I emailed Etihad via the contact us form requesting a United 1K match to Emirates Silver (I am currently blue) and was given a challenge. The status match to silver will only be received once complete 1-2 round trip flights within the next 12 months.
Thank you for contacting us.
I will review your account for Silver status match. Consequently, you will be required to complete one of the two flight options below in the coming 12 months:
Option #1: Two round trip Emirates flights in Economy class (Flex or Flex Plus fare)
Option #2: One round trip Emirates flight in Business or First class
Once you have completed one of the two options above, your account will automatically be upgraded to the Skywards tier mentioned.
For auto-credit of Miles and Tier upgrade, make sure to quote your membership number while booking your flights. Also, ensure that the booking name is an exact match to the name on your Skywards profile. If Miles are not auto-credited, you may claim them within 6 months from your travel date.
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