What do you expect from elite status as a business traveler? I know what to expect and I’m even surprised once in a while.
American Airlines appears to be back in the business of selling elite status again this year. Elite members who haven’t reached their qualification goals for 2017 will likely have the opportunity to buy their status for next year under certain conditions.
I’ve been accused from time to time of being an AA apologist. I think that label is a bit harsh, but there’s no question I’ve spent many years as an AA fan. That’s harder nowadays, but every once in a while I hear a story that gives me hope. Here’s one….
My father traveled quite a bit when I was younger. It was a fundamental part of his job, something he couldn’t avoid. It lead to some pretty cool family vacations, so we learned to deal with him being gone now and then.
He spent a bunch of time flying on TWA, and then American Airlines after AA acquired TWA out of bankruptcy. He had colleagues that traveled a lot more than him and received luxurious gifts like luggage and crystal for hitting milestones in the amount of flying they did with the various airlines.
Back then, my father recalls getting upgrades on virtually every TWA flight he flew, regardless of the destination. He can also remember when he transitioned to American Airlines that he would receive upgrades on flights to London even as a Gold member purchasing coach tickets.
Call it the “blah-ification” by a thousand cuts. That’s the case with the American Airlines AAdvantage program over the past couple of years. While there have been occasional positive changes, the negative tweaks have me trying to think logically.
If you’re going to play this game of miles and points, it’s essential to take advantage of double-dip opportunities. They come along less often than they used to, but this partnership between American Airlines and Uber will allow you to stack up the earnings for a few months.
Today’s Best of the Rest features status matches to American Airlines Executive Platinum status, the FAA doesn’t like the Rams new stadium, false start before turning over a NewLeaf, cheap flights to Vegas and Europe…..
This is always one of my favorite posts of the year. It’s not because I’m telling you about where I traveled. It’s because I get to remember all the fantastic places we were able to visit.
Most trips I take have remarkable elements, especially those that I take with my family. My wife has a much better memory than I do, though. So, this exercise at the end of the year is my reminder of those memories we made.