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Southwest Airlines has two different tiers of Elite Status, A-List and A-List Preferred. Both statuses provide some great benefits including preferred boarding, bonus points, and same-day standby. Typically the only option to earn A-List or A-List Preferred is through flying, earning tier-qualifying points, or being targeted for a Promotional Status. In the Basic Travel World, there is Another Option. The Southwest Status Match!
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How to Status Match to Southwest A-List
In order to be eligible for a Southwest Airlines Status Match, you must first have some sort of Elite Status with a different Airline. There is no Master List of which Airlines and Elite Statuses qualify that I am aware of. I recently was Targeted for an American Airlines Platinum Status Challenge which offered me their Elite Status through the end of April 2020. Anytime that I receive these sorts of promotional Statuses, I like to look for ways to keep the good times rolling.
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Steps to Status Match to Southwest A-List
I found the Southwest Status Match Email and sent them my Rapid Rewards Account Information, followed by my American Airlines Platinum Information. Within 14 Hours I am now the Proud Owner of Southwest A-List!
Step 1 – Begin an Email to [email protected]
Step 2 – Include in the Subject: Legal Name, Rapid Rewards Number, & Elite Status with Another Airline (In my case, American Airlines Platinum Status)
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Step 3 – Attach a Screenshot of the Elite Status from Another Airline
Step 4 – Click Send! (Yes, I know, Basic)
Congratulations! You’re now a Southwest A-List Member 🙂
I received the Congratulations Email the following morning after submitting my initial request. The Southwest A-List Status Match is granted for a promotional time period. For the next 90 Days I will be an A-List Member. If I book and fly Three Round-Trip Revenue Flights (or six one-way flights) within 90 Days of Today I can extend my A-List Status to 12 Months.
Southwest A-List Benefits
- Priority Boarding
- Priority Check-in and Security Lane Access
- 25% Bonus Earning on Rapid Rewards Points
- Access to A-List Member Phone Line
- Same-day Standby Access to Other Flights
I LOVE being able to stretch my statuses and find ways to creatively have a better Basic Travel Experience. This is a great example of why Status Matching is one of my favorite Travel Hacks. I’ll actually be flying Southwest down to New Orleans in a few weeks and am looking forward to testing out my New A-List Status. If you happen to have an Elite Airline Status, I’d suggest giving this a try and seeing what happens!
Have you Been able to Status Match in the Past for Elite Perks? I’d Love to hear about it down in the Comments or in the Basic Travel Facebook Group!
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