LAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47 Posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4482 times:
Thai Air requires 50,000 miles of travel in the calender year following enrollment year to earn Gold status. I am short about 7,000 miles, and would like some help in doing mileage runs on US Air as Thai gives full mileage on all US Air ticket classes. I am based in Los Angeles.
The Gold status is valid for a period of two years and provides for a free RT upgrade. The free upgrade will be very valuable as I fly to India once a year--the difference in fare between economy and business class is around $3,000 between LAX-India.
BTW, this is the first FFP I have enrolled in; in the past I opted for the best value( I am self employed) and never bothered with accumulating miles. However, this year I made two trips to India on Thai, once in Y and the other time in J--hence the mileage accumulation and opportunity to earn Gold status.
BP1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4462 times:
If you are looking to get USAirways mileage quickly purchase a First Class fare with several connections, odd routings to say Florida and return. The reason I say this is because you also get a 50% bonus on elite qualifying miles on F tickets, they really are A class on USAirways. I recently did this on a PHX-FLL flight in which I went through DCA and picked up an extra 2,000 miles plus the additional A fare bonus to qualify me for Platinum status in 2008 on USAirways.
Why not do a LAX-PHX-HNL-PHX-LAX turn in one day if that is enough. The fare is not too bad, or do a LAX-PHX-ANC-PHX-LAX turn too in A class.
Just a thought.
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4392 times:
Quoting LAXDESI (Thread starter): The free upgrade will be very valuable as I fly to India once a year--the difference in fare between economy and business class is around $3,000 between LAX-India.
Using a Star upgrade is an actual physical impossibility - you have to pay full fare Y just about to even qualify, and available seats in the upgrade class are usually rarer than hens teeth, and on any flight to India, you can forget about it. The upgrades are a snare and a delusion.