Virgin Atlantic Launches New Status Match Promotion For British Airways Elites


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Virgin Atlantic has launched a new promotion with a view to persuading BA’s Executive Club elites to test the water on the other side of the fence. For a limited time only, Virgin Atlantic is offering status matches to British Airways Bronze, Silver, and Gold elites who have a Virgin Atlantic booking made on or before 28 February 2021.

How This Status Match Works

  • You must have British Airways Bronze, Silver, or Gold status.
  • You must be a member of the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • You much have a Virgin Atlantic booking by 28 February 2021 (existing bookings made before this status match was announced will qualify).
  • You must apply for a status match on or before 28 February 2021 by supplying proof of your British Airways status and proof of your Virgin Atlantic booking via this website.
  • Revenue ticket and reward ticket bookings qualify.
  • Bookings for any Virgin Atlantic cabin will qualify for all status matches.
  • Your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account will be upgraded within 30 working days from the complete status match request being submitted and approved*.
  • Your new Flying Club status will be valid for 1 year from the date you receive your new status.

*Virgin Atlantic also mentions that “your status will be matched before your upcoming flight” so it may that people with plans to fly soon will see their match processed in under 30 working days.

Note: Virgin Atlantic’s usual status match deal for elites of other airlines remains in place – click for details.

What The Status Matches Will Look Like

British Airways has four elite tiers while Virgin Atlantic has just two, so this is how the tiers are being matched:

British Airways Bronze —-> Virgin Atlantic Silver

British Airways Silver —-> Virgin Atlantic Silver

British Airways Gold —-> Virgin Atlantic Gold

Note: there is no special higher elite status to which British Airways Gold Guest List elites can be upgraded.

Virgin Atlantic Status Benefits

Flying Club Silver Status:

  • Earn 30% more Virgin Points on every flight.
  • Access to Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy check-in desks (where available).
  • Priority boarding
  • Complimentary seat assignments in all cabins (including Economy Light) from the time of booking.
  • A 7% discount on Virgin Holidays bookings and 2 points for every pound spent with Virgin Holidays.
  • Priority baggage.

Flying Club Gold Status:

  • Earn 60% more Virgin Points on every flight
  • Complimentary exit row seat assignments in Economy Classic from the time of booking.
  • Complimentary seat assignments in all cabins (including Economy Light) from the time of booking.
  • Access to Virgin Atlantic Upper Class check-in desks (where available)
  • Priority boarding
  • One extra piece of hand and hold luggage on top of your cabin allowance
  • Get Clubhouse access for you and one guest when flying with Virgin Atlantic or Delta in any cabin.
  • Access to the Virgin Atlantic arrivals lounge (Revivals) at London Heathrow.
  • A 10% discount on Virgin Holidays bookings and 2 points for every pound spent with Virgin Holidays.
  • A complimentary treatment (limited choice) at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and 10% off all other treatments.

Note: Virgin Atlantic statuses are also recognized on Virgin Atlantic partner airlines including but not limited to: Delta, Air France, and KLM.

Bottom Line

Virgin Atlantic is now offering incredibly easy status matches to elite members of the British Airways Executive Club program which simply requires a flyer to hold BA elite status and to have a Virgin Atlantic flight booking made on or before 28 February (revenue and reward flights qualify). Considering a one-way economy class reward flight will give a British Airways Gold elite top-tier Virgin Atlantic status for a year, it’s hard to see this as anything but a very generous promotion.

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