OkCupid’s “A-List Premium” – Is It Worth It?

If you’re reading this right now, you likely just came from a page that looks something like this:

A-List premium

And you’re wondering… Is A-List Premium worth the extra investment?

We’ll explain the difference between the two premium membership levels, A-List Basic and A-List Premium, and tell you when it makes sense to upgrade. Then stick around for some tips on how to use all those bells and whistles to boost your response rate and score more dates with the type women you want to meet most.

Exclusive Bonus: Download our 5 favorite conversation starters to get immediate response from attractive women.

OkCupid Premium Membership Comparison

A-List BasicA-List Premium
  • Search by attractiveness level, body type, personality, and her public answer to questions
  • See who “likes” you
  • See when she’s read your message
  • Ad-free

All the A-List features PLUS:

  • Automatic daily boost, which shows your profile to more women during peak hours.
  • Your profile is seen by women with a higher attractiveness level
  • See her answers to public questions before you provide your answer
  • Your messages appear higher up in her inbox


  • $59.70 for 6 months
  • $44.85 for 3 months
  • $19.95 for 1 month


  • $149.40 for 6 months
  • $89.70 for 3 months
  • $34.90 for 1 month

A-List Premium is worth it if:

  1. age of okcupid usersYou’re in your early 20s to mid 30s. This is OkCupid’s largest demographic, so premium features like the daily boost will show your profile to tons of attractive women.
  2.  You live in a decent-sized city. If you’re in a more remote area where the user pool isn’t as large, it’s probably not worth the extra cost.
  3. It’s in your budget and you’re looking for a serious relationship. If you can afford the monthly fee, access to more attractive women and priority messaging could make it easier and faster to find “The One”. You just need to be sure to follow all of the advice in this article for maximum results.

A-List Basic is worth it if:

  1. okcupid priceYour budget balks at the price tag of A-List Premium, but you’re not getting the results you want using the site for free.
  2. A few of the A-List Basic features like the ability to see who “likes” you could boost your response rate dramatically. More on how to do that in a minute.
  3. The city you live in is large enough to make the monthly fee worth it. Paying money to fish in a poorly stocked pond doesn’t make sense.

Don’t bother upgrading if:

  1. You live in sparsely populated area. If there aren’t a lot of users in your area, you probably won’t need the premium features to find women who intrigue you. Stick to using OkCupid for free, or if you’re not getting good results there switch to a couple free location-based apps like Tinder and Bumble instead.
  2. You don’t log on very often. Instead of paying a monthly fee for a dating site you don’t have time to check frequently, spend the money on a virtual dating assistant instead. You’ll go on dates with interesting, attractive women without the hassle of having to find them yourself.

How To Use A-List Premium Features To Your Advantage

Upgrading your membership is the easy part. If you really want to meet the most attractive women on OkCupid, you need to take full advantage of the A-List Premium features:


OkCupid Boost

OkCupid boostIt’s a simple numbers game – the more women who see your photo, the better. If she likes what she sees, she’s going to check out your profile. And if she’s interested enough to do that, she’s way more likely to respond to your message.

Here are 3 tips for maximizing your daily boost potential:


Increased attractiveness on OkCupid

OkCupid’s ranking system determines which matches you will see. If you’re rated highly on the attractiveness meter, you will see hotter women – and hotter women will see your profile. And vice versa – if the ranking deems you less attractive, your profile is shown to women who are also rated as less attractive.

But when you’re an A-List Premium member, your profile is shown to women rated more attractive than you are. That means you need to bring your A-game with your photos. Don’t worry – there are many ways to make your photos more attractive, even if you aren’t Brad Pitt’s doppelganger.


see question answers on OkCupid

OkCupid personality questionKnowing how someone answered a question can come in handy in a couple different ways.

You can boost your match rate by answering the questions the same way they did, assuming it’s not an issue you feel particularly strongly about.

You can also use those answers to send her targeted icebreaker messages. For instance, if she answered yes to the question “Does music have a big influence on your life”, you can safely assume she would enjoy responding to a music-related icebreaker like this one:

good icebreaker for OkCupid

Having an arsenal of “situation-specific” icebreakers ready to fire off at a moment’s notice will save you a ton of time in the long run – and there’s lot of proof that copy and paste messages really work.


message priority on OkCupid

The hotter she is, the more attention she’s getting from guys just like you. Message priority is like VIP access to her inbox – your message jumps to the front of the line.

But don’t squander your advantage with a lame, eye-roll-inducing icebreaker like “Hey” or “UR hot”. To merit a response, you’ve got to do better than that.

The easiest way to increase your response rate is to ask her a question. Guys who do this have a much higher success rate than guys who don’t. Asking a question puts you in charge of the conversation, which both gives her a reason to respond and makes it easy for her to keep the conversation going.

Think about it – if you’re leading with “Hey, ur hot”, do you really think she’ll take the time to reply, “Yes, I know”? (Spoiler alert: she’s probably not going to do that).

Ask a light-hearted question that’s fun to think about and easy to answer, then watch those responses roll in.

How To Use A-List Features To Your Advantage

This A-List Basic feature gives you the most bang for your buck, and it's included with your A-List Premium membership. Here is how to make the most of it:

This list is a goldmine of opportunity – she’s already expressed interest by “liking” you, so if you’re feeling it too, send her a message. Copy & paste messages will save you a ton of time, since you can send one like this to any woman who catches your eye:

OkCupid conversation starter

Get The Most Out Of Your Premium Membership

meet more women on okcupidUpgrading to A-List Premium unlocks a ton of features that will help you find the most beautiful local women on OkCupid. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your profile, photos, and messages are up to the challenge.

Or you could bring in a virtual dating assistant to handle everything for you. Our online dating experts know exactly what works and what doesn’t on OkCupid, and we’ve been finding the perfect matches for guys just like you since 2009. There’s no faster or easier way to meet interesting, attractive women online – all you do is show up for the dates!

Sound intriguing? Click here to get started today!

About VIDA

VIDA is your very own team of experts who set up high-quality dates for you so you can finally meet your ideal woman. Say goodbye to the hassle and frustration of online dating - we'll craft an irresistible dating profile, send engaging messages, and even book your dates for you. Thousands of guys have already made lasting connections with beautiful women, and we're ready to make you our next success story. All you need to do is schedule your free confidential consultation with us now.

Free Consultation