April 13, 2023

You Can Get Spirit Gold Status As a Member of These Other Loyalty Programs

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Spirit Airlines is holding a limited-time “status match” for members of certain hotel or airline rewards programs. Those who qualify will be eligible to get entry-level for Silver status or top-tier Gold status in the Free Spirit Program for a year.

Qualifying reward programs

Members of these 32 hotel or airline loyal reward programs qualify for the status match, including many popular ones like Hilton Honors, Marriott’s Bonvoy, American Airlines’ AAdvantage, and Delta’s SkyMiles. Your Spirit Silver or Gold status will based on your reward status in your other rewards program—but be aware that the status match will run you $49 for Silver and $99 for Gold. You also need to be a Free Spirit member to enroll in the status match, which you can do here. You won’t qualify for the status match if you’ve done other Spirit status matches or challenges over the last two years.

Spirit’s Silver and Gold plan benefits

If you’re a frequent flier with Spirit Airlines, there are some good benefits from being a Silver or Gold status tier holder.

Silver status perks:

  • Host a points pool (basically combining points with other reward programs)
  • Priority support
  • Redemption fee waiver (you don’t pay a redemption fee when you use your points)
  • Exit Row seat assignment
  • Shortcut boarding
  • Shortcut security
  • Same-day standby
  • Overweight baggage fee waiver

Gold status perks:

  • Same perks as Silver status
  • Free checked bag
  • Free carry-on bag
  • Free drink and snack onboard
  • Zone 1 boarding
  • Free Flight Flex
  • Pet fee waiver
  • Group 2/3/4/5 seat selection at purchase

Some of the best perks is the free checked bag and carry on bag, which can range from around $40 to $55 and $58 to $72 respectively, depending on the flight. If you fly one roundtrip with a carry-on bag, you’ve effectively paid off the Gold status.

How to request a status match

Spirit has an application on their site to request a status match. You’ll be asked for your name, email address, Free Spirit number, and country of residence. Then you’ll just need to add information on the loyalty program you’re already a part of, including proof of membership. After you pay, you can track your application.

You can find more information about the status match promotion here. Keep in mind that there’s no deadline for the promotion, so it might end at any time.

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