I love Christmas. I love it even more when Christmas comes early, comes again and keeps coming. As per ViewFromTheWing it appears to be the holiday season! Perhaps the true mark of a young jedi in points miles and flying is the ability to parlay hard work and status with one airline into a plethora of status across the board. Why just get benefits with one group of airlines when you can have them all? Knowing that I can buy the cheapest ticket with any airline and still receive amenities like business class check in, lounge access, priority baggage and more never gets old. Here's how you can snag Star Alliance status in one easy step.
Copa Airlines, the United knock off whizzing around the Caribbean is offering status matches with very favorable terms. You care about Copa because even if you never fly with them they can get you Star Alliance Gold which entitles you to lounge access regardless of what cabin you're flying with any Star Alliance airline, priority check in, priority baggage handling, an extra baggage allowance and priority standby. Star Alliance Gold is an extremely lucrative status to hold as it gives you great benefit when flying ANA, Lufthansa, Singapore, Air China, Air New Zealand, Turkish, Thai, United and more.
To take advantage you simply need to be an elite with most any non Star Alliance airline. Send an email with a copy of your membership card along with details of the volume of your flying and request a match to a comparable or higher tier. If you are top tier with a competing airline or alliance you may be entitled to something far greater: upgrades. Those matched to Copa Platinum are being offered three complimentary regional upgrades which will soon be valid on United Airlines. If flying a regional segment on most fares you'd theoretically be able to lock in three free one way upgrades. Email email@example.com to get it done. To expedite the process I highly recommend creating a free Copa account and providing your Copa number in the email to ensure speedy delivery of your shiny new status. Enjoy flying like a boss on some of the world's greatest five star airlines and their associated impeccable lounges!
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