With US Airways and TAM leaving Star Alliance, several airlines have offered status matches to retain existing customers:
Air Canada matching US Airways Elites
Air Canada has offered to match status from US Airways Elites with a qualifying flight before May 31.
You have to submit your request between March 15 and April 30, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altitude elite status includes benefits such as:
- Priority Contacts
- Priority reservation and airport services
- Complimentary checked baggage allowance
- eUpgrade Credits
You can see the full list of benefits at this link.
Purchase Avianca Elite Status
Avianca is outright selling their silver and gold elite status levels which also comes with Star Alliance Silver/Gold status.
To purchase you’ll have to contact their phone center. I’d say that in most cases it isn’t worth it unless you have a significant amount of flying on Avianca and have use for bonus redeemable miles and free upgrades.
You can see the offer at this link.
Star Alliance Status Match for TAM Elites
As TAM has left Star Alliance, Star is offering a status match to retain existing customers. The matching airlines include:
The webpage that Star Alliance has set up is at this link. If you have TAM Red or Black status can complete the application on the website before May 30th.
You can see a list of Star Alliance Gold benefits which includes priority check-in, lounge access, and others at this link.