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The perks of elite status vary across airlines, as do the requirements for earning it. This handy guide gives you an at-a-glance rundown.

Mileage and segments are for Economy Class travel; status is attained either via miles flown, segments flown or points, unless otherwise indicated

 

Airline
(Program)
Alliance Miles/
Segments 
to 
Level 1
Elite Status
 
Miles/
Segments
to 
Level 2
Elite Status
 
Miles/
Segments
to 
Level 3
Elite Status
 
Elite 
Check-In 
Counter? 
Free 
VIP 
Lounge Access?
Aerolineas
Argentinas

(Aerolineas Plus)
SkyTeam 25,000 / 30
 (or 15,000 +
 15 sgmts.)
 50,000 / 60   (or 30,000 +
 30 sgmts.)
 ----------v v 
(Club Premier)SkyTeam 50,000  80,000 100,000 v v 
top 2
tiers
(AAdvantage)
oneworld 25,000 / 30 50,000 / 60 100,000 / 
 100
 v Fee dis-
 count
AviancaTaca 
(LifeMiles)
 Star Alliance 22,000 / 25 40,000 / 45 75,000 / 85 v v
Copa Airlines
(MileagePlus) 
 Star Allliance 25,000 / 30 50,000 / 60 75,000 / 90 v v       int'l: 
top 3 
tiers; 
discount for rest
Delta Air Lines
(SkyMiles)
 SkyTeam 25,000 / 30 50,000 / 60 75,000 / 100
 v 
top 3 
tiers
 
tier 4 
only; 
discount tiers 2 
and 3
GOL/Varig
(Smiles) 
 Air France, 
 KLM, Delta 
 10,000 20,000 35,000 v  
top 2 
tiers
 v  
top 2
tiers
JetBlue*
(TrueBlue) 
 Partnerships
 with
 American
 Airlines
 Emirates, 
 Hawaiian
 Airlines

 12,000 pts.
 + 30 sgmts.
 (or 15,000
 pts.)
 ----------  ----------   
LAN
(LANPASS) 
 oneworld 40,000 with 
 LAN, TAM 
 or oneworld
 or 
 30 legs with 
 LAN or TAM
 80,000 with LAN, TAM 
 or oneworld
 or
 60 legs with  LAN or TAM 
 150,000 with 
 LAN, TAM 
 or oneworld
 or
 100 sgmts. 
 with LAN or
 TAM
 v v
top 3
tiers
Southwest
(Rapid Rewards)
 none 35,000 
 or 25 flights
 70,000 
 or 50 flights
 ----------  v 
TAM
(Fidelidade)  

 Star Alliance 12,000 pts. 48,000 pts. 100,000 pts. v  
top 3
tiers
 
top 3 
tiers
United Airlines 
(Mileage Plus)
 Star Alliance 25,000 / 30 50,000 / 60 75,000 / 90  v 
int'l: top 3 tiers

*Base fare earns three points per US$ spent/six points per US$ spent when booked on Jetblue.com

 

Level 4 Elite Status
Several airline loyalty programs now offer a 4th level of Elite status:

Copa Airlines: 100,000 miles / 120 segments
Delta Air Lines: 125,000 miles / 140 segments
LAN: 210,000 miles with LAN or TAM or 180,000 with 16 medium or long haul legs with LAN or
TAM in Business Class TAM: 150,000 points
United Airlines: 100,000 miles / 120 segments  

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