Earlier in the year I carved out my goals for 2012. Since I just finished re-qualifying for Hyatt Diamond, now seemed like a good time to do a bit of homework to see if I was on track. We’re not quite to the halfway point of the year, but it’s been a busy 5 months or so.
American Airlines (Executive Platinum): 18K to go to finish out EXP for the year and I’ll earn 10K of those with credit card purchases. This is a lock, and my favorite airline status.
United Airlines (1K): My expectation here was 75K and Platinum status, a drop from last year. However, I’m currently hovering at 50K with over half the year to go and StarMegaDO 4 coming. 80% likely I re-qualify for 1K. This pales in comparison to my EXP but I do end up flying UA to get home earlier to see the family. Tradeoffs exist everywhere in life. Highly doubt I will hit 1K in 2013.
Starwood (Platinum): Depending on how an award booking that I have next week posts, I will most likely finish up my re-qualification by August. I need 12 stays or 19 nights which looks highly likely. I don’t value Platinum anywhere near as highly as Hyatt Diamond but it’s easy for me to get another year towards my lifetime status this year using award stays.
Hyatt (Diamond): I now have 26 stays for the year, 1 more than needed to qualify for Diamond. So, this is wrapped up. By far my favorite hotel status and my second favorite program behind American.
I fully expect Hilton to drop me from Diamond status as I’ve had no stays this year. I still maintain bottom-tier status with Marriott, which is worth about as much as a square tire.
United 1K continues to underwhelm. I may consider some status on US Airways, and I’ll probably do a status match to Turkish as View From the Wing suggests so I can keep Star Alliance Gold.
What are your plans for status this year? What loyalty card is the most valuable in your wallet?