When you think about frequent flyer programs, you need to separate the two functions they serve. One part of the program is where you earn points by flying with the airline (or by having a co-brand credit card, transferring miles from a flexible currency partner, using a shopping or dining portal) which you can redeem for things like free flights (and other items like merchandise, upgrades and lounge memberships). Airlines have made earning points from flying more and more difficult while offering large bonuses for credit card sign-ups.
The other part of a frequent flyer program is the ability to earn status with your travels. The more you fly on an airline (or one of their alliance partners), the higher status you achieve. When you get status, you earn perks like free checked bags, upgrades, lounge access as well as a dedicated service line to speak with when you need assistance. The higher the level of status you have, the more points you’ll earn when you fly, tying the two parts of the program together.
While I feel that everyone should pay attention to the points earning side of frequent flyer programs, it just doesn’t make sense for most people to worry about getting status with an airline.
Continue reading “Airline Status Matters For Some People But Most Of Us Should Just Ignore It”
At times I wonder what it might be like to be a loyal American Airlines flyer to see your airline of choice giving away the status you flew countless miles and spent a good chunk of money to acquire.
Last year American gave Sharon Platinum Pro status for a few months and while we didn’t fly with them enough to keep the status, I did take advantage of it to confirm seats for us in Main Cabin Extra, which made it seem that flying American could be tolerable.
Well, American is at it again. This time, I am the one with the targeted offer and American wants me to see what being a Platinum member is like.
I can’t help but think that giving away status is the only thing they have left going for them to get people to fly on their airline.
Continue reading “American Airlines Is At It Again, Offering Status To People For Nothing”
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Continue reading “Points Opportunity Gone Before It Started, Another Credit Card Removed This Perk, Is This Airline Going To Revenue Based Redemptions?, & More!”
Why do we stay loyal to airline brands? I guess that depends on how you define loyalty. For points and miles people, their first reaction may be to think about loyalty programs. Now, I’ve argued that these programs aren’t really about loyalty anymore and more about incentivizing you to change your current habits.
I’m not talking about this type of loyalty. I’m simply asking why do we to stick with a particular company. I’d bet that you have a go-to airline that, all other things being equal, you’ll book first. Now, if that’s because you’re a part of the loyalty program and need to keep your status, maybe it’s time to hop off that hamster wheel.
Continue reading “Why We Stay Loyal To Airline Brands (And Why We Sometimes Shouldn’t)”
Check your email because today Sharon and I both received offers to earn Frontier Elite 20K status after taking two round trip flights. Considering that you’d usually need to fly 20,000 miles on Frontier (or spend $20,000 on the Frontier Credit Card) to achieve this status, it’s a pretty good deal. This may be a targeted offer because the emails contained a link specific to our Frontier Miles accounts.
(Update August 7, 2018. the offer is now available to everyone at THIS LINK.)