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Pondering United Premier Platinum Over Gold for 2014

“To Plat or not to Plat, that is the question.” I started pondering this last night after updating my mileage spreadsheet to see that after flying what I have booked for the rest of the year, I’ll be about 11,000 miles short of Premier Platinum next year. I had long resigned myself not to go…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 16, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Earlier this week, American Airlines offered a fast-track to elite status that was quickly removed by the airline after it became apparent that many non-targeted travelers were successful in registering for the campaign. AAdvantageGeek got the lowdown on whether those who signed up will…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 14, 2013

A sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: American Airlines offer(ed) a fast-track to elite status earlier today, where non-elites could register and fly a minimal amount of miles to earn status through February 2015. The link appears to be down as of this posting (too many blog posts about it?), but I…

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Mileage Run Opportunity: $179.60 Nets 6,974 United Premier Qualifying Miles

[Edited 2:00pm PDT: And zap… it’s gone. This fare was pulled in the last hour or so from all cities. Hope you got in on the deal while it lasted!] Here’s a pretty amazing 2.58 CPM mileage run on United. Availability is rather limited for the routing in my example below, but other connection city…

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New United Airlines Baggage Handle Wraps for 1K and Global Services Elites

A surprise arrived in the mail yesterday from the United MileagePlus Service Center. When I first pulled the envelope out of my mailbox, I immediately had the irrational thought that United had downgraded me mid-year from Premier 1K to a General Member. The envelope looks like a standard membership kit: But my mind was immediately…

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Rumor: Did American Airlines Leak Its New Elite Status Requirements?

The “big” news this week so far has been United’s addition of a revenue requirement to achieve or maintain elite status beginning in 2014. I wrote a quick summary of the new policy in this post, and I followed it up with my thoughts on why I think it’s only the beginning of revenue-based changes.…

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United’s Revenue Model for Elite Status Is Only the Beginning

Earlier today, I quickly posted the news that United Airlines will introduce a new Premier Qualifying Dollar (PQD) revenue requirement in 2014 to maintain or achieve elite status, in addition to the normal mileage requisites. It didn’t come as a shock to me and I promised to share more of my thoughts about the change.…

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United Airlines Adds Spend Requirement for Elite Status Beginning in 2014

Hot off the Flyertalk and Milepoint boards is the announcement that beginning next year, United will follow Delta’s lead by adding an annual spend requirement for elite qualification. Here is UA Insider’s post from this morning: Today we’re announcing some upcoming changes to our Premier qualification requirements for 2014. We’ve posted complete details and a…

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Mileage Run Opportunity: $249.40 Nets 6,576 United Premier Qualifying Miles

Here’s a United mileage run with oodles of availability I found this morning that I haven’t seen posted elsewhere. This $99 one-way base airfare between San Francisco and Charlotte was filed back on April 26, and given it hasn’t been pulled yet, this post might stay useful longer than my last mileage run tip. It…

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Virgin America Extends Status Match Program, Adds Southwest Airlines

Virgin America today extended its status match program for elite frequent fliers with American and United – and added Southwest Airlines. It’s a match/challenge combo, actually, where you’ll be matched outright until June 30, 2013 and offered the ability to extend your status through the end of 2013. This extension is for new applicants as…

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