The end of the year is always an interesting time for me as I try to figure out if and how I will requalify for elite status. There is a limited amount of time to book qualifying flights and hotel stays, relatively high prices due to holiday travel, and an interesting mix of secondary factors that need to be weighed to determine the most optimal … [Read more...]
Here are all the posts I've ever written on the topic of Elite Status.
Now that I'm actively looking into how I can switch my status from United Airlines to either Alaska or American Airlines (or both), I'm wondering the best way to do it without losing the benefits I've already obtained on United. After all, I have another round of Regional and Global Premier Upgrades coming up for 2014. They would expire unused -- … [Read more...]
United just keeps finding new ways to outcompete Delta in developing the most unfriendly loyalty program. I'm not going to do anything different for the rest of 2013. I am close enough that I plan to complete my efforts to reach Premier 1K status. But I will be actively looking for any announcements about changes to American AAdvantage. My soft … [Read more...]
Reader @kziel shared an awesome trick on Twitter this morning that can reveal your Premier Qualifying Dollars for 2013 as well as other metrics that determine qualification for elite status on United such as the minimum four segments on United-operated flights and the number of Premier Qualifying Miles … [Read more...]
Completing my short series on the topic, today I cover the US Airways Trial Preferred status challenge program and the opportunity to outright buy elite qualifying miles. Last week I discussed ways to "boost" or otherwise pay to requalify for elite status on American Airlines, as well as how to apply for an elite status challenge if you don't … [Read more...]