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Easiest Airline To Get Elite Status On?  
User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6827 times:

As most of you know by now... my main goal in life is to achieve elite status of some kind.. but for some reason I can't- which pisses me off.

This year I came PRETTY dang with CO, about 6,000 miles short of the 25,000 needed within a "calendar year" to become elite.

So, in your oppinion, which is the easiest airline to get elite status with? or are they all about the same?

Thanks for your imput,

Joe

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User currently offlineJyatlantic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6835 times:

Alaska Airlines used to only require 15,000, but its growing popularity has pushed that number to I think 20,000.

User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6830 times:

Quoting Jyatlantic (Reply 1):
Alaska Airlines used to only require 15,000, but its growing popularity has pushed that number to I think 20,000.

That's awesome! 20's better than 25! lol thanks..


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6827 times:

Ok I checked out the Alaska/Horizon program:

http://www.alaskaair.com/mileageplan/MVPStatus.asp

Dosen't look like it would have much benifit for a Skyteam flyer.  Wink  Smile

Thanks anyways..  wave 


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6811 times:

Maybe I'll just have to have a garage sale and start paying for F.. or get lots of friends at the airlines.  Smile hehe

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6802 times:

It definitely is NOT LH´s Miles&More for Germans (some overseas-customers´ requirements are lower).
They require 50.000 miles or 40 flights in Y in one calender year.
The cheapest internal fares gets you only 125 miles and do NOT count for the figure of "40 flights" ...
-HT



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6800 times:

Attaining elite status is pointless if you are only flying in order to attain it, since you aren't flying enough to get the benefits from it. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, though having said that I recently took a small diversion, went from a different airport in order to ensure I retained top level in one of my FFPs.

Other thing to consider is the benefits you get when reaching elite. For the same amount of flying the benefits can be drastically different.



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6794 times:

I guess the easiest one of I heard of is American Airlines, which have a thing called AA Platinum Challenge.
But if you aren't already flying then flying just to get status is not worth it.

check http://www.flyertalk.com for all information you ever wanted on frequent flier programs.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4635 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6788 times:

Just buy an around the world ticket.

Economy 4 continents / 20 sectors with OneWorld is about $3,500 Australian Dollars (or $2,700 US). You fly as full Economy and get awarded all the appropriate points etc.

I got the Business Class version and go QF Gold when I do my flights to Russia next month, and the second half of my itinerary is next year, meaning I'll earn enough to keep the Gold for a while.

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6772 times:
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DL SkyMiles has some great promotions to get status. If you have their credit card, they'll give you medallion qualifying miles for upgrading (sometimes as much as 5K or 10K, so that can be 1/3 of the way there). Also, I once had a big problem with one of their promotions so I sent them a letter about it, and they entered me in a promotion where if I flew 1 DL leg (on ANY DL flight in ANY class, including Exp and Song!) they would automatically put me in Silver medallion.

Needless to say, I did that (switched from B6 to DL last minute last Christmas), and got my Silver with only 19K medallion miles to date in my account (I obviously was not going to make it on my own).

Also, the AA silver/gold/platinum challenge is GREAT if you know you are going to be flying a few times in AA within a short period of time. It's not advertised, so you just need to get an AA person on the phone and asked to be entered in the "silver challenege" (for example), and they'll tell you the rules.


User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2637 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6771 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 6):
Attaining elite status is pointless if you are only flying in order to attain it, since you aren't flying enough to get the benefits from it.

Agreed.




I'm going to agree with Dartland the most. The DL SkyMiles program is the easiest one IMHO.

The SkyMiles American Express credit card can give you base miles. Be sure you get the right one, this will be one of the ones WITH an annual fee. It is a good card, however. I'm struggling, however, to find a way to use the companion ticket benefit. It really doesn't save you that much money anymore.

But, here are some other topics on the SkyMiles (or any program) that you wish to earn the base/MQM miles:

-Fare class: DL now lets all fares earn 1:1 flown:MQM, with the exception of the Y/B/M/J/D/I/F/A.. fare codes for full fare and premium cabin revenue tickets. These will earn 1:1.5 flown:MQM. So, if you get a premium seat or full fare, you can accelerate your earnings. One important note, if you get rebooked, you may get rebooked as Y on same day disruptions/cancellations, etc. So keep that in mind.

Didn't UA 'sell' gold status or something.



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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6766 times:

Quoting B4real (Reply 10):
Didn't UA 'sell' gold status or something.

haha yes,

$5,000 for silver, $10,000 for silver plus or whatever, and $20,000 for 1K!


User currently offlineEdoca From Belgium, joined Mar 2005, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6741 times:

Well I don't know if this would help the Americans around here, but I am very happy with the way I reached and maintain Silver Elite with KLM (maybe Northwest, as a close partner of KLM, has the same): I fly a minimum of 5 transatlantic segments per year. That is not enough to reach 25,000 miles which is required for Silver status, but when you add an additional feeder flight (in my case, I always fly the ridiculously short distance between Amsterdam and Brussels), the extra miles tip me over the 5,000mile mark, and hence with I easily secure my qualification.

Of course it helps that even the cheapest tickets get you 100% level miles.

The Silver benefits are great for me as well - extra baggage allowance, 50% bonus miles (not level miles but still great for upgrades and free tickets) and priority check-in. All I need really!


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6697 times:

I've already checked on prices and aviliablity, and next year I am going to stride 100% UA!!!!!! =D =D =D

Premier status, here I come!!!  Smile  Smile  Wink


User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6690 times:

The UA premier deal is for prepaying tickets. Basically, put the money into an account that can only be used to buy UA tickets and they will give you a year of elite. The idea is, that if you are going to be doing the flying, why not use the benefit while you're flying? I am a UA premier, probably get Premier exec before the years end, thanks to an unusually busy business travel year. It might keep up next year, but after that I will be in a new job and not traveling much at all. It would have been nice to be able to use the benefits when I needed them!

User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11436 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6647 times:
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For Brazilian Airlines:

Varig (RG) is one of the hardest to obtain a Gold Status (50,000 miles or 60 Y trips), also 100,000 miles or 100 Y trips for a Diamond Status (also a Star Gold).
TAM is easy to get Red Fidelity, you need 48,000 points (each trip is 1,000, but when you complete 12,000 you won 25% more and this could be used for the upgrade on category, so with 43 domestic trips, or 4 MIA or CDG trips, you obtain the top status).

Felipe



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