You never get anything in life if you don't ask; and travel is one area where you don't really get much of anything, without paying for it. The exception to paying for first class luxury perks, is to earn elite status, where perks are granted and fees are waived, just for being a special flyer. Virgin Atlantic doesn't publicly grant status matches or challenges, but they absolutely do...

The Offer

Virgin Atlantic are cleverly and quietly offering instant silver elite status, with a fast track to their highest tier, Gold, after gaining just 20 tier points in a seven month span. Essentially, you are granted silver, which generally requires 15 tier points in a year, right away for nothing, and for just over what silver would usually require, you can snag gold (click for benefits). Let's not forget the Delta benefits as well...

Who's Eligible?

To take advantage, you'll need to currently have status with another airline, the higher the better, but anything medium tier or better should work. Virgin Atlantic additionally asks that you have an upcoming flight booked with them in Premium Economy or Upper Class, so if you don't currently, but are interested in this opportunity, book a flight before you email to hit all the right boxes. 

How To Match

"In order to begin this application, please email the following information to me: - Details of your forthcoming flight (booking reference, route and date) - A PDF copy of your membership card and statement with another airline confirming your current status. - Your proposed frequency and class of travel with Virgin Atlantic in the next 7 months. Once I have these details, I will be happy to apply ‘Instant Silver, Fast Track to Gold’ to your account" - Virgin Atlantic.

To request the match and supply the information email:  

Expert Tips

This is an opportunity for instant benefits and a meaningful fast track to top benefits, including Virgin Clubhouse access on every ticket. Virgin have matched many of the Dublin fares from London, offering opportunities to get this done on the cheap in Upper Class or Premium Economy. If you have flights planned in the near future, currently have status, want more status or just want a challenge, this is an easy way to secure some of the best flying benefits around. There's certainly no better way to spend time before a flight than in a Virgin Clubhouse!