But it’s rare for non-U.S. airlines to do this. And it’s especially valuable when non-U.S. airlines that are partners of United or American/US Airways do this because that elite status will often afford you lounge access when flying United or American/US Airways.
Since US Airways has left the Star Alliance and joined oneworld, Star Alliance member Air Canada is offering status matches to US Airways elite frequent flyers. This is very rare for Air Canada to do.
US Airways Silvers get the grandiose-sounding but not all that rewarding ‘Altitude Prestige 25k’ level.
While US Airways Golds and above (so including Platinums and Chairmans Preferred members) get Altitude Elite 50k, which is also Star Alliance Gold.
That means you get priority check-in and boarding, extra baggage allowance, and lounge access when flying a Star Alliance carrier (even flying United domestically).
To receive the status match:
- Submit your request by April 30. The documentation they want is a scan of your US Airways elite frequent flyer card.
- Travel on at least one eligible flight segment on Air Canada, Air Canada Express or Air Canada rouge by May 31 and credit it to your Aeroplan account.
They warn it can take 6 to 8 weeks to process the match. Status will be valid through February 28, 2015.
(HT: Loyalty Lobby)