|Quoting LHR777 (Reply 94):|
So, basically, you're contradicting yourself here, by stating in reply 1 that the airline would have gained your loyalty, had they upgraded you.
You obviously also don't understand the Alliances.
I flew a partner airline on 8hrs notice. yes, clicked at 10pm the night before for an int'l res. There was unfortunate3ly no availability on my normal airline.
I therefore flew a partner airline, I get the same mileage, and get to board early. I can not use upgrades, or miles to push forward. With 350,000 miles on account what the hell do I care about 15K each way for an upg. But partners don't do that.
If you build miles on UA you don't get UPG's on US or AC.
If you build miles on on DL you don't get UPG's on NW or CO.
So before you make a statement become a FF. Know the rules. And use them.
That airline, as it was a partner would have won alot of my business. Because miles accrue equally within the alliance and I can freely chose which airline I fly within the alliance. This is especially the case because I book a great deal of long haul. And I can buy Business on a 50 day advance in I inventory at an equivalent M fare with a seven day minimum stay. This applies to all US carriers.
Hi level FF's know the rules, and play the game. Most employees are clueless
If you really want to know the truth call your Elite-Plus res line at DL or CO or UA or whomever and ask the following question:
How savvy are the platinums or equivalent?
The answer will be very shocking to you.
Your agents will all tell you:
The AVERAGE Platinum knows more about your airline than the employees. In fact many of the res agents will tell you that they learn from the Platinums.
This may be difficult for your ego, but it is logical.
Simply the road warrier learns how to get where he needs and how he needs.
The employee doesn't have to figure it out. There is a manual that tells you what to do. The road warrier uses his knowledge to get him home to see the kids soccer.
You on the other hand don't know squat about being a customer.
So call your Res and ask them just how stupid the Platinums are. And I bet you you carreer versus mine that we know one hell of alot more about travelling than you do!