airlines Lotusmiles
  • Vistara Club Vistara

How does the status match/buy work?

If you meet the eligibility to buy Etihad status, you will retain it for the next 3 months unless you take at least 1 paid flight which will then extend your status a further 12 months.

You can apply for your status match here: https://etihad.statusmatch.com/

What are the benefits of Etihad Silver & Gold Status?

Etihad Guest Silver Status

  • Bonus Miles: Earn 25% bonus Etihad Guest Miles on Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air Serbia flights.
  • Guaranteed Economy Seat: Book 48 hours in advance.
  • Priority Check-In: Access priority check-in counters in the economy hall at Abu Dhabi airport and business check-in counters at other airports.
  • Seat Reservation: Reserve select Economy seats in Forward, Middle, or Rear zones for free (member only).
  • Extra Legroom Seat Discount: 30% off on extra legroom seats.
  • Onboard Wi-Fi Discount: Free Chat service.
  • Complimentary Excess Baggage Allowance (Weight Concept Routes): All cabins: 10 kgs.
  • Complimentary Excess Baggage Allowance (Piece Concept Routes for flights to/from Canada and the US):Economy baggage: 1 Pc @ 23kgs. Business and First baggage: 1 Pc @ 32kgs.
  • Paid Excess Baggage Allowance Discount: 7% discount on additional extra baggage allowance.

Etihad Guest Gold Status

  • Bonus Miles: Earn 50% bonus Etihad Guest Miles on selected partner airlines.
  • Guaranteed Economy Seat: Book 24 hours in advance.
  • Guaranteed Business Seat: Book 48 hours in advance.
  • Priority Check-In: Access premium business check-in counters at any airport, including Abu Dhabi airport.
  • Fast Track Immigration and Baggage.
  • Priority Boarding.
  • Chauffeur service – Business and First redemption seats but only one way in the UAE
  • Seat Reservation: One free seat in Economy Forward, Middle, or Rear zones. 50% off on extra legroom seats for up to two guests.
  • Onboard Wi-Fi Discount: Free Chat & 25% discount on Surf.
  • Premium Check-In with Partner Airlines (including Virgin Australia).
  • Lounge Access: Business Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport (self only).
  • Worldwide Premium Lounge access (self + guest).
  • Complimentary Excess Baggage Allowance (Weight Concept Routes): All cabins: 15 kgs.
  • Complimentary Excess Baggage Allowance (Piece Concept Routes for flights to/from Canada and the US): Economy baggage: 1 Pc @ 23kgs. Business and First baggage: 1 Pc @ 32kgs.
  • Paid Excess Baggage Allowance Discount: 10% discount on additional extra baggage allowance.
  • Additional Benefits: Avis Budget Tier Match.
  • Exclusive Premium Twitter offers.

Is this a deal?

Considering Etihad Guest status has limited utility in Australia, I’m personally passing on the opportunity to become Gold. Matching my Qatar Airways Platinum to Etihad Guest Gold for US$99 seems a bit rich when I already receive reciprocal benefits as Velocity Platinum. (Soon to be Gold…) and while I do plan to fly a paid Etihad flight this year, I would much rather credit that to Velocity Frequent Flyer.

If there was an option to fast-track to Etihad Platinum, I’d consider it… even for a higher “application fee”. Gold and Silver… meh.

Do let me know what you think. Will you be matching your status to Etihad?

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Immanuel Debeer

Chief points nerd and travel hacker at Flight Hacks

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  1. I won’t be flying with EY in the next three months, however I would consider partaking in this status match if I could easily ‘on-match’ to Star Alliance Gold for 12 months. Do you know if this is possible Immanuel?

    Cheers
    Matt

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