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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Okay, got a hypothetical situation for the OnePass gurus here.

Let's say I qualify for Gold status this year (remotely possible- I lost silver last year, but will regain it in August)
So, anyhow, now I'm a Gold member. Now, let's say that, unfortunately, I don't make ANY elite status the year after.
Now, would I get downgraded from Gold to Silver, or from Gold to... nothing?

I'm probably thinking wishfully, aren't I?

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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

My understanding is that you're be Gold through Dec 2009 even if you never flew again.


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21474 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

Gold to nothing. No carryover in my experience. I made gold one year, and had to earn silver the next like everybody else.


Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...content/onepass/elite/qualify.aspx

"Elite Status Membership Period

Upon qualification, Elite status is valid through the end of the program year in which you qualified, as well as the entire following year. For example, if you complete 25,000 flight miles on June 1, 2007, you will earn Silver Elite membership for the remainder of 2007 and the subsequent Elite program year.
"



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

JHoop, I appreciate your work, but you're not answering my question.

Mike has... yet I am still hoping he's wrong.


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

Therefore, on Jan. 1, 2010, you'll revert back to non-elite status unless you earn status in 2009.

[Edit] My apologies for not reading your question more clearly. He's right, you revert to squat.

** "forward thinking statement" disclaimer. Who knows what the airline landscape will be on that date?, presumably much different than it does now, although I sincerely hope Continental survives as one of the stronger carriers because they seem to be one of the only ones still treating customers right.

[Edited 2008-06-24 23:30:23]


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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

Dang it.

Dang it.


User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 2920 times:

It depends. CO is very good at looking at the revenue you produce. Lets say you make gold this year (valid the remainder of this year and until 2/28/10). In the 2009 qualification year, you don't make Silver, but fly 20 segments on high yield tickets, you MIGHT find yourself getting a complimentary extension at Silver level for 2010.

Might.

Might.

I can say this because I went from seven straight years of Elite status (Plat the last 2), to not flying CO at all. CO chose not to honor the "Guaranteed Y seat" perk for me, and then an agent in FLL didn't realize this gringo knew spanish when talking about me to a coworker. I took all of my business away, but had gotten about halfway to Silver for the following year when I dumped CO. (Would have made Plat easily). The following March, I received a Silver Elite package and a letter telling me that I had been comped status. Never used it.

So I can't tell you exactly HOW it happens, but I know for a fact it DOES happen. But I wouldn't plan on it....


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

Thanks, Tommy. That info is useful.
Sorry you had a bad experience with CO. But, so far, I haven't, so I'll keep on truckin' with them.
The chances of me going gold this year are decent, but it's perfectly fair for them not to downgrade me to silver if I don't make it. I was just hoping.


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

Just found this....apparently there is a way to keep your elite status.

(from CO.com)

Million Miler Program
As a Continental Airlines OnePass member, if you have flown over one million Lifetime Flight Miles, we want to welcome you to our Million Miler program. This program comes with some unique benefits that we have reserved for our most loyal customers:

Lifetime Elite status
As part of this program, we'll see to it that you will never lose your Elite status, even if you fly less in the future.

Million Miler: Earn at least one million lifetime flight miles and your Elite status will never fall below our Silver Elite level.
Two Million Miler: Earn at least two million lifetime flight miles and your Elite status will never fall below our Gold Elite level.
Four Million Miler: Our highest honor. Earn at least four million flight miles and you will always be a Platinum Elite.



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2701 times:



Quoting Jhooper (Reply 9):
Just found this....apparently there is a way to keep your elite status.

Million Miler, well yeah, but I'm just anticipating being able to reach Gold status for the first time! Previously it's just been Silver.

If I ever make a million miles, I suspect one of two things:
1. Continental will liquidate shortly thereafter, or
2. I will be too old to remember who I am, much less who you are or how to travel an airline.


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2695 times:



Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 10):
Million Miler, well yeah, but I'm just anticipating being able to reach Gold status for the first time! Previously it's just been Silver.

I've never made status before because I used to always fly free, but now I get to fly regularly on the company's dime, so I think I'll hit silver this year with CO. I need 10,000 more miles or 9 more points which shouldn't be a problem by Dec. It's not likely I'll ever be a "million miler" either.



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User currently offlineCMHfreqflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

I'm late to this thread, but agreed that you get nothing the following year if you don't make the silver elite qualification. The one very minor item that I would add is that Elite status is based on mileage flown during a calendar year, but the Elite year goes from February to February. So - if you make gold this year, you are gold through February 2010 then would revert to whatever you fly during calendar 2009. In any case, as long as you hit silver status this calendar year (2008) you will be silver through February 2010.

My experience with CO has also been very good - if you are able to hit platinum they really do seem to try harder to take care of their platinum customers. Not sure if I will ever make the million mile deal though - that's a LOT of miles. I'm assuming that they only count the Elite qualification portion, which required 75,000 / year for platinum. That would be over ten years for most platinum flyers unless they are really living on airplanes. If they count total FF miles, that would not be quite as hard to attain, as the mileage bonuses really start to add up once you hit platinum. Right now I probably have about 600,000 FF miles earned and seem to be running about 200,000 / year total. Note that this is NOT flown miles - I usually end up just over the 75,000 Elite qualification miles every year. This year I may not even hit the 75,000 miles but may still hit platinum due to 90 segments being flown.

Good luck!
Daryll
CO Platinum FF


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