HOT: How To Get Free American Airlines Business Class Lounge Access On All Your Domestic Flights

Through May 7, British Airways Executive Club is offering to status match members who reside in the U.S. and Canada. Depending on your status with a U.S. or Canadian airline frequent flyer program, they will match to Silver or Gold status.

This gets you premium check-in and lounge access, plus extra baggage benefits, when flying domestically on American and Alaska as well as more benefits traveling on other oneworld airlines.

Statis is valid for six months, or a year if you take two one-way British Airways coded transatlantic flights (or one roundtrip) in business or first class. The flight needs to be operated by BA, American, Iberia or Finnair, and originate in the U.S., Canada or Mexico.

British Airways Silver is oneworld sapphire.

  • This gets you business class lounge access when traveling same day on a oneworld airline
  • That includes American Airlines (Admirals Club, Flagship lounge) even when flying domestically

oneworld sapphire and emerald members (BA Silvers and Golds) can use the American Airlines Flagsihp lounge at LAX and elsewhere

British Airways Gold is oneworld emerald:

  • This gets you first class lounge access when traveling same day on a oneworld airline
  • It qualifies you for BA’s First Wing at London Heathrow and for use of American’s Flagship check-in

oneworld emerald members (like BA Golds) can use the Qantaa First Lounge in Sydney even when traveling on a oneworld airline in coach

oneworld emerald members (like BA Golds) can use the Cathay Pacific The Pier first class lounge in Hong Kong even when traveling on a oneworld airline in coach

Here is what your current status will get with British Airways:

Current States Match To Silver: Match To Gold:
Delta Gold Platinum, Diamond
Air Canada 50K 75K, Super Elite
Lufthansa Senator Hon Circle
United Airlines Premier Gold Premier Platinum, 1K
Air France / KLM Gold Platinum
Scandinavian Airlines Gold Diamond, Pandion
Virgin Atlantic Silver Gold

As a formal matter you are supposed to credit the miles for your trip to British Airways if you’re using the benefits of British Airways status.

Naturally, oneworld anti-poaching rules mean that BA cannot match against American AAdvantage or Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan status.

However, for those of you wish status in an eligible program that is an amazing and rare offer. I genuinely do not remember the last time BA offered to status match U.S. members. There are limits on oneworld programs doing this. And the status is really valuable because of domestic lounge access when traveling on Alaska or American.

American Airlines Admirals Club, National Airport E Concourse

(HT: Head For Points who speculates that if you match to Gold and don’t requalify that you’ll be downgraded to Silver status for a year.)

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  1. For clarity, if you match to Gold and do the flight to get the full year then I expect a soft landing. If you just do the 6 months you won’t

  2. Just reviewed T&C can you get clarification on if redemption flights count toward the flight requirement as it seems to be a little unclear. Basically would a business class redemption count towards the flight requirement?

  3. So how does that actually work when flying domestic AA? Do you need to have the BA FF# in your AA profile?

  4. As an AA EP, or Oneworld sapphire, I already get the perks of BA First lounge at LHR. It would make no sense to “poach” Oneworld elites.

  5. I’m AA EXP, so can’t match as you say due to anti-poaching rules. Can I status match my AA EXP to one of the 7 airlines listed, and then match to BA?

  6. This would be fantastic but I keep getting an error message “there was a problem submitting your request please try again later”

  7. I tried multiple times and multiple browers but keep getting error saying Ensure you have properly completed all fields. Weird. I have double made sure I have completed everything before hitting Submit your request. Not sure what is going on

  8. Finally worked for me and the match was done overnight.

    THANK YOU GARY! This will save me $400+ in seat rez fees on Finnair.

    Now I have status on all 3 alliances thanks to the LATAM match.

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