SkyTeam is one of the big three airlines alliances with the following members:
if you have Elite Status with one member then you can use priority check in, check extra bags, access lounges and board first with all members.
Alitalia is currently offering to match your status with another alliance, such as One World or Star Alliance. I’m not sure how they would view Middle Eastern carriers, although as Etihad is the major investor in Alitalia, I wouldn’t try to match using your Etihad status. I’m also not sure how you would fare with a Virgin Gold as Delta is a big investor in Virgin and they are part of SkyTeam.
All you need to do is:
- Register for the Alitalia Frequent Flyer program MilleMiglia.
- Send your details to StatusMatchMilleMiglia@alitalia.com – you’ll need your MilleMiglia number and a picture of your frequent flyer card. Obviously, you’ll need high status in another alliance in order to match. But the good thing is that they aren’t asking to see a recent statement – so you could have status that is close to expiry because you didn’t fly and still match.
One thing worth noting is:
The new, recognized status will be valid until March 31, 2016. If the status in the existing Frequent Flyer Program expires after March 31, 2016, the equivalent status recognized within the MilleMiglia Program will be valid until March 31, 2017.
So try to use a card that expires after March 2016.
Alitalia have a website page dedicated to this offer Alitalia Status Match.