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US & AA Merged FF - Elite Status Question  
User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

I am wondering what US & AA will do for elites that have status with both at the time the programs are merged. For example, if you had 25K eqm in AA (AA Gold) and 75K eqm in US (DM Platinum), would they treat that to be 100K eqm in the joint program (Executive Platinum, assuming they move to a 4 level program as is widely expected)? Or perhaps you will just keep the higher level between the two programs?

I know details have not yet been announced, but perhaps experiences from the NW/DL or CO/UA mergers might suggest possible outcomes.

Your thoughts?


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User currently offlineMIflyer12 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 1030 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

This reflects how I recall the DL/NW program merger from October 2009.

'If you had previously linked your WorldPerks and SkyMiles accounts, your accounts are in the process of being consolidated. Your miles, Elite Qualifying Miles and Segments, and lifetime EQMs have already been combined.'

https://www.cbtravel.com/blog/?p=1130


User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

Thanks for the link. Unfortunately it doesn't answer part of my question.

The programs are expected to be linked in 2014 and elite status will be based on 2013 activity, so as noted in my original post, what would be the elite status level? If eqm with AA is 25K and eqm with US is 75K, would that person be 75K elite or 100K elite for 2014 (based on 2013 earn)?

I do get that current year combinations will likely be simply additive. With status being based mostly on previous year activity it has me curious as to how airlines handle this.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

The way UA/CO did it was to have you designate one account to be your primary elite status earning account when the two were linked prior to the merge. I'd expect AA/US to do the same. I forget how DL/NW did it.

More info on UA/CO here: Major Enhancement: United and Continental Miles and Status Now Combinable



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User currently offlineMIflyer12 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 1030 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the link. Unfortunately it doesn't answer part of my question.

Yes, it does, if one notes that the combination occurred mid-year. DL used DL + NW miles/segments from October 2009 for elite qualifying for 2010.


User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

Quoting MIflyer12 (Reply 4):
Yes, it does, if one notes that the combination occurred mid-year. DL used DL + NW miles/segments from October 2009 for elite qualifying for 2010.

If they follow the DL/NW path and have a mid-year combination it might, but if they wait until 2014 to link as many believe will be the case then it does not resolve the question.

I'm not concerned with what a person will earn once they are linked, my question is about what happens for elite level based on past travel where the combination of eqm would place the individual in a higher category.

Here's a sample timeline to better illustrate my question:

Programs are linked in January 2014
Elite status earning for 2013: 25K on AA, 75K on US meaning Gold on AA and Platinum on US
So what is the status on the combined AA in 2014?

If you look at what they have out for information now it is vague (as it should be since they are legally separate companies). http://www.aa.com/arriving/ponLoyPro-03.html



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 5):
Programs are linked in January 2014
Elite status earning for 2013: 25K on AA, 75K on US meaning Gold on AA and Platinum on US
So what is the status on the combined AA in 2014?

I believe you have to differentiate between "linked" and "combined". Before UA/CO were "combined", they allowed you to "link" to choose which program your elite earning miles would be credited to for the following year, while maintaining the status you'd earned in either program the previous year for the current year's benefits initially.



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User currently offlineKD5MDK From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

What if programs are linked for the 2015 membership year? With a universal codeshare taking effect on or about the merger date, they might just defer program consolidation until you've had a full year of crediting your flights to whichever program you want.

User currently offlineckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5237 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

Here's another question. Will lifetime elite status continue? I accumulated 1 million miles on AA, so I have lifetime gold status. But, I don't fly a lot now. I don't know if US has any sort of lifetime achievement programs, but I haven't found anything to that effect on the US website.

I think it would be a poor decision by management to eliminate lifetime status, considering the number people who achieve eltie status regularly for a number of years.


User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3103 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2345 times:

Quoting ckfred (Reply 8):
I don't know if US has any sort of lifetime achievement programs, but I haven't found anything to that effect on the US website.

US has one, I believe. Once you've flown 1M miles with it, you're awarded Silver Preferred for as long as you remain an active member.



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