ITA Airways, the successor to bankrupt Italian flag carrier Alitalia, offered a status match earlier this year to numerous airlines including Singapore Airlines. Members were matched all the way up to Volare Executive, equivalent to SkyTeam Elite Plus.
If you didn’t have much opportunity to use your status benefits this year (either due to lack of flying or lack of recognition- we’ll get to that in a bit), here’s some good news. ITA Airways is extending all Volare status till 31 December 2023.
ITA Airways extends Volare status for 2023
Per an email sent out to Volare members, ITA Airways will be extending all elite status by a further 12 months until 31 December 2023.
Twelve months have passed since the start of the program, months packed with new experiences and initiatives specially designed for our members: promotions, new features, and the arrival of exclusive partners.
Because you have been with us from the start, we have decided to offer you a special gift.
For the entire duration of next year, until December 31st 2023, you will maintain your level within the program and continue to enjoy the benefits of Club Premium.
At the time of writing, my online status still showed an expiry date of 01/23, but this will presumably be updated soon.
Here’s a summary of the benefits that Volare members can expect at each tier. You can think of SkyTeam Elite like Star Silver and SkyTeam Elite Plus like Star Gold, in that the worthwhile benefits like lounge access only kick in at Elite Plus (Volare Premium, Executive).
(SkyTeam Elite Plus)
(SkyTeam Elite Plus)
The general benefits of SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus can be found below.
|Priority Wait List||✔||✔|
|Extra Baggage Allowance||✔||✔|
|Guaranteed Economy Class Seat||✔|
How useful is Volare status in practice?
The experience with Volare status recognition thus far is best described as “mixed”. I personally haven’t flown a SkyTeam airline the whole of 2022, but based on reports I’ve read, some partners recognise the status without issue, others are unaware that ITA Airways even exists.
Based on reports in the Telegram Group, members have managed to get status recognised on Garuda, and Vietnam Airlines, while facing issues with Air France and Korean Airlines. Keep in mind the situation is fluid, so all you can do is cross your fingers and hope your carrier updates its systems before you fly.
In a way, these issues aren’t surprising to me since SkyTeam has a reputation for being the “dumping ground” alliance, full of infighting and disagreements.
ITA Airways has extended all Volare elite tiers for a further year, with status now valid till 31 December 2023.
That will give you more time to take advantage of your SkyTeam Elite/Elite Plus benefits, although recognition on other SkyTeam airlines remains patchy at best.
What has your experience with Volare status recognition been like so far?