Together with Alitalia’s successor ITA Airways, a new frequent flyer program called Volare was also launched at the end of 2021. Normally this wouldn’t be too interesting. However, since then there has often been a status match. Therefore, many of our readers could currently have a frequent flyer status with ITA.
Now there are good news for (almost?) all new ITA frequent flyers. Yesterday, the airline announced a status extension until December 2023. Otherwise, most accounts would have been downgraded by the end of January.
The extension is apparently not yet visible in the online account. But yesterday the corresponding e-mails were sent out:
Thank you for deciding to be part of our loyalty program Volare in this special year.Email to members
Twelve months have passed since the start of the program, months packed with new experiences and initiatives specially designed for our members: promotions, new features, and the arrival of exclusive partners.
Because you have been with us from the start, we have decided to offer you a special gift.
For the entire duration of next year, until December 31st 2023, you will maintain your level within the program and continue to enjoy the benefits of Club Executive.
Continued Issues with SkyTeam Benefits Recognition
ITA has been a member of the SkyTeam alliance since October 2021. This means that ITA Volare status holders (Premium level and above) can theoretically enjoy lounge access on all international flights operated by Air France, KLM, Korean Air, Delta, … and many other benefits.
In practice, however, there are still serious problems with recognition. We’re hearing that it is still not possible to enter an ITA frequent flyer number on the websites of KLM & Air France. In our experience, things are no better with other airlines.
It is therefore difficult to be able to use all the advantages such as additional baggage allowance, SkyPriority, etc. in practice. At least, lounge access at the big hubs is now being granted in many cases.
Cover Picture: Ditmar Lange