Learn From My Mistake

American Air 500-Mile Upgrade Balance

American Air 500-Mile Upgrade Balance

As you might recall if you are a long-time reader, I am currently MVP Gold 75K with Alaska, Platinum with American and Platinum with Delta.  If you are a regular reader, you might recall that I am concentrating more of my flying with Alaska this year because of the very generous 125% bonus miles based on miles flown.  All makes sense except for two complicating factors for me:

  1. I have actually flown less this year than I did last year.
  2. I was greedy and wanted to use some of my American 500-mile upgrade passes since I had accumulated quite a few.

Traveling fewer miles for work is not something that I can do much about.  According to my Tripit profile, I have only traveled 82,500 miles.  As we enter fall, I have some flying to do to get my numbers up (via mileage runs and also work travel looks pretty busy for the next few months).

But here is my error that you can learn from:  don't be greedy.  I thought that since I had so many American 500-mile upgrades to burn before I am no longer Platinum, I thought I should use up.  The problem is that every time I was flying American and trying to use the upgrades up, I did not make the cut to even have the privilege of using my upgrades.  Yes, that is right, I flew Main Cabin Extra and did not even get the opportunity to use my 500-mile upgrades.  I could have credited those flights toward Alaska Air (especially before American went revenue on us mid-year. 

So what are the consequences of my greed?  I have some catching up I have to do on Alaska Air. I am not going to be just Gold with them for next year (which I am qualified for), so I will take the necessary flights to keep my MVP Gold 75K.  That 125% bonus on Alaska Air is just too alluring for me to ignore.


American Airlines Transitions to the Dark Side

We knew since November 2015 that American Airlines was going to transition to awarding elite bonus miles on the dollars spent and today's email confirms start date (August 1, 2016) and details (see picture below). 


Also, American has added a new level for 75,000 miles (Platinum Pro) which makes sense to me.  They always had a huge jump from Platinum to Executive Platinum (50,000 to 100,000 miles) which in my opinion needed to be adjusted. 

Their dollar amounts for qualifications are in line with Delta's Skymiles program.  One thing of note is that there has not been an increase to Executive Platinum from 100,000 miles.  Achieving American's top level will certainly be easier than reaching Delta Diamond.  Delta has 125,000 miles and $15,000 requirement for Diamond and American has 100,000 miles and $12,000 for Executive Platinum.

My take on all this?  Confirms why I will not keep my Delta Platinum and American Platinum next year but will spend most of my time on Alaska Air maintaining my MVP Gold 75K.

What are your thoughts?