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On Reaching Elite Status: How Did You Feel?  
User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

One day I'll be at least Gold on AA.....

So after you good folks reached Elite status with you carrier how did you feel? Or did you really care? Was it a goal for you to reach this plateau or something done as a result of you being a frequent flyer?

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User currently offlineFURUREFA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 801 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3650 times:

I'm an AA Gold and to tell you the truth, its not a huge deal. Most of the time you won't be upgraded due to the # of plats. (platinum( and exec. plats. (executive platinum). The one you really want to be is exec. plat., you get free upgrades on any domestic flight, which you almost always get, access to the FL (Flagship Lounge) on an International Itinerary. If you want more info. about AA, or any other airline, go to www.flyertalk.com.


Matt


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3637 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
So after you good folks reached Elite status with you carrier how did you feel? Or did you really care? Was it a goal for you to reach this plateau or something done as a result of you being a frequent flyer?

For me it was a huge goal to get to silver, there are perks for sure but not nearly as many as the higher levels. I felt like I owned the sky right up until I didn't get an upgrade as a silver because the Plats/Golds got them all, I was devistated but got over it!  Smile So then my goal was Gold and Platinum, that is when I learned the system and put it to as use for me as best I could. As a CO Platinum, which I have been for maybe 5 years or so it is great. The bonus miles, the unlimited upgrades if the seats are there and you are almost always first on the list if you haven't gotten it before boarding, to the Y fare upgrades which are available to all CO Elite OnePass folks if the seats are available at booking, being elite is very nice.

GO for it



Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offlineWorldjet777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

I'm Gold on AA and Silver on CO.
I LOVE IT! I was really excited when I got it, and now 80% of the time I'm in first on both of these carrriers plus NW because of the reciprocation with CO. IMO it makes the whole experience so much nicer, and now I'm working for a higher level on CO. I have had very good success with upgrades, and have never had trouble with getting a good seat in Coach if not. The Y elite upgrade policy on CO is also very nice. I think elite status really brings out the best in an airline...especially CO!
Cheers,
wj777



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9490 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3617 times:

Getting Premier on United was really nice. It was awesome to get the perks of upgrades, priority standby and priority check in. However getting to Premier Executive was much nicer since those priorities were better. My favourite thing is priority standby, which is super nice when flights are delayed, you want to get home early, or worst of all your flight is cancelled. I like being able to fly first class about half the time, and also how it seems like I get tons of miles. With all the bonuses, I get somewhere around triple miles, which means more miles to use for upgrades or the real rewards like international first or business class.

But I try and not let it get to my head or anything. I'm not better than anyone else except for the fact that I am lucky and get to travel a lot. However I find it really entertaining when flight attendants and gate agents look at me and wonder how I could have the status that I do since I look so young (On my last flight a flight attendant questioned me on whether I was old enough to sit in the exit row...haha). Plenty of people in their early 20s are elite members, especially with all of the young people working in computer driven industries.



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User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3610 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 4):
But I try and not let it get to my head or anything. I'm not better than anyone else except for the fact that I am lucky and get to travel a lot. However I find it really entertaining when flight attendants and gate agents look at me and wonder how I could have the status that I do since I look so young

I'm majoring in Supply Chain at ASU and I really, really want a job that will let me do something like this. I want to be a business traveller and get to go all sorts of places, as long as I get time at home also of course. And welcome to the RU club.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3700 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

The new card made my wallet feel heavier.

[Edited 2006-06-20 03:40:22]


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
So after you good folks reached Elite status with you carrier how did you feel?

It feels good only in that I know I'll be able to board the plane early with the rest of the DL Medallions. It feels like crap in that I know I have been away from home way too much.

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
Or did you really care?

See above.

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
Was it a goal for you to reach this plateau or something done as a result of you being a frequent flyer?

It is a goal only in that it provides a bit of sanity when at the airport and trying to board the plane. Silver is always wanted for preboarding. Gold is preferred because it then keeps the premium security lines open to me.

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 5):
I'm majoring in Supply Chain at ASU and I really, really want a job that will let me do something like this.

Be careful what you wish for.

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 5):
I want to be a business traveller and get to go all sorts of places, as long as I get time at home also of course.

Don't think that business travel is glamourous all the time. I'm down here in Oz right now and have seen nothing other than the inside of the office and the sidewalk from the hotel to the office. Sometimes it is great but the majority of the time it stinks being away from home, the wife, the dogs, and soon to arrive rugrat. Get back to me after you've been in some shit town for a week and your food choices are McDonalds, Jethro's Greasy Spoon, and the Roach Mmotel and then we'll see how glamorous you think business travel is.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20375 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3566 times:

The first time I made elite was with OnePass back when Eastern was still flying and the levels were Bronze, Silver and Gold.

As soon as I hit Bronze, my name would be paged when flights were full, so I could be given a boarding pass in First. The first time it happened, I naively said, "But I'm not Silver or anything yet", and the agent just smiled and said, "You're the only elite on the flight, and I need your seat." Imagine something like that happening when coach is full today. The only elite, ha!

From then on, after having something tangible to associate it with, I actually felt that my continued business was valued and rewarded. The day the card first arrived, I'd felt like it was just some gimmick to give me a shinier card.



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

United is fun and all and being an upper-class member has it's perks but it's like being pre-approved for a credit card..... That excitement wears off right after you see the interest rate.... and the shitty credit limit.

Matt



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User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 7):
Don't think that business travel is glamourous all the time.

I know that. But all my life, whenever we've went on vacation I've enjoyed getting there as much as the destination. Yes I know business trips can send you to Des Moines, but so what. I'd enjoy the process of getting there just fine. Plus think of all the people that never fly anywhere or leave the state they were born in. I'd consider myself lucky - unless of course I got stuck in a trap of hardly ever being home, but sometimes it's good to just go somewhere else, and I'd be fine with being away maybe once a month or so.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3700 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 7):
Don't think that business travel is glamourous all the time. I'm down here in Oz right now and have seen nothing other than the inside of the office and the sidewalk from the hotel to the office. Sometimes it is great but the majority of the time it stinks being away from home, the wife, the dogs, and soon to arrive rugrat. Get back to me after you've been in some shit town for a week and your food choices are McDonalds, Jethro's Greasy Spoon, and the Roach Mmotel and then we'll see how glamorous you think business travel is.

Wise words.

My father has travelled regularly on business for as long as I can remember but in the late 1980s (when I was 6 and my brother was 4) he took a job that meant apart from holidays he was in the California for one week then in the UK for a week. Sure it meant nice perks like we got to go out to California for every other month or so but it certainly wasn't the same not having him around. In the late 1990s he moved onto another job with less longhaul travel, maybe one trip per month and now goes away a few times per week shorthaul instead.

Basically everyone in his office who didn't travel or friends used to say how glamorous it must be to go away once a week to Los Angeles or Paris or Amsterdam when in fact the reality of business travel at least on shorthaul is arrive at airport, take taxi to office in business park near airport, return to airport and go home. To some extent longhaul travel is less stressful, sometimes a day to get wherever relax in a hotel, weekends off on lengthier assignments etc but it is still being away from the family / SO.

To be quite honest I'd enjoy a job with some business travel, but maybe even once or twice a month would be enough for me. Don't think my wife would like it so much if I was away 24/7  Wink but if you are single and happy to live out of a suitcase then go for it! Just remember that word glamour when you are in a Red Roof Inn in Des Moines for 6 months on long term assignment and eating at Applebees and Olive Garden everyday  Wink



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User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3118 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

I have to say, there is always something about a newly minted elite who marches to the front of lines, waves his/ her card around, and thinks he/ she is a big shot!


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 11):
in Des Moines for 6 months on long term assignment and eating at Applebees and Olive Garden everyday

Ah yes...Applebees and Olive Garden...the bete noir (black beast) of the business traveller.

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 10):
I know that. But all my life, whenever we've went on vacation I've enjoyed getting there as much as the destination.

I'm not trying to give you a hard time but get back to me after your flight home or there gets cancelled because of a snowstorm or you circle the field for two hours because of a thunderstorm. I try to spend as little time at the airport as I can because of crap like this and the mouthbreathing yokels that populate the terminals because of the "crazy, insane, low airfares!" made available by the LCCs. Like I said, it can be fun now and then but I think you'll find otherwise the majority of the time.

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 10):
Yes I know business trips can send you to Des Moines, but so what.

Des Moines would be a freakin' joy compared to some of the places I have been. (I'm looking at you Arkansas!) Since you said you are in supply chain studies at school I'm sure you'll be visiting manufacturing plants in the middle of nowhere. You'll see what we are talking about soon enough as the places you will be going aren't places you would go on vacation. Go rent "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" and you'll see what us road warriors put up with on a weekly basis it seems.



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User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

My stint as a MP premier exec has been nice, and it has come through in a pinch for me a time or two! Alas, though, more woes of biz travel mean my miles have been rolling in at top speed for a year and a half now, but the brick wall is in sight!
I earned premier quite by chance last year, then was lucky enough to coast into exec, and I was within striking distance of 1K. The time away from home is rough though, and I almost missed the birth of my first child (congrats and have fun, deltagator!). After I got all the wonderful benefits though, my chances to use them have been steadily decreasing. I moved out of a technical and into a leadership position at work (good for my evaluations, but bad for my EQM's!), our off-site jobs have been focused in Guam, which is not served by UA and only has one inaccessible *Alliance codeshare, and our contractual carrier to the west coast changed to HA (whom I will be aboard for a now rare site visit in a few days). To top it all off, I am being transferred to a new job where travel will be rare, if ever.
Even though I won't make even premier again (or need the perks anyhow!) the use of the Red Carpet Club in NRT has been a godsend during many long layovers. The extra baggage allowance has made a couple family trips much easier and first and biz upgrades have made some of the traveling much more palatable. But my absolute favorite perk has been the customer service. I will certainly miss not having to wait for an hour on the phone or in line at a busy airport!


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9490 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3486 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 11):
To be quite honest I'd enjoy a job with some business travel, but maybe even once or twice a month would be enough for me. Don't think my wife would like it so much if I was away 24/7 but if you are single and happy to live out of a suitcase then go for it! Just remember that word glamour when you are in a Red Roof Inn in Des Moines for 6 months on long term assignment and eating at Applebees and Olive Garden everyday

Yes but at least when you are staying at that Red Roof Inn and eating at Applebees, everything is paid for. You get to expense everything and still get paid your salary and compensation on top of that. Sure it might not be glamorous, but you do get paid well since you don't pay for any of your living expenses like food or utilities. Of course I have never done anything like that.

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 5):
I'm majoring in Supply Chain at ASU and I really, really want a job that will let me do something like this. I want to be a business traveller and get to go all sorts of places, as long as I get time at home also of course. And welcome to the RU club.

Thanks for adding me to your RU list. Actually much of my travel is for personal reasons. I can maintain Premier status on just personal travelling alone since I live so far from family and like to visit people. I'm guessing that depending on the job, someone working in supply chain management could do a lot of traveling. I'm a mechanical engineer and am currently working in mechanical operations, which means I'm supporting plant operations across the world. Usually at any given time, there are a good portion of the people in my department on business trips. I've yet to experience much with this current job since I've only been with this department for a short while, but I probably will get some opportunities to learn and travel in the not so distant future.

But I know that many people in my department at work who hate travelling now. They always gripe about it. I would volunteer for a trip in a heart beat regardless of the destination just so that I can get a little excitement of traveling and get away from my apartment and the city I live in for a while. But most guys around me who have been working there for years try to avoid travelling. People have been to Singapore and Puerto Rico way too much, and it is funny to hear them complain. I'd be so eager to go to Puerto Rico myself, but I'm still young and don't have a family to worry about.



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3462 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 15):
but you do get paid well since you don't pay for any of your living expenses like food or utilities.

Bills don't just disappear because you travel for your job. Heck, I'm in Oz right now and paid bills this evening by logging into my PC at home. Yes, the hotel and food are expensed but when you find yourself memorizing the menu from Olive Garden and the front desk at the Marriott now you by sight it is time to go home.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 15):
I would volunteer for a trip in a heart beat regardless of the destination

Let's see that happen when they want to send you to Bumblefuck, USA for a while.



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User currently offlineMSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 3449 times:

I had elite with NW and didn't work too hard to keep it. Actually, my partner and I were both 1 flight away from keeping it and almost just flew from MSN to MSP for a weekend just to keep it, but in the end we decided it's just not worth it. That kind of behavior is just what they want out of the elite-status deal. The occasional upgrades were nice, but on a longer flight I still found myself using miles or buying F if the price was right just to make sure I was going to be in F. It shortened some lines for me but not much. Priority baggage handling tags didn't get put on my bags half the time, and even when they did, I don't think it made any difference. My attitude is, if I make elite, fine, but if not, who cares.

Living in a city with Midwest flights, too, you have to realize that I could just buy a ticket on Midwest and be treated nicer than if I were elite on NW (not to knock NW, I fly them by choice a lot, but YX is that nice). No worries about upgrades, etc.


User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3212 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

I don't travel too much (2-3 Long Haul (India -> USA) trips a year, almost no domestic travel), but I absolutely love being a *A Gold.

The *only* reason I like being a gold is the ability to use the lounge at all airports along the way. I guess the other reason would be priority waitlist (not that it really helps), and the ability to check in at the J class counter.

But lounge access rocks!! And I'm thrilled to be *A Gold for 2 years now, and hopefully the 3rd year coming up next month (when I do another 20000 mile journey India -> USA - this time on SQ)



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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3077 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3372 times:

I'm an elite with AS - I enjoy being able to pre-reserve exit rows and other preferred seats when I can't get free upgrades (about 50% of the time). Other than that, the priority phone line is nice (much shorter wait than regular lines) and I like the preboarding and bonus miles. Of course when your flight is 3 hours late, it doesn't really seem to matter as much.

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 7):
Don't think that business travel is glamourous all the time. I'm down here in Oz right now and have seen nothing other than the inside of the office and the sidewalk from the hotel to the office. Sometimes it is great but the majority of the time it stinks being away from home, the wife, the dogs, and soon to arrive rugrat. Get back to me after you've been in some shit town for a week and your food choices are McDonalds, Jethro's Greasy Spoon, and the Roach Mmotel and then we'll see how glamorous you think business travel is.

So true - I was looking forward to business travel. Then my first week on the job I had to fly into Midland, Texas and then drive two hours to Hobbs, New Mexico. Not quite the exotic locale I was hoping for! Luckily, I haven't been back, and don't have to travel all that much.


User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1003 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

When I got Premier (Star Alliance Silver) on UA I didn't even realise it until they sent me the card in the mail. Perks are not that great, but if you miss a flight the priority WL is cool! Shortly after that I got Premier Executive (Star Alliance Gold), which is pretty neat. I truly enjoy the separate check-in at AKL, separate immigration counter, lounge access, priority luggage, etc. Best is that Air NZ tries to keep the seat next to me empty. Also just got an upgrade on LH (LIS-FRA), which was really nice of them as well. So yeah, silver is not that great, but gold is fab...

Cheerio
micha


User currently offlineFlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
So after you reached Elite status with your favorite airline how did you feel?

Well doc, I feel it all began back in.......

Sorry, just had to go there! Alright, I am a Million Miler and Platinum at DL. I remember a time prior to the airlines taking the "all seats in First full" policy. It was a period when you really received superior attention and service up front. Today, all it amounts to is pre-boarding, a larger seat and maybe a little more food in a class that is promised to be full.

I think when you reach the elite frequent flyer levels you need to look back and ask if it's worth it. I think I have sacrificed a great deal for traveling as much as I have had to.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 15):
Sure it might not be glamorous, but you do get paid well since you don't pay for any of your living expenses like food or utilities

I must respectfully disagree. It is simply not glamorous it is vacation expenditure levels. If you were at home, would you spend $15 per plate for your family of four for a marginal continental breakfast. I hope not. Would you spend $15 for a special drink or $40 per entree? Again, I doubt it.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 15):
I would volunteer for a trip in a heart beat regardless of the destination just so that I can get a little excitement of traveling and get away from my apartment and the city I live in for a while.

Our company travel policy is at a fixed IRS daily per Diem allowance. So even if it were 'glamorous' I don't think I would want to pay too much for it. But I admire your exhuberance for getting out there and encourage you to enjoy it while you 'do'! You will enjoy it for awhile. Take it as far as you can.

[Edited 2006-07-10 02:01:41]


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