Southwest Will Match Elite Status from Other Airlines Through 2019

Try out a new level of Southwest before December 31st, 2019.

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While 2019 is almost over, you may want to check out this special Southwest Airlines promotion before the year ends. Until December 31st, the company will match all elite statuses from other U.S.-based airlines. If you’ve reached a high tier within another airline loyalty program, you can automatically become an A-List member on Southwest.

To start, sign up for the airline’s highly-rated Rapid Rewards program. Then, continue the process by emailing your first and last name, Rapid Rewards number and a screenshot of your elite status to

While status match approvals vary, it reportedly takes up to 12 days for the benefits to be reflected onto your account. Make sure you plan in advance, and take that time frame into consideration when reserving upcoming tickets.

Even if you’ve always been loyal to another airline frequent flier program, there are key advantages to consistently flying Southwest. As a Southwest A-Lister, you can get priority boarding, along with fast-lane check-in and security. Customers also get a dedicated phone line, free same-day standby and a 25% earning bonus.

As you move up in the Rapid Rewards program, frequent travelers should aspire for the highest Companion Pass tier, which allows members to add one person for free on each flight for the rest of the year and the year after that. Despite having to pay for taxes and fees on the complimentary ticket, the cost doesn’t even compare to the amount of savings you’ll get.

Regardless of status, Southwest has incredible sales all year round. This season, flights from San Diego to Maui can be had for as low as $178, which is notably less than Delta’s $257 price tag during the same December weekend. And the savings only increase when you consider that you can check two bags for free with Southwest.

Convinced this might be your new flight standard? You can keep your new A-List status by simply flying three round-trip routes in the span of 90 days. Go ahead, commit to the major travel change and don’t look back.

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Isis Briones

Isis Briones is a freelance writer who covers everything from travel to video games, fashion and everything in between. From Manhattan to Muramvya, Burundi, she's also lived all over the world. There's actually no telling where she could end up next, but she's always ready with a carry-on packed for whatever adventure comes her way.

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