Free Spirit, the surprisingly good new loyalty program from Spirit Airlines, was launched in early 2021. Well, the ultra-low-cost airline has now launched a Status Match Challenge program that might interest some.
Free Spirit Status Match Challenge
Spirit Airlines has launched a Status Match Challenge that will allow those loyal to other US airlines to switch their business to Spirit and receive perks immediately.
If you have elite status with another airline, Spirit Airlines will give you equivalent status in Free Spirit for free for 90 days. You then have the option of maintaining this status with reduced requirements. Let’s take a closer look at how this works.
Which status levels corresponds to Spirit Airlines?
Spirit Airlines will match the status with Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and United. Depending on your status with a competitor, you can acquire either silver or gold status in the free spirit. Status mappings are displayed as follows:
How much do you have to fly to maintain free spirit status?
Spirit Airlines offers a Status Match Challenge. This means you get 90 days of free status. However, you must then earn a certain number of Status Qualifying Miles (SQMs) in order to maintain the status:
- To maintain Free Spirit Silver status, you must earn 500 SQPs
- To maintain Free Spirit Gold status, you must earn 1,250 SQPs
A couple of things to keep in mind:
- These requirements are a quarter of the typical annual requirements to achieve status
- The status acquired through this Status Match Challenge is valid for the remainder of the calendar year and then for the entire following calendar year
You earn one SQP for every dollar spent with Spirit Airlines (before taxes and fees), which means you have to spend $ 500 on Spirit flights to maintain Silver status and $ 1,250 on Spirit flights to maintain Gold status.
How do you request a Spirit Status Match Challenge?
Use this link to start the process of requesting a Status Match challenge from Spirit Airlines. Note that you are only eligible if you haven’t received a status match or free status with Free Spirit in the past two years.
To be a match, you must also have earned status through a competing airline’s published requirements, which means that free status or status earned through a promotion does not qualify. You will need to provide a document confirming your elite status.
Do not request the Status Match Challenge until you are ready to start your 90 day clock as it will begin within 24 hours of receiving your email confirmation for inclusion in the Status Match Challenge .
This is a great offer, but …
When I wrote about the launch of the program, I was extremely impressed with the new Free Spirit program. Spirit Airlines’ business model is about charging for almost everything. However, with Free Spirit Gold status, you can pay the vast majority of these fees as everything from free carry-on baggage to free checked baggage to free baggage is provided with priority boarding, free seat selection, free flight changes, free beverages and snacks in-flight .
The status is so useful that I almost feel like asking Spirit Airlines for the status. This is a generous offer that makes it extremely easy to do.
But that goes into the issue with this offer too – how the hell am I going to be spending $ 1,250 (pre-tax) on Spirit Airlines flights in 90 days if I’m not hooked for all of those fees?
This is the airline that regularly offers double-digit dollar fares. For example, I can fly from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles for $ 31, and almost half of that is taxes and fees.
What should I do to fly Spirit Airlines every day for the next few months to spend $ 1,250? 😉
Spirit Airlines recently launched its new Free Spirit frequent flyer program which is phenomenal for an ultra low cost airline. The airline has now introduced a Status Match challenge that allows elite members with other US airlines to maintain status for a period of 90 days and then keep it for the entire membership year in exchange for some flights.
I’m almost tempted to take advantage of this, other than earning 1,250 SQPs is not an easy task …
Anyone planning to use this Spirit Match Status Match Challenge?