HNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2949 times:
I'm just curious...so what's it like to be a top tier FF with the majors? UA 1K, AA Executive Platinum, etc. I was a Premier with UA for years, but just a regular Premium. I made Platinum with HA for two year, due to purchasing commuter passes. That was a very nice two years. Upgrades galore! Even transpacific u/g's.
Jet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 863 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2754 times:
Some years ago I was Platinum on one of the American Carriers, and was flying from Japan, stopping over in Chicago I think, to transfer to South America. Something like that. Anyway, I had a very expensive first class ticket. An airline gentleman met me at the arrival gate and personally escorted me to the lounge. I was a bit puzzled and asked him why and he said simply "Because you paid a lot for your ticket, sir.".
Since then I fly less and don't first First anymore. Sigh!
I think this is a very interesting topic though. I've read a couple articles how airlines keep track of those flyers who regularly clock a couple 100K miles, and look out for them very well.
Happy to hear experiences from those Favoured Few!
HNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2717 times:
Your reply reminds me of how the airlines do look out for their top flyers, or elites in general. Although your situation did not warrant "unusual operations", I had one similar experience. I was coming back to HNL from LAS with a change of aircraft in SFO. Due to bad weather in SFO, planes were backing up and they weren't able to confirm us a landing spot, so we were "holding" at LAS. The delay would have caused a very tight connection for me in SFO. I went up to the desk to explain this and they said they understood, but due to the weather in SFO there was really nothing they could do. Well we finally got a clear and they boarded us, got us in the air and off we went to SFO.
Imagine my surprise when we parked at the gate at SFO to hear my name being paged by an agent as we were deplaning. "Mr. Robert Lee, please identify yourself to the concierge at the door before you deplane". I id'd myself to a very pleasant woman wearing a red carnation at the door who introduced herself to me and apologized for the delay and that she would be escorting me to my connecting flight. She explained that she had prepared a boarding pass for me already and upgraded me to business class for my flight back to HNL. We scurried through SFO to my next gate only to find out that the SFO-HNL flight had been delayed slightly as well. Before she left me, she asked if there was anything else I needed and I said no and thanked her. She turned it right back and thanked me for flying with them and to have a pleasant flight.
I was a Premier (P2) with UA at the time this happened, not even a top tier. It just shows, elite is a good thing to be.