July 11th, 2011

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It’s that time of the year – where many frequent flyers access their alliances and debate whether to remain loyal to their airline or decide whether to switch to another airline. The reason why many people wait until after July 1 is that the airline will usually match/challenge your status until February 2 years later. So for example, if you are a Continental Platinum and status match to Delta Platinum today – that status should be good until February 2013, where if you did it on June 29th, that status would expire February 2012.

I wrote a beginner piece on status matching last fall, but the information is a bit outdated, so I’ll be posting an update this week. In the meantime, I think it’s important that we all take a look at the year so far and see whether it even makes sense to think about switching. Feel free to comment below- I’m really interested to hear everyone’s experiences so far, especially because I may do a challenge later this year (more details to come).

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