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.


Delta Adding Doors to Make Suites in Delta One Business Class

Delta has announced that they are adding sliding doors to certain Delta One Business Class flights in 2017 to make the areas into mini "suites" for flyers.  I have never flown Delta One on an international flight but have had the privilege multiple times hopping on a "re-positioning" international plane domestically.  Service will debut on Delta's A350 and will feature 32 suites.

While, of course, this announcement is big news for Delta, it is less so for a lot of international Middle Eastern and Asian airlines that have had suites for quite some time.  The few things that make this a bit more newsworthy:

  • Delta is doing this for Business Class (but remember, Delta no longer has First Class for international and some transcontinental flights and rebranded their lie-flat seats as Delta One).
  • Delta is a US Carrier.

Here are a few of the additional items from Delta's Press Announcement:

  • A full-height door at every suite
  • Sliding privacy dividers between center suites
  • In-suite, customizable ambient lighting
  • Dedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops
  • Contemporary design featuring premium trim and finishes
  • Memory foam-enhanced comfort cushion
  • An 18-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment monitor, the largest among U.S. carriers
  • A universal power outlet and high-powered USB port at every seat