ITA Airways (the successor to bankrupt Italian flag carrier Alitalia) has been offering various status match opportunities to its Volare frequent flyer programme, giving elite members of other airlines (including KrisFlyer) the opportunity to get matched all the way to SkyTeam Elite Plus.
This status match is now available again till 15 April 2022.
Volare status match offer
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ITA Airways’ frequent flyer programme Volare commenced operations at the start of this year, and elite members of the following programmes can now apply for a Volare status match, up till 15 April 2022.
- Aerolíneas Argentinas – Aerolíneas Plus
- Air Europa – Suma
- Alitalia – MilleMiglia
- Air France/KLM – Flying Blue
- American Airlines – AAdvantage
- ANA – Mileage Club
- British Airways – Executive Club
- Czech Airlines – OK Plus
- Delta Airlines – SkyMiles
- Emirates – Skywards
- EL Al – Matmid
- Iberia – Iberia Plus
- Korean Air – SKYPASS
- Lufthansa – Miles and More
- Middle East Airlines – Cedar Miles
- Qatar Airways – Privilege Club
- Royal Jordanian – Royal Club
- Saudia – Alfursan
- Singapore Airlines – KrisFlyer
- Swiss Air – Miles & More
- TAP – Miles & Go
- Tarom – Sky Team ( I believe Sky Team is a typo, and it should be FlyingBlue)
- Turkish Airways – Miles&Smiles
- United Airlines – MileagePlus
Applying for status match
- Sign up for a Volare membership
Complete the Status Match dedicated request form which you can find in your personal area by entering your personal data and uploading a legible copy of your Frequent Flyer program card of origin (digital or physical) and a copy of your valid identity card (pdf, jpg format)
ITA will contact you by 15 May 2022 to let you know if your application has been successful. Membership of the exclusive Club recognized under the present Status Match campaign will be valid till 15 April 2023.
How are tiers matched?
The Volare programme will have four different tiers:
(SkyTeam Elite Plus)
(SkyTeam Elite Plus)
As a reminder, SkyTeam has only two tiers (like Star Alliance):
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My experience matching from KrisFlyer
I sent in my status match application on 3 November, comprising:
- A screenshot of my KrisFlyer Elite Gold card from the Singapore Airlines app (literally a photo of the screen, since the app annoyingly doesn’t let you take a screenshot of the membership card)
- A copy of my passport (some people tried sending a copy of their NRIC and were rejected)
On 6 November I received an email confirming my upgrade to Volare Premium.
We are pleased to inform you that your request for Status Match to the Volare loyalty program by ITA Airways has been accepted and, from now on, you have joined the Club as a Premium Member.
If you’re a PPS or Solitaire PPS Club member, I’ve seen data points of both Premium and Executive matches, so they don’t seem to have any hard and fast rule here.
Which airlines are part of SkyTeam?
Although SkyTeam has a bit of a reputation for being the “dumping ground” alliance, it’s still got some heavy hitters like Air France, KLM and Delta. Those based in Singapore may also find SkyTeam status useful when flying with China Airlines, Garuda Indonesia or Vietnam Airlines.
And if you’re headed to Korea for the VTL, you might enjoy some benefits on Korean Air too.
Be advised that data points so far for enjoying SkyTeam benefits via Volare have been mixed. I’ve read a few stories of people flying on Delta or KLM who were denied their benefits, although it’s hopefully just a matter of time before systems are synced and status properly recognised.
While I’d much rather have Star Gold or oneworld Emerald status, I’m not about to pass up a free shot at SkyTeam Elite Plus.
The latest extension gives you until 15 April 2022 to get your application in, and it’s well worth the couple of minutes in my opinion.
Have you tried your Volare status on a SkyTeam airline yet? Any success?