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What’s going on in the word of travel, miles and points?
View From the Wing has an early scoop on purchasing status from American Airlines if you fell short in 2012. American is my preferred airline, and I found Platinum status to be fairly rewarding when I was at that level a number of years ago, mostly because not every elite receives unlimited complimentary upgrades, so my upgrade percentage was quite high. The price for Platinum is between $619 and $769 depending on how many miles you flew with AA last year. If you plan any sort of meaningful flying on AA this year I’ve got to think it’s worth it as you’d spend much more on mileage runs. Platinum earns a 100% bonus on miles flown, so that alone takes care of some of the cost of the buy-back. The only downside is you’re buying the status, not the EQMs to achieve the status, so you’ll still need to fly the appropriate number of miles or segments in 2013 to maintain status. As Gary points out, AA won’t let you take AAdvantage of this offer if you took advantage of the same offer last year.
Loyalty Lobby has info on a Marriott promo where you can earn 1,000 miles with Delta or US Airways per stay. I’m not a big fan of Marriott, but they have a large loyal following and 1,000 miles is nothing to sneeze at. It’s also likely that this is stackable with Marriott’s 2013 1st quarter promotion.
Speaking of Marriott, I’ve been meaning to write about their changes to lifetime status. One Mile At a Time has the scoop here. They removed the requirement that you be a member of the program for 12 years and lowered the total number of nights required to achieve lifetime status. Since I’m not a big fan, I couldn’t imagine staying in Marriott properties 750 nights to earn top-tier status when their top-tier compares so poorly to SPG and Hyatt. But, in an age where miles and points are consistently devalued over time, I would have expected a program like Marriott to move the goalposts further back. So, kudos to them for improving this. For those trying to achieve these levels, things just got a bit easier.
Thanks to Mommy Points for putting together a quick update on Ultimate Rewards shopping portal bonuses. It still shocks me how high some of these bonuses can be for purchases you intend to make from everyday merchants for things like office supplies and toilet paper. You’re not maximizing your earning if you’re not focusing some attention on shopping portals.
The Street has a really nice timeline that details the 10-year saga of US Airways pilots. While there’s no new info here, it’s a great summary for those not completely familiar with the whole story or for those who don’t recall all the salient details after a decade of controversy. While the likelihood of a merger keeps increasing there are also a small (but growing) number of AA pilots with some skepticism that they can all get along.