Back in June I wrote about an awesome opportunity to receive immediate Southwest status through their status match opportunity. With this status match, you’ll receive A-List status for three months and have the opportunity to extend it another 12 months. You just need to show proof that you have status with another U.S. airline. This seems to only be available to those who currently do not have A-List status. You must request the status by December 31, 2018 which means you only have a few more weeks to do so!
With this match, you’ll receive A-List status immediately upon them processing your registration. The terms state that it will take up to 12 business days, but in my personal scenario it took 5 days (and they even processed it over the weekend). One it is processed, you’ll then receive the status for three months. You can also then receive the status 12 more months after taking three PAID roundtrips or six one-ways within those three months. Unfortunately, since all my trips were already pre-booked with points, I will not be able to maintain status, but having it for three months is still nice!
Similar to every single Southwest promotion, only new flights booked AFTER registering for the promotion count. That means any previously booked flight will NOT count, but you can always cancel your flight and re-book to qualify. Just keep in mind that the price might not be the same, so make sure that if there is a price difference it is worth it to earn the status.
On my recent flight, the real benefit is that it got me an A boarding pass where my son had a B boarding pass. Southwest was very easy going with allowing my son to board with me, so we boarded the plane and then my husband and daughter boarded with family boarding. Quite honestly though, boarding this early made no impact since we would have gotten the exact same seats with family boarding. The other benefit is that having A-List status allows you to go standby on another flight (with no fee), but since I am typically flying Southwest with my kids, they do not receive the same benefit so there is no real perk for me. But it is still nice to have as you never know when it will come in handy!