B777A340Fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 784 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5543 times:
I don't travel often enough to acquire elite status, so I was wondering if there was another way to get said status, without accruing miles/points the conventional way. I was looking into the United MileagePlus Club card, but it only gives you access to United Clubs (not Star Alliance partners' lounges)/free check-in bags/priority boarding and check-in. It doesn't give you free upgrades to economy plus or biz/first. Is there another way that you know of?
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5493 times:
I sure hope not. I am not well versed in the UA MileagePlus program; however, on the airline I hold elite status on you earn it by flying....in my case 100K+ miles a year. I've already flown 65 flight segments since Jan 1 and I appreciate the "perks" provided in the program to reward my flying and help speed the experience of flying 3 weeks out of every month. I do a lot of non glamorous domestic flying so I don't sit back in a full bed recline and get wined and dined across the sky. I would not appreciate someone earning perks of equal value if they did not fly. Sorry that is not intended with a mean streak to you as someone who doesn't fly often; this is however a frequent flyer program designed to reward its most valued and earned loyalty customers. It is one thing to accrue miles into an account to redeem for free flights, hotel nights and rental cars; quite another to be recognized for flying often on the airline.
The airline's market to the public to build recognition and loyalty. A credit card that affords double mileage accrual, annual companion passes, access to Club and lounge facilities, free baggage check and priority boarding is a popular tool to generate business. It is almost a joke now that after pre-boards, First Class, elite frequent flyers, and "priority" customers in Zone 1 the aircraft is almost full so these features grow to huge proportions when these things are mass marketed and eagerly obtained by John Q. Public to enhance their travel experience. Loyalty credit card programs are a multi-billion dollar business for the airlines and the banks.
Several years ago I had a work associate fussing they were 5000 miles short of having enough miles to get their son a ticket to Paris to attend a college program in the summer. He casually remarked "I'll just have to go out and buy $5000 worth of stuff to get those miles." When I reminded him he could get a ticket to Paris for about $900, he looked stunned and remarked "Geez, I am so focused on earning miles, I've never thought of buying a ticket to fly!"
I rest my case.
Good Luck with your travels,
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7498 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5486 times:
The AMEX program is pretty good. Plus, with certain cards, every month (usually) there are pretty neat 2 x 1 offers on many carriers´ C and F cabins. You also get acess to their Centurion Clubs and to other airlines´ lounges. It´s a good way to accrue the equivalent of miles without having to be loyal to any one carrier or alliance.
CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3435 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5424 times:
You could always control the budget of a large corporation. So if you're the CEO or CFO you could get the elite of the elite memberships! Don't need to actually fly in that case....
Other than that, there a credit cards, but they usually just give benefits to one airline, and are often quite expensive, and not worth it (in my opinion), especially when you will not use it that often (which would be the case if you cannot accrue enough miles alone).