Copa Restricts Status Match
I was one of the first people to write about how Copa’s ConnectMiles program was status matching elites from other airlines and alliances. Previously most people had only thought Copa was matching United elites, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.
A few weeks ago I submitted my status match to Copa (before the news broke) and was given ConnectMiles Silver status, their lowest tier. Since I am mid-tier with Alaska this was a little surprising, however I guess I should be happy I was matched at all.
One Mile at a Time is reporting that several readers are now being told the following when writing to Copa for a status match:
Greetings from ConnectMiles and thank you for contacting us.
We have received your request for a status match; however, we only make status match with airlines that are part of our region.
What is the Region?
Based on that language, the next pertinent question then becomes what is the region? In the comments of the OMAAT post, people report being denied when trying to match status from BA, Etihad, Cathay, Turkish, Air Berlin, Aegean, Qantas. On the flip side, people have reported success matching Delta, Alaska and American Airlines status.
It seems based on that information, that Copa is only matching status from airlines in North and South America. This is good news if you were wanting to match from a U.S. based program, however bad news if you only have status with an airline outside of this region.
The Copa ConnectMiles status match has been covered widely and thus I am sure they are getting a lot of requests. While it seems U.S. based programs are still working, if you are interested in a match it is probably a good idea to do it sooner rather than later. You can find instructions for how to request a match along with my experience here.