Airline Elite Status

2022 Airline Status Recap & 2023 Status Goals

I’m finally getting a moment to breathe and look back on my 2022 year in travel.  Let’s start with airline status.  If you want to hear more about my airline status goals we had a detailed discussion this week on the pod.  At a high level, 2022 was a year where I continued to choose whatever airline offered me the best itinerary to maximize my time.  A nod was paid to cheap first class fares since it’s virtually impossible to be at peak productivity.  It was also about trying to […]

American Airlines Makes Changes To Their New Loyalty Program Less Than A Year After Launch

Less than a year after American Airlines launched their new loyalty program they’re tweaking the requirements to earn status as well as the benefits. This is on the heels of United Airlines finally adopting the requirements they announced in 2019 and Delta increasing their qualification requirements.  I’m not surprised to see American making changes a year in.  Okay, maybe a bit surprised.  But, I wholeheartedly agree this is the right approach.  Smart companies continue to innovate where they see opportunities.  In most cases, small tweaks are more well-received by customers […]

Back To The Future: United Finally Implementing Higher Status Requirements, With Some New Twists

Back in 2019 the airlines were gearing up to thin their elite ranks.  Travel was booming, though not the unbelievable demand we’re seeing this year.  Late in 2019 United announced a pretty significant revamp of how customers would earn elite status.  Just a few months later, the reality of COVID-19 caused the airlines to rapidly change direction.  In essence, the tougher qualification requirements wouldn’t see the light of day in 2020.  Nor 2021 or 2022.  As we head into 2023, United has announced that they will be adopting the increased […]

Match Your Airline Status To LATAM. Is It Worth It?

There’s a status match offer that launched recently which has been getting some buzz. You might be asking why a status match to an airline based in Latin America is of value to you.  It’s a valid question.  I’ll share my thoughts, but let’s cover the promotion first. LATAM Status Match Offer Chilean-based carrier LATAM is offering a status match opportunity in partnership with StatusMatch.com.  You can match airline status from a sizable list of airlines to different levels of status with LATAM.  The chart below shows the mapping of […]

Elite Status: 2021 Recap And A Look Forward To 2022

Just when I thought 2020 was the weirdest travel year I’d ever see, 2021 did everything it could to rival it.  Our family took a sharp left-hand turn during the pandemic and bought an RV.  We spent a fair amount of 2020 camping, a completely different way to travel.  That bled into 2021, though as the year turned to spring and summer I got back on the road for work again. 2021 had moments of “normal” but they were mostly defined as the “new normal“.  Airline schedules were geared towards […]

It Looks Like I’m Chasing Delta Diamond Status Without Getting On An Airplane

It’s been another one of those whirlwind months where nothing happens the way I planned it.  Plenty to catch you folks up on in the near future, but until then we’ve had something of an interesting development in the elite status world.  First, a bit of background. My Road Warrior History, In Brief I started traveling for work back in 2000, with a lull for a few years, then in earnest starting in 2007.  Since then, I regularly clocked 100,000 miles on airplanes each and every year, pandemic years excluded.  […]

Whoa: American Airlines Is Treating Executive Platinum Members Like It’s 2007

What a long, strange trip it’s been.  American Airlines is treating some of their best customers like they did a long time ago.  The airline industry has been through so much the past 20 years.  I traveled a bit here and there for work in the 90s.  I never really traveled enough to earn elite status until 2000, and then started chasing status in earnest in the wake of 9/11 as business travel returned. Leading up to 9/11 my father was a road warrior who traveled almost exclusively with TWA.  […]

I’m Actually Pretty Excited About My Frontier Status Match

How Is He Balancing That Credit Card On His Nose???

After almost 9 months of no air travel and no plans to get on a plane anytime soon, the moments where I’m truly excited about travel have been few and far between.  In fact, most this year have involved renting RVs and ultimately buying an RV and a pickup truck (more on that in future stories).  You might find it odd for me to be talking about a Frontier Airlines status match, especially since I’m normally on one of the big 3 domestic carriers. Frontier Airlines is actually an airline […]