On a very different topic, I am sad to say that I finally had to cave in, and not use my NZ
Airpoints card as first option anymore. By mid-2015 my Gold status will expire, and despite having flown (much) more this year than ever before (and mostly on NZ
and Star Alliance carriers), I won't even reach Gold again. With the change in the accrual system, they make it almost impossible to achieve Gold if your company only approves the lowest fares.
The recognition upgrades were nice, but to me lounge access, premium check-in, a second piece of luggage and pre-boarding were the most important benefits (in that order), and thus I will now only use Airpoints if I am in fare buckets that won't allow accrual on partner airlines.
When I lived in Canada, I had UA
Gold (premium executive) for a few years, and once I moved to New Zealand, a couple of years later I changed to NZ
, and had Gold for quite a few years in the row now. No longer, which is sad for me, since I still love NZ
, and support them wherever I can. But they make it increasingly difficult.
I know there are those frequent flyers who argue that people like me shouldn't get Gold in the first place, because we are not very high yielding passengers. While that is true, we are still loyal customers who book as much as possible on NZ
, and get pretty much no reward to this. UA
are impractble for me now, since I am not guaranteed to travel in North America every year (work brings me all over the world), and thus won't get the minimum legs required on their respective own airline. Thus, I am looking at OZ
now, with the additional benefit that you can accrue over 24 months. And/or I might even jump ship (alliance) and increase Oneworld flying via QF
and partners. In that vein, the AA LAX
rumour would do me nicely. Decisions decisions....